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Monday Evening

  7:30 -   8:30 

Vespers Service

 Church Clinicians


  8:00 -   8:15 Devotions Joseph Martin
  8:15 -   9:45 Session 1 - Come to the Music (Music for Community, School and Church Choirs Joseph Martin & Greg Gilpin
  9:45 - 10:15 Break & Study Time  
10:15 - 11:30 Session 2 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Advent and Christmas (Seasonal Selections for Super Singers) Heather Sorenson
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch & Study Break  
12:45 -   1:45 Session 3 - O For a Dozen Tongues to Sing (Music for Developing Church Music Programs) Patti Drennan
  1:45   3:00 Session 4 - Sacred Sanctuary Sensations (Inspiring Anthems for Worship) David Lantz & Tony DeRosa
  3:00   3:30 Break & Study Time
  3:30   4:15 Session 5 - Sing a New Song to the Lord (Anthems of Adoration, Paeans of Praise) Don Besig & Nancy Price
  4:30   5:30 Breakout Workshops - See Handout in the Lobby
  5:30 -   7:30 Dinner on your own  
  7:30 -   Evening Concert - Music, Memories and More (A Birthday Bash for Shawnee Press)  


  8:00 -   8:15 Devotions  
  8:15 -   9:45 Session 6 - For Every Season....a Song (Music for Special Sundays and Special Occasions) Patti Drennan
  9:45 - 10:15 Break & Study Time  
10:15 - 11:30 Session 7 - Reflections of Grace (Music for Communion, Meditation and Devotion) Heather Sorenson
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch & Study Break  
12:45 -   1:15 Choral Workshop Tony DeRosa
  1:15 -   2:30 Session 8 - Composer Showcase Clinicians/Composers
  2:30 -   3:00 Break & Study Time
  3:00 -   4:15 Session 9 - It is Good to Praise the Lord (Music for Celebration, Exaltation and Declaration) Don Besig & Nancy Price
  4:15 -   5:30 Session 10 - Cantatas & Collections (Canticles in Candlelight, A Testimony of Life, The Celtic Choir, Treasury of Carols and more) Clinicians
  5:30 -   7:30 Dinner on your own
  7:30 - Concert - Liberty Voice w/Joseph Martin


  8:00 -   8:15 Devotions
  8:15 -   9:30 Session 11 - Our Legacy of Praise (Anthems Based on Hymns, Spiritual and Folk Songs) Don Besig & Nancy Price
  9:30 - 10:00 Break & Study Time  
10:00 - 11:15 Session 12 - Something Old and Something New (Celebration Musical Diversity) David Lantz
11:15 - 12:30 Session 13 - Let Music Live (Closing Anthems, Best-Sellers and Final Blessings Joseph Martin

Joseph Martin , a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin.  While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose.
He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts.
Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico.  As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra.  His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country.  Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians
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. 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.
His composition Pieta was recently 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.
Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joseph has co-authored a fully graded, progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom.  His major works include 27 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children's book, Old Turtle.
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.
Joseph lives in Austin, Texas with his children Jonathan and Aubrey and his wife Sue.

HEATHER SORENSON Over the years, Heather Sorenson’s journey has led her through a wide spectrum of musical experiences, including music education, children’s musical productions, orchestrating, and church music. She is best known, however, as a piano and choral arranger for various publishers, and her works are regularly listed as Editor's Choice selections. Heather also travels as a clinician leading piano master classes and speaking at various worship conferences held throughout the country.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she is the Music Associate at Lavon Drive Baptist Church. In her “free” time, Heather works with the youth at her church. Mentoring teenagers is her passion -- most weekends find her camped out at Starbucks, solving all the world’s problems with “her” kids.

Patti Drennan earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Music Education degree at the University of Oklahoma. She taught Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Norman Public Schools, the first twenty 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 which consistently received Superior (First place) 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 2 million copies, Patti has over 400 choral octavos published with Shawnee Press, Lorenz, Alfred Publishing, Hope Publishing, Hal Leonard and other major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 19 states, 3 times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been 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 ten years she served as 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 financial analyst in Dallas, Texas.

DON BESIG & NANCY PRICE - Don Besig is currently Director of Music at Perinton Presbyterian Church in Fairport, NY.  For over 30 years, he taught public school music at all levels in western New York.  His concert choral groups and show choirs earned fine reputations for their performances at clinics, contests and community events.  Recognizing a need for choral music written especially for student singers and volunteer church choirs, Don began composing for his own groups.  Over 450 of his original choral compositions and arrangements have been released by Shawnee Press, Inc. and other leading publishers of church and school music.  More than 18 million copies of his works have been sold, and he has received several ASCAP Special Awards.  Don is celebrating his 35th year of publishing with Shawnee Press.  His enthusiasm for working with singers of all ages has led to numerous invitations to serve as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.  He has conducted festivals and workshops in 40 states and Canada.  A graduate of Ithica College, Besig is a member of ACDA, MENC, NYSSMA, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha

In 1980, Don began collaborating with lyricist Nancy Price.  Nancy holds Bachelor or Music and Master of Music degrees in Music education from Ithica College and, for several years, was high school choral director.  She is actively involved in the music program at Perinton Presbyterian Church in Fairport, NY and frequently performs as a soloist and guest conductor.  She is ai member of MENC, NYSSMA, Sigma Alpha Iota and ASCAP and is the recipient of several ASCAP special awards.  Nancy also freelances as an editor for Shawnee Press and is a consultant on the creative team responsible for church music publications.  Nancy brings her years of teaching and conducting experience to her sessions and is being increasingly sought after as a clinician.  Through their combined years of directing choirs, the insight they have gained has led the Price/Besig team to create some of the most appealing original compositions and arrangements available in today's market.

David Lantz is originally from Mountain Lake, New Jersey. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. His major instrument was the trombone.He has taught music in all grade levels from K-college, including high school band, chorus, and music theory, junior high school general and choral, and elementary general and choral. Currently, he teaches at East Stroudsburg High School, where he directs two concert choirs, jazz/show choir, and a select chorale. In addition to choral activities, Dave has developed three levels of music theory, which have contributed a great deal to the success of the choral program.

David is a freelance studio bass player and vocalist, having also played extensively in many resorts and clubs in the tri-state area, both with his own band and with other musicians.While not teaching or playing, he fills his spare time with music publishing activities, including editing, engraving, arranging and composing choral music and occasionally conducting choral reading sessions. He has approximately 200 choral octavos in print with Shawnee Press, GlorySound and Harold Flammer, as well as many other publishers throughout the United States.
David is a member of PMEA, ACDA, and IAJE. As a member of ASCAP, he has won writers awards for the last twelve years.David resides in Sciota, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Marti Lunn Lantz (also a published composer and lyricist) and six children.

Tony DeRosa  lives in Winter Garden, Florida, and works as a freelance vocalist and music director.  He currently serves as Music Director for both the “Voices of Liberty” at EPCOT and the Dapper Dans of Disney World at the Magic Kingdom along with vocal coaching for special events at Walt Disney World.  Tony enjoys vocal and performance coaching for numerous barbershop and Sweet Adeline choruses and quartets around the globe, as well as being a featured clinician for choral ensembles around the country.  As an active demo and rehearsal CD producer , Tony has produced over 500 separate recording projects out of his home studio along with providing vocals for Hal Leonard Publishing, Walt Disney World, TM Studios, Jeff Arthur Productions, and the Imagination House. 


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