Welcome to the 2018 Sing! Choir
We are honored to have you joining us as an important part of the conference and singing with us in the Sing Choir! In addition to leading in worship at the Music City Center, you'll also play an integral park in our Ryman Auditorium concerts on Monday night. Details on much of this are still being worked out, but it's likely that the bigger Sing! Choir will be divided into three smaller choirs to participate in the Ryman concerts.
We'll get everything started on Sunday afternoon, September 9th at 2:00pm. Our rehearsal is at First Baptist Church, Nashville. Parking information will be available as we get closer to rehearsal.
Music will be made available for you to download as the music is chosen (and written!). We'll also try and have audio files for you to download to aide in your learning of the music before you arrive. We can't emphasize this enough...please don't show up for rehearsal with no preparation on your own beforehand. Let's not make rehearsal an exercise in learning notes, but a time of polishing and balancing. We are worship leaders and we need to prepare our music and our hearts before we arrive.
Things you'll need to bring with you...
- a black folder for your music
- a pencil and your favorite water bottle
- an all-black outfit for Monday night at the Ryman
- a patient and positive attitude and a heart to lead others in worship
IMPORTANT: We'll use this webpage to keep you updated on the concert music and other information you'll need to know before you arrive on September 9th. Watch this space and your email inbox for updates along the way. We hope the information and resources on this page will help you to arrive in Nashville prepared to help others engage in worship!
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
Sing! Choirmaster, Jonathan Rea
We are thrilled to have Jonathan Rea with us again in 2018! Jonathan is Creative Director and Chief Executive of New Irish Arts, whose choir, orchestra and youth choir perform at over 20 events per year. They have sold out Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on numerous occasions, and often have over 200 participants in their larger concerts. Jonathan is increasingly in demand as a writer and speaker, occasionally contributing to programmes like Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day and Morning Service. He enjoys adjudicating at festivals because he finds it immensely satisfying to play a part in helping people pursue their musical potential.
Guest Conductor, Benjamin Klemme
Dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages with the transforming power of orchestral music, Benjamin Klemme leads an active career as a conductor and educator. As Associate Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, he conducts pops and family concerts, serves as cover conductor for all subscription programs, and designs educational initiatives to inspire listeners and performers of all ages. He also conducts the Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. In addition to his work in the Quad Cities, Klemme is the Orchestra Conductor at Augsburg College (Minneapolis) and serves the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies as Concert Orchestra Conductor. Previously, he has held conducting posts at the National Repertory and Cleveland Pops Orchestras, University of Minnesota, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and MacPhail Center for Music. Klemme earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he was a James Sample Conducting Fellow, led the Campus Orchestra program, and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Opera Theatre. He holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His principal conducting teachers include Mark Russell Smith, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, Rebecca Burkhardt and Ronald Johnson.
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Concert Dress - for Monday night at the Ryman!
We are wearing all black, but not formal. Please no big, reflective jewelry and no cologne or perfume.
Sept 9th (Sunday) at First Baptist Church, Nashville (across the parking lot from the Music City Center)
2:00-2:45 Onsite Choir Check-in
5:00-6:30 Dinner ("A Taste of Nashville" plus time with Sing! Conference special guests)
Possible special late-night choir event
Sept 10th (Monday) - dressed for the concert wearing all black
8:30-11:00am Rehearsal at Music City Center
Lunch on your own
12:30-12:45 Seated and ready to sing at Music City Center
3:30-5:15 On-stage for Dress Rehearsal and pictures
5:30-7:00 Dinner provided at Carnegie Hall
7:00-7:20 Line-up to process onto stage
7:30 Show time!