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2016 Kemp Church Music Symposium: A Lifetime of Singing

October 8, 2016
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost of $75, including lunch

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9:00 - 9:15  Opening
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 10:30  Session One
Rejuvenating Senior Voices, Michael Kemp

It is an accepted fact, Church choirs are getting older. Lots of seniors are singing now, which is wonderful, but also a growing concern. Our choirs are beginning to sound older, but by sharing with seniors in accessible language the secrets of singing well, a 70 year old can sound decades younger. Almost all the vocal concerns of seniors can be solved.

Resource:  Rejuvenating Senior Voices: Enhancing the Sound and Confidence of Mature Choirs – Michael Kemp (G.I.A./G-9025)

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45 - 12:00   Session Two
Working with Aging Singers: How to Preserve, Protect, and Improve Mature Singing Voices, Kathy Price

This session focuses on what is happening physically to our voices as we age, and how we can work with our singers to help them understand the changes, help them to maintain excellent voice quality, and even - for some - improve!  Along with science-based information, there are concrete vocal exercises to help with specific problems of mature singers. A question and answer period follows in this interactive talk, and all questions on this topic are welcome.

12:00 - 1:10  Lunch and Learn
Best Practices Table Discussions

1:15 - 2:00  Session Three
Reading Session, Tom Shelton

2:00 - 3:15  Session Four
Surefire Recruiting for Church Choirs, Michael Kemp

It is time we directors wake up and become proactive in building up our choirs. Church choirs today need new members. This session will offer step by step procedures for surefire recruiting.  Create the choir of your dreams!

Resource:  The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths to Solving Problems – Michael Kemp (G.I.A./G-6776)

3:15 - 4:00 Hymn Sing  

2016 Kemp Church Music Symposium Presenters:


Michael Kemp is the founding conductor of the Philadelphia-based 100 voice Academy Chorale and the 50 piece Academy Symphony Orchestra, both in their 20th season. He has conducted 400 orchestral and choral/orchestral major works, having his own orchestra for for 25 years.  Michael is the only well known choral clinician who has conducted volunteer choirs for 52 years and has made volunteer choirs his priority. He is the most popular author of training books for directors of volunteer choirs, his 4th book about to be published by GIA. He has taught 430 choral workshops in almost every state and Canadian province and many other countries, among them the national worship and music conferences for 14 different denominations. He has built from scratch three significant church music programs and two high schools programs, each more than tripling their participants and quality.

Kathy Price

Kathy teaches graduate vocal pedagogy courses and applied voice, and directs the Presser Voice Laboratory at Westminster. She previously served as Voice Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University and taught voice/vocal pedagogy and coordinated the School of Music Vocology Laboratory at The University of Kansas. She also worked as an intern in Clinical Voice Assessment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Price has taught voice and diction at William Jewell College in Missouri and at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) where she was also the choral director. She has offered private voice instruction in Kansas City (Missouri), and in Vienna and McLean, Virginia, is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s ensemble, Philomela.

Tom Shelton

Tom is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is assistant professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education. In addition, he is the director of Children's and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church.  He is also conductor of the Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir.

Daryl Robinson

Daryl has earned critical acclaim as a solo and collaborative artist, praised for his innovative programming, compelling performances, and unique depth of interpretative skill. Described as a performer with “…a driving muscular poetry underpinned by nimble technique and nuanced sense of style…” by London-based Choir and Organ, he was winner of both First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition. He was appointed assistant professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, beginning in the fall of 2015.


Please contact the Westminster Office of Continuing Education at 609-924-7416 or email [email protected].

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