Kemp Church Music Symposium

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2018 Kemp Church Music Symposium: The Year of the Child

Come Children, Sing and Rejoice!
Saturday, October 6, 2018    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register for the Kemp Church Music Symposium

Dr. Madeline Bridges
Karol Kimmell
Tom T. Shelton



8:30 – 8:55
Registration   (Cullen Center - Lobby)

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 10:30            
Session I:  Madeleine Bridges“Sing Together, Children!”
The session will involve participants in experiencing sequential vocal exploration and movement activities to improve singing skills in children of all ages.

Session II: Karol Kimmel “A Well-Rounded Musical Diet:What Do We Feed Our Singers?”
We will explore ways to assure that our singers receive healthy helpings of diverse hymnody, beneficial warm-ups and diction awareness, rhythmic practice, effective vocal modeling, and opportunities to sing a variety of anthems.

12:00 – 1:15
Lunch with with Madeleine Bridges and Karol Kimmell at 12:45

1:30 - 2:00
Reading Session

2:00 - 2:45
Session III: Karol Kimmell "Where Children Belong"
How do children experience belonging in worship?  Let's consider expanding those moments of belonging through musical opportunities, visuals, and the spoken word.

2:45 - 3:30
Session IV: Madeleine Bridges“How Old are You?”
Participants will be encouraged to ponder their personal growth as church musicians, teachers, colleagues, and world citizens.

3:45 - 4:15
Hymns of Joy!  Hymn Sing

Cost of $95*including lunch
*Scholarships available


Dr. Madeline Bridges

Dr. Bridges received her doctorate in Music Education from the University of Alabama, Master of Music Education from George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shorter College in Rome, GA. She served as the Belmont University School of Music Associate Dean for Academic Studies for 15 years and is currently a Professor of Music Education in the School of Music.

Dr. Bridges has taught music and music education in classrooms from kindergarten through the graduate level.  She serves as Project Director of the Tennessee Arts Academy and is Program Director of the Nashville Children's Choir, a multi-level community choir program in residence at Belmont.  The Touring Choir component of NCC has sung for regional and national music conferences and events, and has been selected numerous times to appear on the national broadcast of [email protected].  Dr. Bridges is also a frequent clinician for choral music festivals for elementary and middle singers and a conference leader in the area of general, choral, and early childhood music in church and school settings.

Active in many professional organizations, she is a past-president of both the Tennessee Music Education Association and the national board of Choristers Guild.  Articles and curriculum material by Dr. Bridges have appeared in Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, General Music Today, Tennessee Musician, The Chorister, Young Musicians Magazine, and The Music Leader.  She is the co-author/compiler of How to Lead Children's Choirs (Convention Press), Sing Together, Children (Choristers Guild), and Book of Church Songs and Spirituals (GIA Publications).

Madeline Bridges and her husband David served as Music Director and Coordinator of Children’s Choirs for 50 years in various churches in Tennessee and Georgia.  They currently are active members of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Nashville.


Karol Kimmell

Karol Kimmell  Director of Youth & Children's Music, All Saints' Episcopal, Atlanta, GA since 1998 where she has developed and directs a graded choir program for PreK-12th graders, four singing and three handbell choirs. Karol serves as the co-director/faculty for two annual conferences: Lutheridge Music Week, Arden, NC, and the Choristers Guild Institute.  She presents and conducts at festivals, conferences, and summer camps for publishing, choral, and denominational organizations, most recently:  Lake Junaluska, Bonclarken, Massanetta Springs, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Choristers Guild, Shenandoah University Church Music Institute, and First Plymouth Choral Festival, Lincoln, NE.  Karol attended Wittenberg and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities receiving BME (organ) from LRU. She has served as organist and choir director in Lutheran, Episcopal and Presbyterian congregations. She is certified in Orff and Kindermusik, studied voice at the Mannes School of Music, and sang in the Riverside Church Choir, NYC.


Tom T. Shelton

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. 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 associate 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.

Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the national president.  Past ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division president (2011-2012), National R&S chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina president (2005-2007). 

Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 20 states and abroad, including the ACDA Central Division Junior High Honor Choir as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. This past May, he was invited to conduct a Treble Choir Festival in Carnegie Hall, New York City.  His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.


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