This Ministry Weekend will begin at 5:30 PM (central) on Friday night and will not go later than 3:30 PM (central) Saturday afternoon.
Do you have a pianist or organist of limited skills? No musician? Explore techniques to get any congregation singing, how to discern what your community needs musically, and repertoire that you can sustain without selling out to bad theology and even worse music.
Presented by Michael Smith, the Minister of Music at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh, located outside of Philadelphia, PA where he oversees a large music program parish. He also serves on the Bishop's Commission for Liturgy and Music. Prior to this appointment, he served in various small parishes of various flavors, and has extensive experience in classical, gospel, and global music styles. Before moving to the Philadelphia area, he served as Director of Music at Groton School, where he held the Pratt Endowed Chair of Music. Michael grew up in rural Alabama in the Southern Baptist Church, and earned his undergraduate degree in organ performance at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He went on to earn graduate degrees in organ and conducting at Yale University. He has performed recitals and accompanied and conducted choirs on tours throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, and South America. He has served as a faculty member at Thunderhead's youth camp and at the Mississippi Conference on Liturgy and Church Music. He has a passion for enabling congregational song and helping churches find their musical center.