ABOUT THE EVENT
This fabulous multi-publisher choral reading session is a great way for ministers of music and church choir directors to jump-start their liturgical year! The day will feature general anthems for worship and praise, anthems based on scripture, and music for Easter and spring.
Created especially for church choir musicians, Voices in Praise is a time of fellowship featuring music resources, continuing education opportunities, and interaction with nationally known clinicians Joseph Martin, Patti Drennan and Brad Nix.
So much music! This is my first time for something like this and I just loved it all. Lunch, meeting other attendees - everything!
Lee Carver,Choir Member
Fort Worth, TX
Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and the University of Texas, Austin. He taught in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas for five years. He has performed solo piano and been the featured artist with symphony orchestras and recitals in the United States and Mexico.
Joseph is Director of Sacred Publications at Shawnee Press, overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company. Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians. He has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier series and has composed hundreds of commissioned works.
Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Joseph's music is published by numerous publishing houses. Over a thousand compositions are currently in print, and the list continues to grow. Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joseph coauthored a fully graded progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom. His major works include 32 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children's book Old Turtle.
As winner of the Nena Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-Convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout Mexico. His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, was nominated for a Dove Award. This album, along with his other recordings (Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry and A Christmas Tapestry) has been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets. His composition Pieta was honored with an award from the John Ness Beck Foundation.
In 2008 he was inducted as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. His music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. He continues to surprise audiences with the variety and scope of his compositions and arrangements.
Patti Drennan earned a bachelor degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a graduate degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma. She taught choral music for 28 years in Norman Public Schools, the first 20 years at West Mid-High School, where she was voted Teacher of the Year, and eight years at Norman High School, where she directed four choirs that consistently received superior ratings. In 2004, she was awarded the coveted Director of Distinction Award given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. An active composer and arranger with sales of over two million copies, Patti has over 425 choral octavos published with major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 19 states, three times in Canada, and has presented four sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been a guest director at numerous church composer weekends and has had a composition from "Sing for the Cure" performed at Carnegie Hall. She has been an adjudicator for choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. Patti retired from teaching in 2004 in order to compose and stay active as a clinician and workshop presenter. For almost 10 years she served as the music and worship arts director at First Baptist Church, Norman. She is married and has two grown children; Emily, a musical theater performer in New York City, and Adam, a research analyst in Dallas, Texas. Patti continues writing and arranging, leading music reading sessions for publishers, and holding composer weekends for numerous churches throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, she enjoys spending time performing and recording with her daughter, Emily, with RoxSteady Music and in numerous symphonic performances.
Brad Nix currently serves as an editor for Hal Leonard Corporation, where he works in the sacred choral division. As a widely-recognized composer and arranger, he has written for many of the nation’s major publishing companies and has well over 100 pieces in print. In addition to his work in the music industry, he also serves on the staff of First Baptist Church - Bastrop, Texas, where he leads worship and directs several choral and instrumental ensembles.
Brad previously served for many years as Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair at Sterling College, located in Sterling, KS. His responsibilities at the college included teaching music theory, composition, orchestration, applied piano, and group piano. Originally from Dallas, GA, Brad received his D.M.A. from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and his M.M. and B.M. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He and his wife, Pattie, along with their three children, make their home in Bastrop, TX.
Dr. Brad Nix is Associate Professor of Piano and Chair of the Music Department at Sterling College in Kansas. He received a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying under Andrew Cooperstock, Geoffrey Haydon, Barbara Lister-Sink, and David Watkins. As a composer and arranger, Brad has dozens of pieces in print and studies composition with Mark Hayes. He is an active recitalist, pedagogue, freelance pianist, and adjudicator for local and statewide piano competitions.
A Gathering of Song choir concert
Join the choir and clinicians for a night of music and praise! Each composer will perform and lead at least one of the four or five choir numbers in an inspiring concert that's open to the public.
06:00 pm 9:00 pm
A Gathering of Song choir concert
Clinicians: Joseph Martin, Patti Drennan & Brad Nix Joseph Martin, Patti Drennan & Brad Nix
Voices in Praise Workshop
09:00 am 3:00 pm
Sacred Choral Music Workshop
Clinicians: Joseph Martin, Patty Drennan & Brad Nix Joseph Martin, Patty Drennan & Brad Nix