Monday, June 26, 2017
9:00-9:50 a.m.
Omni Hotel

Choose one of two workshops:

Building Beautiful Tone: Practical Tips for Children’s Choirs

Mark Patterson

This workshop is sponsored by Nancy K. Scoggins in memory of Robert B. Scoggins, Sr., M.D.

Mark will offer practical suggestions for helping your children’s choir develop a beautiful singing tone and life-long musicianship skills. He will include warm-ups, vocalises, and engaging ideas to energize your rehearsals and empower your singers.


Dr. Mark Patterson is a nationally acclaimed composer, conductor and teacher.  He is the Director of Music at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia, where he leads a comprehensive music program for adults, youth and children. Mark received his PhD in Fine Arts-Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University and Master of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is frequently invited to conduct honor choirs and choral festivals across the United States and is often asked to lead workshops for choral directors. Dr. Patterson’s compositions comprise a rich variety of styles for the sanctuary and the concert hall.  Currently he has over 300 choral works in print as well as a solo piano collection, various musicals and choral compilations, and several volumes of vocal solos.

AGO Chapter Programming and Membership Ideas

Valerie Carter, Paul Honaker, Cheryl Van Ornam

This workshop is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

When engaging in strategic planning related to chapter programming, member recruitment, and volunteer involvement, learn how to use simple research tools to get the information necessary for success. This session will review the research process used by the Richmond AGO Chapter leaders in their efforts to drive future strategies.


Valerie Carter‘s life mission is to inspire and challenge God’s people to engage the world!  She is a member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and has worked in ministry with Virginia Baptists since 1988, serving as the Director of Hillside Baptist Center, Associate of Christian Social Ministries, Associate Pastor for Global (global and local) Ministries at the Bon Air Baptist Church and now as the Executive Director/Treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia. Since 2010, Valerie has led a ministry in “The Prostitution Zone” of Richmond city wherein those on the streets in the late of night hours hear good news of hope even in the midst of darkness.

Valerie Carter holds the BA degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Virginia Union; Master of Science in Sociology from VCU and the Doctor of Ministry from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.


Paul S. Honaker, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate of Georgetown College (KY) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville where he received a Master’s Degree in Church Music with a concentration in organ.  He served as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond from 1974 until his retirement in August of 2012.  At the Bon Air Church, he developed a comprehensive choir enrollment of over 500.   In his retirement, Paul is the director of Jubilation, a 70-voice senior adult community choir in Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond. He has served as Sub-Dean and on several committees of the local AGO Richmond Chapter. While he was Sub-Dean, he saw the need to process feedback from the membership so the Chapter’s monthly programs would better meet their needs.  Collaborating with Valerie Carter, at that time a colleague at Bon Air Baptist Church, they shepherded the process and helped to monitor and apply the results for the Chapter Membership.  Its results are still being used today.


Cheryl Van Ornam is the Traditional Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she directs choral, handbell and brass ensembles. She is also the organist at First Church of Christ Scientist in Richmond.  She has an active piano studio and is a staff accompanist in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Music.  She holds the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music from Northwestern University.

She has been an active participant in the McGill Summer Organ Academy (Montreal, Canada);  International Haarlem Summer Organ Academy (Haarlem, The Netherlands); and Smarano Organ Academy (Smarano, Italy). Her teachers include Maggie Kemper, Doug Cleveland, David Craighead, and James David Christie. She has served as the accompanist for the California Boys’ Choir, the Chicago Archdiocesan Boychoir “Cantores minores”, and the Nairobi Music Society in Nairobi, Kenya.  She is also active as an accompanist for choral ensembles in the Richmond area, performing large choral works as the organ accompanist. Concert (recital) venues include the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Loma Linda University Church, Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, and Busch Hall (Harvard University) and King’s Chapel in Boston. She has been active with the American Guild of Organists in Chicago and Boston and is the Dean of the Richmond, Virginia Chapter.   She and her husband have two married children.

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