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Hearts, hands, and Voices Workshop

  • Advent Lutheran Church morton, il (map)

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 2018

WHERE:  Advent Lutheran Church, Morton, IL

TIMES:  8:30 - 9:00 -     Registration

               9:00 - 10:15 -  Session 1


               10:30 - 11:45 - Session 2


               1:00 - 2:15     -  Session 3


                2:30  - 3:00     - Sending Service

The ALCM is working toward providing expanded and relevant LOCAL activities for church musicians.  To that end, we are encouraging our fellow music worship leaders to participate in this workshop.

Clinicians and topics are as follows:


Dr. Jim Rimington - Working with older voices in the church choir.

This session will provide ideas about basic techniques that may have been lost in the weekly preparation of the adult church choir.  "To breathe is to sing and to sing is to breathe".  As we age, however, this and other technique becomes more and more difficult.  We will explore quick, short warm-ups that can be used to help older singers strengthen their breathing mechanism as well as other technique problems that arise with the aging process.  Handouts will be provided on all the ideas covered in this session.

Dr. Rimington, Director of Music, Grace United Methodist Church, Pekin, IL,  has taught over 1000 voice students and choral music at all levels for nearly 40 years.  During that time, he has also directed church adult and children's choirs.  He recently taught voice and Music Education at Bradley University.  Now retired, Dr. Rimington has continued to teach voice to students of all ages and especially has an interest in the aging voice.


Royce Hubert - All God's Children Do Worship

How to involve children and youth as Organ Assistants, Lectors, Soloists and Instrumentalists

Royce has been a church musician since she was thirteen.  She graduated from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sacred Music Degree.  She studied her junior year at the Kirchenmusikscule in Berlin, Germany.  She also studied composition with Richard Hillert at Concordia, Chicago. 

She has served as organist and music director in several churches in the Midwest, most recently at St. John's Lutheran in Springfield, IL.  Incorporating children and young adults as contributors in worship has been an important part of her ministry.


J.B. and Connie George - Organ and Piano:  Striking a Balance. 

A Beginner's guide to comparing and adapting hymn accompaniments and service music.

Connie and J.B. George are church musicians at different churches.  Both of us are fortunate enough to have organs and pianos reasonably near each other so both can be used in any given service.  How do we decide which instrument to use for hymns and liturgy?  For choir accompaniments?  We will also include examples of easy to moderate-level preludes, postludes, etc., which help us "strike a balance" so both instruments are used.

J.B. is Director of Music at Historic Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Springfield, IL

Connie Steffens George is Director of Music at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (LC-MS) in Springfield, IL. 

J.B. and Connie have studied church music and organ performance, and have served various parishes in the Midwest.