Internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn
festivals and for his creative work with children, Michael Burkhardt is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist, and hymn festival leader.
He is currently Director of Worship and the Arts at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan, Director of Worship and the Arts for the Southeast Michigan Synod of the ELCA, and Artistic Director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. From 2001-2007 he served on the faculty of Carthage College (ELCA) in Kenosha, WI, as Director of Choral Activities, College Organist, and Artist in Residence. Prior to his appointment at Carthage, he was a Faculty Associate in organ at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. In addition, he served Christ College Irvine (LCMS), Irvine, CA, as College Organist and head of studies in church music and music education, as well as Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and Trinity Seminary, Columbus, OH, as Guest Lecturer in their Master of Sacred Music programs.
2018 Breakout Sessions
Hearts, Hands and Voices – Working with the Whole Person
A hands-on session and experience focusing on whole person and learning style awareness in working with children’s choir singers.
Working with the Child Voice
A session focusing on understanding the child voice and developmental experiences for singers of all shapes and sizes (speech-like singer, dependent singer, limited-range singer, untuned singer).
Repertoire Selection – Where we’re at, where we’ve been, where we’re going
A session focusing on choosing meaningful and appropriate literature for children of all ages and backgrounds.
Children in Worship – Preparing, Praising, Proclaiming and Praying
A hands-on session and experience focusing on engaging children in worship and children leading worship.
Three “Rs” – Really Rehearsing Repertoire
A hands-on session and experience focusing on score study, rehearsal planning and rehearsal strategies.
Stepping Stones to Part Singing
A hands-on session and experience focusing on sequential planning for and development of part singing skills.
Nuts and Bolts – Before, During, and After the Rehearsal
A session focusing on the non-musical aspects of a children’s choir program.
The Care and Feeding of Children’s Choirs
A hands-on session and experience focusing on both the spiritual and musical nourishment of young singers.
The Care and Feeding of the Children’s Choir Director
A session focusing on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of children’s choir leaders.