Tuesday, June 27, 2017
10:00-10:50 a.m.
Omni Hotel

Choose one of two workshops:

Igniting Rehearsals with Unique Musical Focuses

Michael Kemp

This workshop is sponsored by David and Sherry McCormick.

Is there really a way to double the effectiveness and energy level of rehearsals, to add stimulating and intriguing variety, to teach notes more efficiently and faster, and to cultivate the artistic instincts of choir members? Go beyond surviving anthems. When you strive for higher quality, your singers, ministers, and congregations will love it. Michael will discuss layers of Unique Musical Focuses found in all anthems and how to teach these skills. He will distribute handouts of anthems he has personally analyzed and marked with intriguing and useful rehearsal ideas for church choirs.


Michael Kemp, conductor, clinician, author, and voice teacher is the founding conductor of Philadelphia’s Academy Chorale and Orchestra, now in their 20th season. In his career, Michael has conducted some 350 choral and orchestral masterworks. For 30 years he directed prestigious church music programs in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, and then for 15 years served as choral and orchestral director for Germantown Academy, highly respected Philadelphia institution.

While in Texas, Michael founded and conducted for 11 seasons the Arlington Choral Society, which critics placed “on the top rung of choral music in the Dallas Metroplex”. During that time, he was also choral music lecturer at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.  In his 52 year professional career, Michael founded two community choruses, one community symphony orchestra, four church youth choirs, and two academic high school choirs.

A respected choral clinician and voice teacher, Michael has taught and conducted over 430 choral workshops and festivals in almost every state and Canadian provinces, including the national music conferences of fourteen different church denominations.  He is the author of The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths to Solving Problems, Innovative Warm-ups for Volunteer Choirs: Creative Concepts to Improve Choral Sound, and Rejuvenating Senior Voices: Enhancing the Sound and Confidence of Mature Choirs, all available from G.I.A. Publishers in Chicago. His 4th training book for choir directors, Igniting Rehearsals with UMF’s (Unique Musical Focuses and Unique Motivational Flashes), is currently being published by GIA.

Introduction to ForScore© for iPad

(a hands-on workshop, but also informative for observers)

Lynn Atkins

This workshop is sponsored by Glenn L. Rodgers, AAGO, MM

Have you ever wanted to take all of your music scores with you to your favorite study spot, but couldn’t find a bag large enough for them? If so, this is the app for you! ForScore is an application for iPad that has become popular among conductors and performers who want to experience the ease of using their iPad during performance. During this introductory workshop, you will learn how to upload PDFs, annotate music, create groups of music for concerts (setlists), turn many pages for repeated measures (links), and use Dropbox in connection with ForScore for backing up and saving online scores. Participants are encouraged to bring their iPads already loaded with the ForScore app.


A native of the Jersey Shore, Lynn Gary Atkins, Jr. has been a choral enthusiast since the age of nine. After attending the Performing and Visual Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, Lynn earned a BM in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a dual MM/DMA in Choral Conducting from James Madison University. Comfortable as a singer and conductor, Dr. Atkins has performed oratorio and other tenor compositions with the Petersburg Symphony, Princeton Pro Musica (NJ), Delaware Valley Orchestra (PA), as well as Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale among others. He has been honored to conduct Honor Choir festival programs in New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. Currently, Dr. Atkins serves as Director of Choral Music at Collegiate School, a private school in Richmond where he teaches choral music and music appreciation to students in grades 5-12. Lynn is also Artistic Director of two of Richmond’s treasured ensembles: One Voice Chorus, a community choir organization in Richmond, VA with a 150 voice mixed choir and 40 voice chamber choir dedicated to “…singing the beauty and power of diversity”, and Richmond’s premier Handbell ensemble, the James River Ringers.


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