2016 PPMC Music Conference part 2

Music Conference photos part 2…

Vocal Class

Jim’s vocal class was well received. In the first session, he had the most students!
20160601,2,3 (29)For those of you, who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him, he sings in a natural, easy style, that has really is a joy to listen to! A lot of people are preferring this over traditional classical operatic singing that typifies traditional church music. Jim showed that you can sing both praise and worship songs, and traditional solos, such as The Via Dolorosa, and not still project your voice, and add proper emotion and technique without sounding gaudy. One of Jim’s strengths which I believe added to this conference, is that he comes from a slightly less traditional background, having been a professional entertainer, and then later serving on the music ministry team at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA. He now leads the music at a Messianic Jewish congregation in Irvine, CA., and he possesses the ability and sensitivity to balance the technique and style. He understands both sides and their proper uses and was able to communicate this through instruction and demonstration._MG_1759

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim did a lot of private lessons in addition to the group sessions that covered the basic techniques. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of photos from this class.

 

Conducting/Songleading

Everybody loves Mr. Fox! He is a blast to be around, and he knows his stuff! Don’t let his this serious look scare you away!

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Mr. Fox. Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family

Too bad there isn’t a picture of the historical conducting devices which you would’ve seen had you been here, but I guess we will have to do this again, and you will have to come to his class, so you can learn not only the history, and beginning of conducting, but also learn some actual conducting skills (if you can between laughing!)

Doing what He does best!

Doing what He does best! (Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family)

 

Really, Mr. Fox was another wonderful asset to this conference, bringing many years of teaching and believe it or not, actual conducting experience! 🙂 He is also very expressive, and his students always have a great time and burn calories laughing from the fun in the process!

Mr. Fox also had the difficult task of taking 46 of us, with varying degrees of ability and experience (some not even reading music), and led us in making actual music! It really was amazing that he was able to pull it off!

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Photo Courtesy of the Shove family.

Each student at this conference was involved in either the chorale, or the accompaniment for the chorale.

Logan O. Accompanying the chorale.

Logan O. Accompanying the chorale.

In the short time we had together, we put together two anthems and a hymn, which were sung on Friday evening in addition to the individuals and groups that shared their gifts.

20160601,2,3 (78)We had a number of string players which brought their instruments and did a fantastic job accompanying us, as well as Logan O. on the piano, under Mr. Fox’s fabulous direction.
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Thank you to the Smith, Haymond, Osborn and Bisceglia family members who were willing to do a little extra and share your talents with us in the string ensemble!
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Photo by Treasured Moments Studio

Photo by Treasured Moments Studio

Really, all of you should be congratulated on your perseverance and hard work on learning some brand new (to most of you) music in just two short days! You all did an incredible job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor Forum

On Friday afternoon, we held an instructor forum, with the combined experience of the professionals to answer your questions. As you can see, we aren’t always serious!

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Our purpose wasn’t to discuss the merits of Traditional vs. Contemporary, or to get into a divisive argument which doesn’t serve to help us worship. Instead, we deliberately steered the conversation toward things of practical value to any musician of any leaning, with the emphasis and encouragement of keeping a heart of true worship. We did seek to define what worship truly is, earlier in the week, and this discussion expounded on that somewhat.

 

Final Concert

The conference culminated on Friday evening, with a community evening of worship in song, led by the staff and conference attendees. Each of the students had the opportunity to put to use some of their new skills. All participated in one way or another. We had a chorale, special numbers, and community hymn-singing led and accompanied by the students and staff. 20160601,2,3 (93) 20160601,2,3 (94)

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Mr. Smythe shared some history about the iconic hymn, How Great Thou Art, and then led us in singing it. This was his first time leading music for an event like this!

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Vicki L’s powerful piano accompaniment on the hymn, “And Can It Be?”

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Osborne sisters with Natalie L. brought us a beautiful trio!

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Greg H. accompanying congregational singing.

Greg H. accompanying congregational singing.

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Kristen and Amy H. Violin duet.

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Cathy O., doing a fine job leading us in another hymn!

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These two sisters in Christ, shared an Acapella arrangement they created of “Oh Glorious Love” by John Peterson. Wish you could’ve heard it! It was very beautifully done.

Mrs Smythe Leads singing for her first time!

Mrs Smythe Leads singing for her first time!

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Mr. Fox leading, with student accompaniment. BeccaLee S. and Mrs. Lopez, on the piano with string ensemble and organ.

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Community members joined us for a night of worship in song.

After we had sung the last song and acknowledged our incredible director, Mr. Fox, he said he had one more thing to do and handed me an envelope with donations he and Mrs. Lopez had collected so that I could go to the Pine Lake Composer’s Symposium in Atlanta, GA. Only Mrs. Lopez knew I wanted to go to this, and she “put a bug in someone’s ear” suggesting they do this. 

Receiving the generosity of the students! Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family

Receiving the generosity of the students! Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family

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Photo courtesy of the Shove family

I was so overwhelmed! We had just, by the grace of God, had the most wonderful conference, and then to top it off, the kind generosity of so many of the students, which allowed me to go and learn from the likes of Joe Martin, Mary McDonald, Brant Adams, Victor Jackson, Robert Sterling, and Brad Nix. THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH!! it was an incredible “Composium” which I will write about in the next blog post, God willing.

 

Mr. Kenny Shove Jr. Assisting with technical aspects such as sound, and recording.

Kenny S. Assisting with technical aspects such as sound, and recording. Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family.

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Maria B. taking photos. Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family.

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Josiah P. photo crew. (in the background is James S.) Photo Courtesy Shove Family

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The Instructional staff. Photo Courtesy of the Shove Family

All of you who attended made this a fantastic conference, which was better than I could’ve hoped for and all of you who didn’t make it, missed a great conference!  Lord willing, we will do this again in the future.We have identified a number of areas that people are looking for further training in, and hope to be able add those as well. We are currently praying about what the LORD would have us to do. If you would join with us in this, we would greatly appreciate it!

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2 Responses to 2016 PPMC Music Conference part 2

  1. The conference was truly amazing, Mr. Fox was so fun as you said.
    Thanks for putting all this together!

  2. Becca Lee Shove says:

    This event was undoubtedly one of the greatest highlights of my year! Thank you so much for following the Lord’s leading on this – I believe it really brought Him glory. I was so encouraged by all the Godly examples there! I do hope there will be another, and I’ll definitely being praying for our Lord’s direction in that. The blessings of this one are too many to list. : )

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