Kemp Church Music Symposium

Becoming Tuneful, Beautiful and Artful
Saturday, October 12, 2013 

All children are born with the potential to become musical.  With inappropriate or no music experiences children can lose their intuitions for music. This workshop will provide a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how a repertoire of traditional children's songs, rhymes, games and dances as well as movement with classical music can develop the next generation of tuneful, beautiful and artful citizens. To achieve that goal, an 8-part curriculum will be presented that can be easily used with preschool and elementary aged children.  

Through carefully sequenced activities this fun workshop will address how to enable students to joyfully assimilate the content and skills necessary to become musically literate including the acquisition of listening, rhythmic and melodic reading, dictation, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner. Participants will experience a curriculum that grows out of tonal and rhythmic elements that exist in the folk song literature of this country.  Each rhythm or tonal element will be  explored in patterns, songs and themes from classical literature.

9:00 – 9:15        Opening

9:15 – 12:15      First Steps in Music: Becoming Tuneful, Beautiful and Artful with John Feierabend 

12:15 – 1:15      Lunch in the Dining Commons 

1:15 – 2:15        John Feierabend 

2:15 – 3:15        Choral Reading Session with Tom Shelton, Sue Ellen Page, and Choristers (grades 3-5 from the Nassau Presbyterian Church) 

3:15 – 3:30        Break 

3:30 – 4:15        Hymn Sing with Helen Kemp

Instructors and Guest Lecturers
John Feierabend
Tom T. Shelton
Helen Kemp
Sue Ellen Page, Director Choirs for Children and Youth, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Register Online! 

Fee: $125 (includes lunch)


The Kemp Endowment

The Kemp Endowment for Church Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University honors the memory and legacy of John S.C. Kemp, church musician and educator, who chaired the sacred music department at Westminster during the 1970s and early ’80s. It seeks to support current and successive generations of church musicians at a crucial time in the history of church music. Its foundation is based on Dr. Kemp’s belief that rigorous musical training and scholarship, as well as continuing education and the development of pastoral skills are crucial for music ministry to be effective. By supporting student scholarships and lectureships at Westminster, the Kemp Endowment sponsors educational programs that engage pastors and musicians in conversation about liturgy and song.

Together with his wife Helen, John Kemp served numerous churches as minister of music. The Kemps modeled their multiple-choir programs after the church choir school concept set forth by John Finley Williamson, founder of Westminster Choir College, from which both Helen and John graduated, met and married. Thousands of lives have been enriched by the Kemps through their work in churches both large and small; the leadership they provided at the Choir College; the workshops led and articles written, in particular, through the Choristers Guild; and the important work done on national and local committees and boards of directors.