Presbyterian Association of Musicians Conferences

Montreat, NC, June 20-26, June 27-July 3, 1999 (two identicalconferences).
“God’s Worshiping Children: Instructed by Faith, Sustained by Prayer, & Governed by Love.” Contact: Montreat Conference Center, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757;
800-572-2259l; fax 704-669-2779;

New Wilmington PA, July 11-17, 1999
“Turn to God; Rejoice in Hope.” Contact: Bryan Hoover, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville KY 40202-1396; (502) 569-5288; fax 502-569-5501;

Albuquerque NM, July 18-23, 1999
“Faith Looking Forward: Seeking God’s Vision for the Changing Church.” Contact: Mark Zwilling, First Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NE 89102; (702) 384-4554; fax: (702) 385-1698;

Sioux Center, IA, July 7-10, 1999
COLAM ’99 (Conference on Liturgy and Music) sponsored by Reformed Worship, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Dordt College. For a brochure, see RW 50 or contact COLAM ’99, Dordt College, 498 - 4th Ave. NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250;
(712) 722-6221; fax (712)722-1185; (see update on p. 48).

Vancouver, BC, July 11-15, 1999
Annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, with a focus on global song. Contact: The Hymn Society, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215-1401; (800) THE-HYMN;

Kansas City, KS, July 11-16, 1999
Grand Rapids, MI, July 25-30, 1999

Choristers Guild Summer Seminars, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Choristers Guild. Contact: Barbara Merry, (972) 271-1521, ext. 232;

Norfolk, VA July 19-24, 1999
’99 Sacred Arts Summer Conference. Contact: Sandra Billy, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502; (757) 455-3376;

Wheaton, IL, September 10-11, 1999
Second annual Church Pianists’ Institute at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Contact: Wheaton Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187; (603) 752-5099;

Chicago IL, October 10-12
“The Sacred Voice in the New Millennium: Steering the Course in a Sea of Change.” Cosponsored by the American Guild of Organists and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Contact: Calvin Institute


This year’s COLAM conference in Northwest Iowa will be a spiritual retreat with opportunities for both reflective and celebrative worship. It will also offer an opportunity for practical learning about planning and leading worship, with sessions for pastors, musicians, artists, youth and children’s leaders, dramatists, and dancers.

Highlights include

  • Plenary addresses by Marva Dawn on how worship forms people of spiritual depth and character
  • Sermons by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., on the mystery of our union with Christ in his death and resurrection
  • Celebrative black gospel music of Horace Boyer
  • Sessions on movement and dance by Ellen Van’t Hof
  • Unforgettable dramatic presentations by Friends of the Groom, a professional drama troupe from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • A children’s and youth choir conducted by California music educator Judy Britts
  • Sessions on visual arts in worship, along with a display of liturgical artwork, coordinated by Jo Alberda
  • Organ music and sessions by David Cherwien and Joan Ringerwole
  • Poignant music from Hispanic traditions taught to us by Jorge Lockward
  • Sessions on key lessons from the history of hymnody by Bert Polman
  • Sessions on planning worship with a worship team by Constance Cherry and John Witvliet
  • Plus—sessions on Orff Music, Signing, Children in Worship, Reading Scripture in Worship

Every conference registrant will be able to attend seven worship services, three plenary addresses, one three-day intensive seminar, four individual sectionals, and three rehearsals of the conference choir or three discussion groups. Registrants will also enjoy great mealtime conversations with people from all over North America and beyond.

A conference brochure was included in RW 50; for more information or to register, call Dordt College at (712) 722-6221 or e-mail

A brochure and registration form may also be downloaded from our website: www:

Reformed Worship 52 © June 1999, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.