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Church Music Conference


 July 22-28, 2018 

Together We Serve:

A Beacon of Hope for the Last and the Least

Threads from Daniel C. Damon’s hymn, “Together We Serve,” will be woven together to make our conference theme in 2019.  Damon, drawing upon Ephesians 4, uses rich imagery to paint a picture of a church united in Christ’s love for service to all.  We will explore what it means to follow God’s light into the dark corners of our world. Through song, worship, teaching, fellowship, and much more we will reimagine what it might mean to strengthen Christ’s ministry through service as a community of faith in times and places of difficulty.

You are invited to this WONDERFUL event that features something for everyone. Excellent clinicians provide a meaningful opportunity for continuing education to church music professionals. Choir members, handbell ringers, harpists, organists, and others will hone their craft and enjoy connecting with others who love sacred music. There is also programming for the whole family.  Children and youth will have their own opportunities for singing, ringing and more through the Camp Connections program.

If your family or church group has a wide variety of interests, The Church Music Conference is blessed with the Bible Conference , and Camp Connections program running concurrentlyFrom young to young at heart, there’s truly something for everyone.

CMC Clinicians

Church Music Clinicians

Adult Choir

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David Tate

David has directed church choirs since 1967 and has directed the adult choir at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren for 26 years. David is a graduate of Bridgewater College who recently retired after being a public school music educator for 37 years in Augusta County. Currently he is an adjunct member of the music faculty at Mary Baldwin College where he conducts the College Choir and teaches music education courses.



Allison Keisler

Allison is a native of Catawba County, NC and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She is an avid handbell enthusiast and is currently a member of The Raleigh Ringers. At Bandys High School, Allison directs the Mixed Choir, Concert Choir and Handbell Ensemble.



Dr. Ron Davis

Dr. Ron Davis serves as Chair of the Department of Music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. He has been heard as an organ recitalist throughout the US as well as Canada and the UK. He also currently serves as organist for First Baptist Church of Greenwood, SC. He is known for his service playing and creative hymn accompaniments for congregational singing and his hymn festivals consistently draw large audiences. He has served churches in AR, MO, KS, OK, TX, and SC. He has taught organ and service playing since 1987, beginning his career at Oklahoma Baptist University and moving to PC in 2004.

Children’s Choir


David Lail

Bio and image coming soon…



Marianne Houff

Marianne Houff grew up in Bethel, PA, where she began singing and playing chimes and handbells as a young child at Palmyra Church of the Brethren. Marianne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Bridgewater College. Her passion for music education and love for children’s voices led her to a Level 1 Orff certification from Virginia Commonwealth University and Kodaly certification from James Madison University and the University of Indiana. As children’s music director at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Marianne directs two leveled children’s choirs and the “Yorffs”, the church youth Orff ensemble. Marianne currently serves as music specialist at John Wayland Elementary School in Rockingham County, Virginia.

Youth Choir

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Michael Glasgow

Michael serves as Minister of Music at North Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, where he oversees a program with more than 15 musical ensembles for all ages and skill levels.
He was born and raised outside of Detroit, and came to the Southeast for college where he double-majored in music theory/composition and journalism at the College of Charleston (SC). Later, Michael earned Master of Church Music (with handbell and choral emphases) from Concordia University Wisconsin.



Sue Richards

Sue Richards is an internationally known performer, teacher, composer and author. Sue has recorded dozens of CDs, and has entertained audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

After first studying the concert harp in Ohio with Lucy Lewis and Jean Harriman, Sue turned to the Celtic harp and the Irish and Scottish traditional music of her heritage. Since then, Sue has performed numerous times for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, has twice played for President Bill Clinton, and recently added Queen Elizabeth II and President and Mrs. Bush to her list.


Typical Daily Schedule

8:30 – 8:45 – Morning Devotions at the Springs

9:00 – 10:10 – Adult Advanced Handbells

10:15 – 11: 15 – Adult Choir (CMC- Stewart)

11:30 – 12:25 – Handbell Reading Session (Monday Only)

11:30 – 12:25 – Beginner Harp

11:30 – 12:15 – Worship

12:30 – Lunch

1:30- 2:20 – Adult Conference Choir

2:30- 3:30 – Intermediate Handbells

2:30- 3:30 – Chamber Choir

3:30- 4:30 – Reading/Resource Sessions

3:45-4:30 – Organ Class

5:15- 6:30 – Dinner

7:00 – Worship

8:30 – Evening Celebrations!

And more!

  • Adult Choral Sessions, twice daily

  • Chamber Choir Sessions, once daily

  • Youth Choral Sessions on 2 age levels

  • Children’s Choral Sessions on 2 age levels

  • Handbells for adults and older youth on 2 levels

  • Meet our New Executive Director, Clayton Rascoe

  • Drums for Middle School youth

  • Drums for High School youth

  • Handbells for 3rd-5th graders

  • Handbells for Middle School youth

  • Orff for Kindergarten- 5th Graders

  • Instrumental Music emphasis for worship! Bring your winds, strings, and percussion instruments!

  • Organ Classes daily at Massanutten PC

  • Harp Classes daily: Two Levels

  • Massed Choir for Opening Worship Sunday night

  • Morning and Evening worship with the Bible Conference

  • Morning Devotions at the Springs

  • Resource and Reading Sessions for Choral and Handbell ministries

  • Instrumental and vocal ensembles leading in worship

  • Opportunities for one-on-one conversations with music and worship leaders

  • All Conference Children and Youth Concert

  • JW Pepper Music Store on campus

  • Jeffers Handbell Supply on campus

  • Camp Connections- a program for children, youth, and collegiates

  • Time to rest, rock, renew

CMC Registration

Registration for CMC 2019 is coming soon.


To complete the process you may mail your forms to Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center at 712 Massanetta Springs Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 OR you may EMAIL your completed forms to

PLEASE NOTE: All emailed forms MUST be returned as a PDF document.

JPG documents will not be accepted.

Earlier Event: June 20
Middle School Conference
Later Event: July 21
Bible Conference