July 21-27, 2019
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 concurrently. From young to young at heart, there’s truly something for everyone.
*Logo Design by long-time attendee Zach Dishman*
Church Music Clinicians
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 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.
David serves as organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hickory, NC, where he additionally directs the Chapel Choir and Luther Choir. David has more than 30 years of experience as an elementary music specialist and a private teacher in piano, voice, and organ. He serves on the summer faculty for Kodály teacher training at Carolina Kodály Institute. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University.
David Lail received his Bachelor of Music Education (Piano) degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and received his Master of Music Education (Organ) from Winthrop University. He earned certification as a Kodály Master Teacher from Capital University.
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.
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.
Michael J. Glasgow owns a LOT of black clothing. His work is legendary in church music, advertising, and supermarket-food-demonstrations (it was a dark time for him, but little old ladies still talk about his pioneer efforts with cutting-edge bagged salad).
In addition to his work at North Raleigh UMC, Michael is the Bass Section Leader for the NC Master Chorale, and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus. Heralded for his “abundant melodic gift” (New York Concert Review), Michael is an award-winning composer of organ, handbell and choral works, and keeps busy with commissions.
Michael made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Requiem for chorus and orchestra in June 2017, and will conduct its European premiere in Vienna in June 2019. He is proud to have served as the inaugural conductor for the Anthornis and Anthornis North advanced-ringing events in Minneapolis and Fargo; and to have conducted thrice in England (where they really use the word “thrice”). Additional international engagements include Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, and on a cruise ship in the Eastern Caribbean.
Sue Richards is a traditional Celtic harper; she studied classical harp as a teen at Oberlin College and then Ohio State University. When she discovered Celtic harps, she turned to the Irish and Scottish music of her heritage, winning the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times. She has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Queen Elizabeth of England, and sat in with the Chieftains Irish band. She currently teaches and directs the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin, Ohio, has taught and performed at most of the major Celtic harp festivals in the US, and has toured with the HARPA Ensemble in Norway and Scotland. Sue performs and composes with Ensemble Galilei in multi-media concerts sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art photography collection. She has three solo recordings on the Maggies Music label (www.maggiesmusic.com), and three books of arrangements of Celtic music for harp. She also has published a book of her own compositions, "Morning to Midnight." Currently Sue teaches in Asheville, NC.
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!
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
Registration for CMC 2019 is here!
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 email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: All emailed forms MUST be returned as a PDF document.
JPG documents will not be accepted.