High school students with an interest in leading worship are invited to join Worship Arts Day on Feb. 7-8, 2020 at Concordia University Ann Arbor.
Including an optional overnight with CUAA student chaperones, the immersive experience begins on Friday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with a final worship for family and friends on Sat., Feb. 8 at 3 p.m., allowing created ensembles to demonstrate what they have learned.
Worship Arts Day will give high school students time to engage with Worship Arts professionals through instrument specific sessions as well as a chance to play with a fully formed ensemble. Breakout sessions will include specific instruction on voice, guitar, keyboard, and percussion, as well as songwriting and creative use of hymns.
“We want to give high school students the opportunity to hone their skills, meet new friends, and share an uplifting learning experience that they will remember for years to come,” said CUAA’s Director of Church Music and Worship Arts Dr. John Boonenberg, who joined Concordia’s faculty in 2017.
Worship Arts Day participants will also interact with Concordia’s faculty and students in collaborative workshops on ensemble rehearsal, performance, and songwriting, as well as devotional time for biblical song analysis and study.
Concordia students play a big role in the event, not only helping with the coordination but also spending time with the high school students and sharing their skills and experiences when it comes to leading worship.
“Worship Arts Day is such a cool opportunity for any high school students that are even remotely interested in furthering their ability to lead worship music,” said Rachel Kreis (’22), a CUAA parish music major with a focus in contemporary worship. “It is a great 24 hours for students to build confidence in their ability, learn new things about worship and their instrument, as well as building amazing friendships with each other and the college students that come alongside them.”
Students will also have time to learn more about the program offerings within the CUAA music department.
CUAA currently has over 30 CUAA students participating in Worship Arts ensembles, many of whom are studying in either a minor in Worship Arts Leadership or a major in Parish Music with a focus in Contemporary Worship. Click here to learn more about Worship Arts at CUAA.
“We are thrilled with the growth of Worship Arts at CUAA, and want to share the excitement and vitality of our campus with interested high school students,” said Boonenberg.
— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is manager of campus communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor. She may be reached at email@example.com or 734-995-7403.
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