January 19, 2015 Notes from Jon

REEL Fest Coming!

This Friday and Saturday we anticipate nearly 500 students and sponsors from all over Georgia gathering at First Baptist Church, Marietta for a weekend of praise, fellowship, and inspiration. Thank you Dr. Paul Hill, minister of music at FBC, staff and a host of volunteers for the preparations for the event. We will be blessed to have Cliff Duren and Steven Tyndall lead our choir and orchestra. Special presentations by our Baptist Choruses from Shorter University and Truett McConnell College are highly anticipated. A special appearance by This Hope will make the weekend memorable. We also appreciate the support of Dr. David Wilson, Chair of Music of Brewton Parker College, Shorter University Chorale Director Dr. Stefanie Cash, and Dr. Ben Caston, chair of music at Truett McConnell College for sponsoring the breaks. This event continues to be a great success due to the work of our youth choir directors across the state, the work of Keith Chandler and Judy Crumley who serve in Music and Worship Ministries of the GBC and the support of churches across Georgia through the Cooperative Program.

 Keyboard Festival 2015
 What is the Keyboard Festival All About?

Through the efforts of a dynamic group of church accompanists and educators led by our own Judy Crumley, we had the privilege to launch the Keyboard-Hymn Playing Festival. This year we will be in many locations over 3 dates. The event is designed to encourage children, youth and even adults to take piano lessons and learn the art of accompanying for church worship services. Participants grow in their appreciation and understanding of congregational singing and accompanying for praise teams, ensembles, and choirs. We encourage ALL ministers of music to encourage students of all ages to participate in this event. The future of church music ministry depends a great deal on quality accompanists.

Here is the schedule and locations.  To register go to “Keyboard Festival” under Festivals on this website.

2015 Dates and Locations

March 7, 2015
First Baptist Church, Buford
First Baptist Church, Winder

March 14, 2015
First Baptist Church, Statesboro

First Baptist Church, Tifton
Shorter University, Rome
Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland

April 18, 2015
Rose Hill Baptist Church, Columbus