Daily Downbeat: Thursday, June 29

Today’s Concert Schedule

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Children’s Program in Shackford Auditorium

2:45-4:00 p.m.: Instrumental & Dance program in Stuart Auditorium

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Handbell Concert in Harrell Auditorium

7:30 p.m.: Choral Concert featuring Adult, Young Adult, Senior and Middle High Choirs in Stuart Auditorium

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Daily Downbeat: Wednesday, June 28

Organ and Chamber Choir Concert Tonight

Dr. Eileen Guenther will open the program at Waynesville First UMC this evening with an organ recital followed by the Chamber Choir, under the direction of Kevin Riehle on the second half of the program. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and an offering will be received to support the maintenance of the organ at First Church. Checks should be made payable to The Fellowship.

If you need a ride or can take additional persons in your car to the concert, please leave that information in the Event Office following worship this morning.

The church is located at 566 South Haywood Street. Directions from Lake Junaluska: take a right onto US 19. At the 1st stoplight, turn left onto US 276. At the 9<th stoplight, turn right onto Brammer, which becomes Haywood. After the 2nd stoplight, go 2 blocks to FUMC. Parking is on Academy Street.

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Daily Downbeat: Tuesday, June 27

Annual Youth Talent Show Tonight

Young people from many towns and locations will come together tonight to present their annual Youth Talent Show at 7:30 pm in Stuart Auditorium.  These young folks have prepared a great show and look forward to a great crowd to help them celebrate a fun evening.  Your host for the evening will be Stephen Mitchell.

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Daily Downbeat: Monday, June 26

Charlotte Bronze in Concert Tonight

The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy H. Waugh, Artistic Director and Conductor, will be in concert tonight at 7:30 pm in Stuart Auditorium. The evening will include a good portion of Jazz, with a dash of Latin music, a sprinkle of Carol, a peppering of Original Seasoned Notation, a garnish of Pachelbel, some fresh interpretations and when it is over you will have experienced a concert to remember.

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Daily Downbeat: Sunday, June 25

Welcome to Music & Worship Arts Week 2017!

The theme for this week is Journey and we are delighted that you are here this week to experience our Journey together. We extend a special welcome to those who are here for the first time, and trust you will find a wonderful time of music making, artistic endeavors, meaningful worship experiences and warm fellowship.

We have excellent clinicians here to lead us in all of the Worship Arts. We encourage you to open your hearts and minds to the experiences of the week and trust you will find many worthwhile ideas, concepts, and skills to take back to your church.

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MWAW2017 … There’s an App for That!

We’re extremely excited to announce that the 2017 version of our Music & Worship Arts Week event app is now available for download in your app store!

The app contains the full schedule of the week’s activities and allows you to customize a schedule that’s completely your own. You’ll also receive notifications regarding session changes, breaking news, and other important information throughout the week … and be able to connect with other attendees to share your experiences together.

The free app is available now in the App Store as well as Google Play. Simply search “Music & Worship Arts Week 2017” in your store to download it now.

Once you download, you’ll be able to create a personal profile and upload a photo. After your profile is created, you’ll be able to add notes to sessions and bookmark favorites.

NOTE: If you’re downloading the app on an iPad, you’ll need to change your store setting to “iPhone Only” apps. (The store will default to “iPad Only” apps. After completing a search, you can change the setting by tapping the dropdown in the upper left hand corner of your screen. The MWAW2017 app will function fully on an iPad.)


Sign Up for Seminars and Auditions

One of our seminars and several audition opportunities have pre-event signups available now! (NOTE: If a seminar or audition is not listed below, pre-event signups are not required.)

Seminar Signup

Communion Bread Baking

This is a seminar to learn the art of baking communion bread for youth and adults, held from 2:30-4:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The bread that is baked in each of these seminars will be used during Friday morning’s communion service. And, each seminar participant will be able to take home a fresh loaf of bread! (Note: This is an extended-length seminar and will continue through Seminar II.) Space each day is limited, so it is strongly encouraged that you sign-up before arriving at Lake Junaluska.



Additional Seminar Info

Sharing of Repertoire

Organists that are planning to attend Eileen Guenther’s seminar on 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Stuart Auditorium should bring favorite organ compositions with them to share with attendees. Please note: This is NOT a master class but a sharing of music and ideas.

Singing Basics for Youth and Adults

Separate seminars will be offered for youth (2:30 Monday) and adults (4:30 Tuesday) to explore breathing exercises and basic concepts of singing. Participants who wish to sing a portion of a song during the seminar should plan to bring three copies of the music – one for the accompanist, one for the seminar leader as well as one for the singer.


Audition Signups

Youth Talent Show

Auditions will be held beginning at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Terrace 213. All groups or individuals will need to sign up IN ADVANCE for a five-minute audition and check in at the table outside Terrace 213. Only those acts auditioning will be permitted in the audition room during their audition. The Talent Show is open to students participating in either the Middle High or Senior High program.

Please note the following guidelines related to the Talent Show:

  • Time limit for all acts is 3.5 minutes.
  • Each youth may appear on the stage only once as a featured performer. He/she may appear as a soloist or as part of an ensemble, but not both. Exceptions include youth who accompany another act.
  • No more than three (3) acts per church may audition.
  • Songs are to be accompanied (live or recorded) unless they are designed to be sung a cappella.
  • All acts will be auditioned before the show.
  • Clean and ready-to-play recordings must be provided to the Stuart Auditorium staff before the show.


Handbell Placements

Handbell auditions will be held from 2:00-6:15 p.m. Sunday in Lambuth 103. Auditions are required for the Adult Advanced and Intermediate I choirs.


Important Information Before You Arrive

Our time together at Lake Junaluska is quickly approaching! Here are important pieces of information and forms that you may need to bring to help make the registration process easier.

Pre-Event Newsletter

Download our pre-event newsletter (PDF) for information about auditions, a complete schedule for Sunday afternoon and evening, and tips for what to pack (and what to leave at home!).


Event Notebook

Want to see the full schedule? You can download a PDF of the entire event notebook now! (You’ll receive a printed copy at registration.)


Medical Form

If you have an elementary-aged child participating in the children’s program, a medical form is REQUIRED. Save yourself some time and download one now. (Form downloads as Microsoft Word file.) Bring it with you to registration or email it before you leave to MusicArtsWeek@UMFellowship.org.


Top Six New Things You Can Try This Year

Trying something new can be a scary endeavor. But what if you could try something you’ve always wanted to learn in an environment that’s friendly and encouraging?

Here’s some good news: That’s exactly what’s awaiting you at this year’s Music & Worship Arts Week.

Regardless of your artistic craft, there are plenty of opportunities to stretch yourself and try something that maybe you’ve never done before.

Here are our Top Six suggestions of new things to try at MWAW 2017:

6. Join a handbell ensemble.

Never rung a handbell before? We have an ensemble for you! Each afternoon, you are welcome to join our Beginning Handbells seminar, led by Diane Short. It begins Monday and is designed to gradually build each day with new techniques and ensemble ringing.

5. Try a new dance technique.

Even if you’re experienced in leading liturgical dance in your church, there are always new things to try. Have you tried incorporating props into your dances? Don’t miss our “Props for Special Seasons” seminar. Ever consider using tap dancing in worship? See how it can be done during our “Make a Joyful Noise” seminar.

4. Learn about the Enneagram.

The Enneagram is a personality system that is used for spiritual direction as well as in professional settings. Jody Seymour, our preacher for the week, will lead a series of seminars in the Enneagram and what it can mean for you and your ministry.

3. Write for the stage.

Ever dream of writing a script? Jeff Smith, our theatre in worship clinician, will lead a seminar on writing short 3 to 5 minute sketches primarily used to set up a sermon. Yes, you do have the “write” stuff!

2. Incorporate new aspects into your worship planning.

There are so many opportunities to stretch your creativity when it comes to worship planning. Mary Scifres will lead a workshop on “Designing Creative Worship,” focusing on introducing new ideas and implementing change, and Debi Tyree will show how global songs can be incorporated in creative ways for worship in “Global Song as Service Music.”

1. Become a conductor!

Ever want to try your hands (literally) at becoming a conductor? This seminar, geared specifically for first-time conductors (including youth who work with praise bands and singers), will focus on beat patterns, hand gestures, facial expressions, and other conducting basics.

And … again … that’s just the TOP six! There are countless other opportunities for learning and exploring this year at MWAW 2017. Give something new a try!

If you haven’t registered to join us yet, now is the time to do so … as MWAW 2017 is just six weeks away! We’re so looking forward to an amazing week this year at Lake Junaluska!

Top Six Clinicians (and More!) You Should Know

One of the incredible aspects of Music & Worship Arts Week each year is the quality of our clinicians, and 2017 is no exception.

Our clinicians this year bring their experiences, talents, and passions for their crafts to share with each of us during the week.

Because we couldn’t possibly rank these amazingly-talented artists, here’s a list of six clinicians that you should know. We’ll see if we can keep the list to just six, though. (Spoiler alert: We can’t.)

Jason KrugJason Krug is a prolific composer, having published more than 200 compositions and arrangements for handbells, piano, strings, choir, and organ. Jason will be directing our Intermediate I handbell ensemble.

Mary ScifresMary Scifres is a nationally-known worship consultant and United Methodist pastor, who co-authors The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and provides monthly online resources for non-traditional worship. Mary will be our worship leader this year.

Brian HehnBrian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song, a new resource center of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Brian will be leading our children’s DRUM program.

Mark Miller is a composer of sacred music, associate professor of church music and composer in residence at Drew University, lecturer in sacred music at Yale University. Mark will again be providing leadership to our young adults and evening prayer services.

David HarrisDavid Harris is a familiar face to handbell enthusiasts. Now in his 28th year as director of the internationally-recognized Raleigh Ringers, David will be directing our Advanced handbell ensemble.

Eileen GuentherEileen Guenther is professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary and author of the recently-published book, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. Eileen will be serving as our organist this year.

OK, so maybe seven …

Eric NelsonEric Nelson is professor of music and director of choral studies at Emory University and artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale. Eric will be directing the adult choir.

See what we mean? And that’s really just the beginning …

  • Judy Britts, our older elementary clinician, brings more than 30 years of experience in children and youth choirs;
  • Joy Chappell, one of our dance clinicians, is a recent graduate with a degree in dance performance and choreography;
  • Grete Gryzwana, our other dance clinician, has developed dances for professional theatre, TV commercials, recording artists, and award shows;
  • Amy E. Gray, our talented visual artist, recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies;
  • Karol Kimmel, our younger elementary clinician, is a co-director and faculty member for the Chorister’s Guild Institute;
  • Kevin Riehle, our chamber choir director, is the founding director of Cantare Houston, a professional chamber group;
  • Jody Seymour, our preacher for the week, is the author of five books and a certified instructor in Enneagram;
  • Jeff Smith, our theatre in worship clinician, is the director of Salt & Light Ministries;
  • David & Molly Stanley, our instrumental ensemble directors, are band and orchestra directors at schools in Roanoke, VA;
  • Julie Turner, one of our handbell clinicians, is an associate conductor of the Music City Bronze and has published more than 30 handbell arrangements;
  • And you’ve already met Tracy DePue and James Wells, our youth clinicians.

Whew! That’s quite a list! And here’s the unique thing about Music & Worship Arts Week — you will likely have the opportunity to not only learn from these clinicians but to get to know them as well, whether that’s over a meal, in worship, or on the trolley between sessions.

So, have we convinced you to join us at Lake Junaluska? There’s still time to register before registration prices increase.