'HEALING THROUGH SINGING AND SONG'
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Jeffrey Benson - Headliner
Director of Choral Activities - San Jose State University
Jeffrey Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles. Dr. Benson recently made his international conducting debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the SJSU Choraliers in Limerick, Ireland, and he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2015 with the SJSU Choirs and the New York Festival Orchestra. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform with the Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra and the Skywalker Orchestra.
Dr. Benson is a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series. He is also the Artistic Director of Peninsula Cantare, a community chorus based in Palo Alto. Benson received his Masters degree and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting/Music Education from The Florida State University and his Bachelor degree in Music Education from New York University.
THE HEALING POWERS OF BRAHMS' EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
Johannes Brahms wrote his Requiem as a piece for all of humanity. The first Requiem Mass set in a language other than Latin, Brahms' work spoke to the people at the time of its premiere and continues to enchant and heal audiences and singers today. This session will focus on singing and listening to the work with fresh ears and an open heart.
ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING TONE: Building the Voice with your Choirs
Singers of all ages need constant encouragement and reinforcement on excellent vocal health. As choir directors, we are our singers' primary voice teachers as well. Beautiful vocal tone is essential in all of our choirs. Singers young and old should be reminded and taught how to continue improving. This session will include voice building exercises and tools to encourage healthy singing for all skill levels.
Sessions of Interest:
Reading Session with Local Composers Presenting Their Work
Ed Willmington is the Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts, and Composer-in-Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary. Ed has a BA in Church Music and Conducting from Bethel University in Minnesota, and he holds an MM in Composition and a DMA in Composition from the University of Arizona.
Shawn Kirchner is a composer and songwriter active in the musical circles of Los Angeles whose choral works are performed throughout the world. Long active as a church musician, Kirchner is pianist/organist/composer- in-residence at the La Verne Church of the Brethren in La Verne, CA. He studied at Manchester College, where he earned a BA in Peace Studies under Kenneth Brown, and was mentored in songwriting by the poet/songwriter Steve Kinzie. He earned an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied with William Hatcher and Richard Bloesch. In recent years, Kirchner has been mentored in choral arranging and music philosophy by Alice Parker.
Worship Design: the privilege and the pressure
Whether your task is selecting the choral offering, designing the entire service, or anything in between, we’ll revisit the why, the what, the when, and the how. Leading our congregations in worship is a privilege. Avoiding both apathy and dread, let’s rediscover the joy of it!
Dan Korneychuk currently serves as Senior Director of Traditional Worship at Bel Air Church in Los Angeles, preceded by eight years as Executive Director of Worship, Music and the Arts at Irvine Presbyterian Church. He has held similar positions in churches throughout California since 1977, conducting choirs of all ages, designing and leading worship, and providing executive leadership and pastoral care. Dan is President-elect of the National Association of Church Musicians. A graduate of Biola University in Vocal Performance, he also studied choral conducting with Dr. William Dehning at the University of Southern California.
Children's Choir Music
LOUD AND PROUD: Creating a safe place for young singers. No matter how old the singer, the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them is crucial to vocal development. We’ll discuss how to encourage young singers to sing out, embrace the funny sounds our voices can make, and develop confidence to produce a beautiful tone! Bring your favorite vocal or physical warm-up to share, and we’ll make some silly, beautiful sounds together!
Lara Korneychuk is a children's/youth choir director and performing arts educator in the San Diego area. She serves as the Director of Children's/Youth Choirs at First United Methodist Church of San Diego, where she directs three ensembles, ranging in age from Kindergarten through college. Before moving to San Diego, Lara worked for five years as the Children's Choir Director at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, IL. Lara holds a BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance and a Certificate in Musical Theatre from Northwestern University. Lara worked for three years as Choral Director at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois, before accepting her current position as Performing Arts Educator at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA.
Praise Band Worship Music Reading Session
A reading session of the most well-known,newer worship songs and modern hymns, with a live praise band and singers. This will also include information and resources for finding and using new songs.
Ron Rogalski is the Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts Ministries at Calvary Church Santa Ana in Orange County, CA. Having come from Canada he’s been in church music and ministry since 1981. Training includes Bible at Taylor College (Edmonton, Alberta CANADA) and Simpson College, piano (BM) and music theory/composition (MA) at Cal State University in Sacramento. He enjoys almost all types of music, and relishes congregational worship in a unity of the Spirit (Romans 15:5-7).
The Joy of African Drumming
Introduction to African Drumming, and movement, and how these can be used to enhance worship.
Emmalyn Moreno is a performing artist, pianist, composer, singer, dancer, and teacher who uses her God-given talents in the Music and Dance Ministries. She is deeply involved with several interfaith groups and serves as board member, music and dance minister. In the Dance Ministry, Emmalyn is Vice President for the Southern California Chapter of the Sacred Dance Guild, Director of Chapters for the International Sacred Dance Guild, member of the Alleluia Dance Theater and director of Movin’ With the Spirit Ensemble. Her original music and choreography have been performed across the United States and in Canada.
Special Guest Artist - Diane White-Clayton, “Dr. Dee” - Monday Evening Concert
Dr. Diane White-Clayton is a native of Washington, DC, has been on staff at Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles since December 2005 where she is founding director of the Sacred Praise Chorale. A Baptist preacher’s daughter, she’s been singing, playing and directing choirs since childhood. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition and studied in Paris, France as Rotary Scholar at the Ecole Normale de Musique. Dr. Dee has held several university and church positions and travels extensively as performer and clinician. She is author of “Journey to the Altar: an Encouragement for Single Women;” she teaches at Loyola Marymount University and Disney Performing Arts Conservatory; and is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. She owns a publishing & artists support company with her husband and best friend, Joe Clayton.