Joyce Blakesley has been the Director of Youth Music for the past 13 years at the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Her 6th – 12th grade youth choir leads worship on a regular basis, has retreats, participates in outreach concerts and events and nationally shares music through Mission Trip Choir Tours every year. She cultivates student and parent Leadership Teams within her program to enable all students to grow their skills and enable the choir to become an open, welcoming group who explores their faith together while growing musically.
She is past Chair of the Board of Directors of YouthCUE, a national multi-denominational group of youth choir directors that work to further the spiritual and musical development of teens through music. She has taught music at the elementary and college levels, has been a church musician, and has been directing youth choirs for over 20 years and has consulted with churches across the country toward starting or growing successful youth choir ministries.
2017 Breakout Sessions
Audacious Hospitality and Your Own Version of Normal
Is your youth choir ministry building a Christian Community where non and nominally religious youth are becoming deeply committed Christian Youth Musicians? This session will show you how Building a Youth Choir Program, using music as a tool for ministry will engage students and parents as active partners. Learn how to grow Student and Parent Leadership Teams to increase active participation and support for your program.
Creating a Sound Track for life
Using technic, repertoire, and leadership training to help your teens grow from singers to ministry leaders. Energize your youth choir with: • Organizational strategies • Group Building games, retreats and leadership building skills • Introducing quality choral sound, meaningful repertoire choices • Expanding worship leadership skills and collaboration with inter-generational performance opportunities.
Repurposing your Youth Choir – Taking your show on the road
Sharing your youth choir ministry in other ministry and mission settings is life changing – for you, your students, your parents and for those you sing for and work with. Learn how to start travelling with your choir – or look for new ideas and opportunities if you are a seasoned touring group.