Wayland to host Church MusiConference in July

PLAINVIEW - Leading music programs in churches may seem like an easy undertaking, but there are more challenges than many people realize. Offering varied programs and age-appropriate activities can be difficult at times.

The Church MusiConference West hopes to alleviate some of those challenges, offering workshop sessions for music programs aimed at specific audiences. Slated for July 25-26 at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, the conference is aimed at ministers of music, youth and children's choir directors, accompanists and other music leaders in the church.

"This year's conference continues the tradition of years of BGCT-sponsored training conferences, where local music leaders can receive training from expert church musicians in practical, non-threatening, quick-moving classes," said Robert Black, assistant professor of music at Wayland and the organizer of the event. "Six one-hour-and fifteen-minute classes, reading sessions, exhibits, networking opportunities with fellow church musicians, and a banquet are packed into one weekend - and the price has been cut to only $50."

Using a theme from Psalm 150, "Let everything. Praise the Lord," the MusiConference will offer seminars on music ministry for children, bivocational music ministers, media technicians and leaders of instrumental programs like keyboards and handbells. In addition, special interest workshops will focus on topics including using drama in worship; using technology in music ministry; fun song class; successful youth choir ideas; reading sessions of the best from all publishers and a Minister of Music roundtable.

The conference begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25 and concludes around 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Cost is $50 per person, which covers registration and a special Friday night banquet. Reading packets are $12 per person.

For more information, contact Black at (806) 291-1067 or Dan Turner, (806) 935-3176 or (806) 930-4411. Registration is due by July 16.