Kemp Church Music Symposium

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2017 Kemp Church Music Symposium: Roll Down Justice

Sacred Songs and Social Justice with clinician Mark Miller

October 7, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost of $95*, including lunch
*Scholarships available



8:30 - 8:55  Registration

9:00 - 9:15  Opening
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 10:30  Session One with Mark Miller
Choir & Congregational Music for Today's World

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45 - 12:00   Session Two with Mark Miller
Playing Off the Page: Leading Songs in Non-Western Styles

12:15 - 1:15  Lunch and Learn
Best Practices Table Discussions

1:15 - 2:10  Breakout Session I

1. Tom Shelton – Leading in Worship:  Repertoire for Children's and Youth Choirs
2. Kathy Ebling Shaw – Handbells, Ringing the Message
3. Kathy Ridl – Making Art, Making a Difference!

2:15 - 3:10  Breakout Session II

1. Tom Shelton – Leading in Worship:  Repertoire for Children's and Youth Choirs
2. Kathy Ebling Shaw – Handbells, Ringing the Message
3. Kathy Ridl – Making Art, Making a Difference!

3:15 - 4:00 Hymn Sing

2017 Kemp Church Music Symposium Presenters:


Mark Miller believes that everyone is a Child of God and that music can help heal the world.  He also adheres to Cornel West’s belief that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Mark is Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison NJ, and is a Lecturer in Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church (UCC) in Summit, New Jersey.  A renowned composer of sacred music, Mark’s hymns and anthems are sung by communities of faith throughout the country every Sunday and are published by Choristers Guild, Hinshaw, Abingdon Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and others.  His album, “Imagine the People of God”, is available on itunes.  Miller spends a portion of the year traveling the country, often with his band ‘Subject to Change’, lecturing, preaching and presenting concerts focused on creating community and advocating for social justice. Over the past three years he has visited a hundred venues in over twenty states.  He just returned from Sweden where he led a choral festival of his sacred social justice songs. When he’s not working, Mark is home in Plainfield NJ with his husband of 23 years, Michael Murden, their two wonderful teenage children, Alyse and Keith, and Oscar the cat. There you can find him cooking meals, taking out the garbage, playing Frisbee, reading books, watching movies, and dreaming about getting back to the Vineyard.

Kathy Ridl

Kathy Ridl combines her love of art and music in the graphic arts, specializing in music-related projects. She has designed more than 300 CD covers and artwork for concerts, programs, festivals and theater productions. She has been a teaching artist at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Pediatric Oncology, helping children and their families create art as a means of self-expression. Kathy plays bass in the Gypsy jazz group “Stringzville” and plays viola when the occasion arises.

Kathleen Ebling Shaw

Kathleen Ebling Shaw is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and a member of the sacred music department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she teaches classes in handbell training and conducts a second handbell choir.  Well known as a handbell clinician, Mrs. Shaw has conducted sessions for the Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) both on the local and national levels. She has traveled with and produced eight recordings with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Choirs under the direction of Mrs. Shaw have performed at Carnegie Hall and the World Financial Center’s Festival of Light and Sound.  They have also been featured on Lifetime Television, QVC, NBC’s Today Show, New Jersey Network, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Mrs. Shaw is also the recipient of an Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in recognition of her dedication to the art of handbell ringing and her enthusiasm and accomplishments in the classroom as well as the concert hall.

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.


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