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66th annual Sewanee Church Music Conference

Aug 23, 2016

This year’s conference was held from Monday, July 11 through Sunday, July 17, 2016. 
The conference took place on the campus of the University of the South, as well as at its School of Theology, located in Sewanee, Tennesse. 

The conference offers continuing education in liturgy and music to over 100 choir directors, singers, organists, and clergy from around the country, who interact for a week with some of the finest teachers in America. This annual reunion of musicians and clergy provides an opportunity for participants to discover new ideas, gain fresh insights, and renew their energy for their work back home. This year, for the first time, the conference was based entirely on the campus of the University of the South, as well as the School of Theology, at Sewanee.

This year’s faculty featured Dale Adelmann, canon for music at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, as choral clinician; Tom Trenney, minister of music at First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Neb., as organ clinician; and the Rev. Erika Takacs, associate rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Penn., as conference chaplain.

Nine church musicians, most pictured in the accompanying photograph, from eight parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta, recently attended the 66th annual Sewanee (Tenn.) Church Music Conference in July. Parishes represented were: Christ Church, Norcross; Christ the King, Lilburn; Holy Spirit, Cumming; St. Andrew, Ft. Valley; St. Edward, Lawrenceville; St. Gregory, Athens; Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta; and St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta. 

The conference schedule included daily liturgies, rehearsals, lectures, classes, fellowship, and performances. 

The conferees served as the choir for the Choral Evensong service on Friday and the Sunday morning Festival Eucharist, both at All Saints’ Chapel, Sewanee. 

Information about the 2017 conference will be available here after the first of the year, and brochures are mailed to all parishes in February.