Kemp Church Music Symposium

Faith Formation through Congregational Song:
Singing a 21st Century Faith

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Instructors and Guest Lecturers

Dr. Michael Hawn
Tom T. Shelton
Helen Kemp

“Each generation must add its stanza to the great hymn of the church.” -- Bishop Joel Martínez.

The sessions will explore the complex and rich streams of song that make of the North American musical and theological landscape. How can each of these streams contribute to the spiritual life of our congregations? How do the streams reflect the Christian spiritual landscape of North America? What does our generation have to say to the church about the present realities that confront us, and its future in the world? The day will conclude with a hymn festival on the theme:
The Lord’s Prayer: A Global Perspective.

Bristol Chapel
9:00 - 9:15Introductions
9:15 - 10:30Session 1: It is a lot more interesting than "traditional" and "contemporary": The Landscape and Soundscape of Congregational Song in the 21st Century
10:30 - 10:45Break
11:00 - 12:00Session 2: The package really does make a difference: The Relationship between Song Structures and Sung Theology
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:15Tom Shelton: Incorporating Music from other Cultures with your Children's, Youth, and Adult Choirs
2:15 - 3:15Session 3: Love your neighbor: Singing Global Song Locally
3:15 - 4:00Hymn Fest: The Lord's Prayer: A Global Perspective -- Hymn Festival

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.