Baylor’s 2021 Virtual Alleluia Conference Offers Church Musicians Inspiration and Answers from Experienced Practitioners of MinistryMay 27, 2021
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WACO, Texas (May 27, 2021) – The 19th annual Alleluia Conference hosted by the Baylor University School of Music will be offered in a virtual format for the first time July 20-22. However, the well-known conference will continue to offer a rich and diverse array of sessions led by its exciting clinicians and speakers, who will share insight and creative ideas for church and music ministries from reawakening quarantined voices to positive rehearsal techniques to intergenerational worship.
Those interested in attending the virtual Alleluia Conference are encouraged to register before May 31 to take advantage of early rate discounts. Pricing includes full conference, international and one-day intensive rates for individuals, retired ministers and full-time students.
Online attendees of this year’s Alleluia conference will receive the same enriching and engaging experiences as before that will re-energize and inspire worship leaders, music ministers, children’s choir leaders and keyboard ministers. Scheduled highlights include:
- Six breakout sessions featuring more than 70 class options,
- Daily conference-wide worship gatherings and
- Nine reading session options for choral and instrumental musicians.
“With the conference moving online, this year presents the opportunity for those to attend who have never been able to due to distance or scheduling conflicts,” said Randall Bradley, D.M.A., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Church Music and director of the church music program and the Center for Christian Music Studies in the Baylor School of Music. “The Alleluia Conference will remain a one-of-a-kind enrichment event featuring superb clinicians who re-energize and inspire church musicians and ministry leaders, so it’s the perfect time to sample a little or all of what the conference has to offer.”
Clinicians include Bob Avant, Randy Edwards, David Harris, Monique Ingalls, Sandy Knudson, Jan Kraybill, Jake Mulder, Brad Nix, Terry Taylor, Andre Thomas, Bradley and Terry York, who will discuss topics ranging from intergenerational worship, efficient and positive rehearsal techniques, ministering children through a pandemic, reawakening a quarantined voice and improving conducting gestures, among others.
“This past year has been, without a doubt, the most challenging season in my ministry. When I heard that the 2021 Alleluia Conference was going to be virtual, although initially disappointed, I went ahead and registered because this conference has become a central component of my ministry,” said Carlos Ichter, minister of music and worship at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. “After reading the lineup, I quickly realized I will still be able to participate in outstanding reading sessions, enlightening workshops and engaging interactions with ministry colleagues and clinicians. I know this year’s attendees will receive valuable tools that will be of great help as we all transition into a post-COVID world.”
One of the clinicians highlighted this year is Mulder, senior director of strategy at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and Fuller’s executive director of leadership formation. As one of the country’s leading authorities on how to attract young people to church, Mulder is scheduled to host several sessions on how to engage, understand and empower the younger generations.
For more information about the 2021 Alleluia Conference, visit the Alleluia website.
ABOUT THE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. Baylor’s School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance, music education and academic majors, as well as doctoral degrees in church music. Degrees leading to the Bachelor of Music Education conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency. Visit baylor.edu/music to learn more.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.