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Church Music Conference


 July 21-27, 2019 


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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.

*Logo Design by long-time attendee Zach Dishman*

Click HERE for a downloadable version of our BC/CMCMailer!

Union Presbyterian Seminary alumni are invited to attend the UPSem Luncheon on Thursday during the Conference! Please check ‘yes’ next to the Union Seminary Alumni Luncheon in your registration form to sign up.

CMC Clinicians

Church Music Clinicians

Adult Choir


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.


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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.



Sue Richards

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 (, 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.,



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.

Youth Choir


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.

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.

Children’s Choir


David Lail

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.


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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.


Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 - 8:25 Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 All Conference Devotions at The Springs

9:00 - 10:10 Adult Advanced Handbells & Intermediate Harp

10:15 - 11:15 Adult Conference Choir

11:30 - 12:25 Morning Worship & Reading Sessions: Adult Choir

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:25 Adult Conference Choir

2:30 - 3:25 Intermediate Handbells & Chamber Choir & Beginning Harp

3:30 - 4:30 Reading Sessions: All others & Harp Tasting Course (Tuesday & Wednesday)

3:45 - 4:45 Organ Class at Massanutten Presbyterian Church

5:15 - 6:15 Dinner

7:00 Evening Worship

8:30 Special Evening Activity

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

  • Art for High School youth

  • Handbells for 3rd-5th graders

  • Handbells for Middle School youth

  • Orff for Kindergarten- 8th Graders

  • Music emphasis in evening worship!

  • Organ Classes daily at Massanutten PC

  • Harp Classes daily: Two Levels (maybe three levels in 2019)

  • 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

  • Camp Connections- a program for children, youth, and collegiates - for 2019, newly expanded camp activities and child participation in conjunction with Netta Day Camp!

  • Time to rest, rock, renew

CMC Registration

Registration for CMC 2019 is here!

Union Presbyterian Seminary alumni are invited to attend the UPSem Luncheon on Thursday during the Bible Conference! Please check ‘yes’ next to the Union Seminary Alumni Luncheon in your registration form to sign up.


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.

Camp Connections

Camp Connections

July 21-27, 2019


There is something for the whole family during the Bible Conference and Church Music Conference.


Wee Connect: For infants- preschool age children.  Spend time with our loving caregivers in our updated nursery.  The day will include playtime, story time, rest time, and music time.

Kids Connect: For children in completed Kindergarten- 5th Grade. Children will spend the day doing a variety of Camp Activities including, water play, archery, swimming, canoes, Bible Study and lawn games.  All children will participate in choir.  Upper Elementary students will participate in handbells.

Youth Connect: For youth in completed 6th- 12th Grade.  The day will be anchored by Bible Study, Choir.  Middle School youth will participate in handbells.  High School youth have the option of signing up for Intermediate and advanced handbells (this requires pre-registration).  There is a lot of time to hang out, explore Massanetta,  do the Challenge Course/Zipline, and spend time with friends. 

Camp Connections for children and youth are led by HS Juniors/Seniors and College Students who have leadership experience working with Children and youth.  Many of them are children and youth of Massanetta programs and camp and love coming back each year to share Massanetta with a new generation.  

You Register for Camp Connections when your family registers for the Bible and Church Music Conference.  Your confirmation material will include an additional youth information form that will help us register your children/youth.  

Click HERE for a downloadable version of our Youth Mailer!


College Connections


So many of the youth who grew up coming to Bible Conference and Church Music Conference are now in College.  Many come back to experience the conference.  College Connections is for collegiates (completed freshman year- 23 years of age) to have an opportunity to reconnect and dig deeper. College students are invited to register normally for either Bible or Church Music conference and there will be opportunities just for college students planned throughout the day.  


Camp Counselors


Interested in serving as a 2019 Camp Connections Counselor?

We are looking for youth (completed 11th/12th Grade) and college students who are excited about leading at Massanetta to help add numbers to our full time summer staff for this week of music and camp.
Dates of commitment are July 19-27, 2019.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis, dependent on room and availability. Camp Connection Counselors will be hired after Day Camp Counselors are hired.

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