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Worship & Music I

Sacraments and Seasons

June 17 - 23, 2018

For everyone committed to the work of worship in the church— pastors, musicians, choir members, worship committee members, children and youth.

In song, sermon, and sacrament, our worship during the week will experience the richness of the church year, as it comes to life through Luke’s narratives. Sampling this bountiful material in the scope of one week’s worship will allow us to sense reverberations between texts that we often do not hear in such close proximity. Leading our worship will be Eric Barreto, preacher; Margaret LaMotte Torrence, worship leader; Tony Williams, service musician; Mary Button, conference artist; and Ashley Goff, worship enlivener. The conference directors are Lisa & Eric Myers. They, along with the other faculty and staff, will lead us through the seasons of the church year as we celebrate Emmanuel’s presence with us on the journey. Come and celebrate the Sacraments and Seasons in 2018 at PAM’s Worship & Music Conference at Montreat.

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) works in cooperation with the Montreat Conference Center to offer two identical Worship and Music conferences each summer. Guided by the principles of Reformed worship, conferees explore opportunities for vital worship experiences and enriching the liturgical life of the local church.

Registration Information

Click on the Rates & Registration tab above for more information about conference registration, accommodations, and online reservations!

Contact Information

The brochure is available at presbymusic.org/montreat or download the conference brochure now. Current PAM members will automatically receive brochures for all PAM conferences. If you would like to be added to the list for receiving PAM conference brochures, please email your name and mailing address to pam@pcusa.org, or call 888.728.7228, ext. 5288.

Visit www.presbymusic.org/montreat for the latest conference information.

You may also contact the PAM National Office for registration questions:

  • Email: pam@pcusa.org
  • Call toll free: 888-728-7228, ext. 5288
  • Call direct: 502-569-5288
  • Fax: 502-569-8465
  • Mail to: Presbyterian Associations of Musicians
    100 Witherspoon Street
    Louisville, KY 40202-1396
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Conference Registration

Conference registration is open!

To register for the conference, visit presbymusic.org/montreat or download the conference brochure. Conference registration does not include accommodations (see housing & meal reservation information below). If you have questions regarding conference registration, please email the registrar at pam@pcusa.org or call 888.728.7228, ext. 5288.

Housing & Meal Rates

Housing reservations are available now!

Rates for Assembly Inn, Winsborough, and Glen Rock Inn are per person and include all room charges (Sunday through Friday night) and meal charges for the entire conference (Sunday supper through Saturday breakfast). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay. Questions about accommodations in Assembly Inn, Winsborough, or the Glen Rock Inn? Email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Assembly Inn
—Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $512.53 per person
—Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $833.56
—Double Occupancy, Shared Bath: $474.01 per person
—Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $756.52
—Limited number of rooms and/or suites available for up to five people (check availability below for rates)

—Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $360.07 per person
—Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $528.64
—Limited number of rooms available for up to four people (check availability below for rates)

Glen Rock Inn
—Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $360.07 per person
—Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $528.64
—Limited number of rooms available for up to four people (check availability below for rates)

Additional Costs for Children’s Meals
—Children 12 and older: $191.50
—Children ages 5-11: $95.75
—Children under 5: no charge

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Download a Reservation Form

You may also download a reservation form and mail it to Montreat Conference Center, Attn: Montreat Central, PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757, or fax to 828.669.5054.

Refund Policy for Housing & Meals

Refunds for housing and meals will be awarded in the following ways:

  • full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before May 7;
  • full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after May 7, but before June 11;
  • no refunds will be given after June 11.

All requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. Mail.

Conference Faculty

Montreat Conference CenterEric D. Barreto (Preacher) is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014). He is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto).

Montreat Conference CenterMargaret LaMotte Torrence (Liturgist) grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and is a graduate of Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served churches in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida, and has led worship for numerous conferences in Montreat. She currently serves as the interim pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Margaret and her husband, Lee, are the grateful parents of Nate (27) and Hanna (24). Her family has loved Montreat through five generations.

Montreat Conference CenterAnthony Williams (Service Organist) is associate professor of music at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and organist/choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. From 1990 to 2005, he served on the faculty at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Williams began his teaching career at Fisk in the late 1980s where he served as director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and was the youngest person to hold that position. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michigan and the American Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching, Dr. Williams presents recitals, lectures and masterclasses throughout the country.

Montreat Conference CenterMary Button (Artist in Residence) is a liturgical artist whose work has been exhibited across the United States and the United Kingdom, with exhibitions at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, the Church Center for the United Nations, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and Wesley House at Cambridge University, to name a few. She has written curricula on a number of social justice issues and is a frequent contributor to Believe Out Loud. She currently serves Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN as their Mission Developer. She can be reached through her website marybutton.com.

Montreat Conference CenterJohn Schwandt (Recital Organist) is professor of organ and director of the American Organ Institute (AOI) at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. At home in many genres of music, he can be encountered in concert across America, on many episodes of Minnesota Public Radio’s syndicated program Pipedreams, accompanying silent films in churches and concert halls, on a CD by the rock band Shiny Toy Guns, as leader of hymn festivals, consultant on organ projects, and as judge and clinician in many settings. He is well known for his ability as improvisateur and for engaging and exciting audiences of every kind.

Montreat Conference CenterDeborah Carlton Loftis, PhD, (Routley Lecturer) retired in 2017 from her position as executive director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (THS), a non-profit, ecumenical organization devoted to promoting and enlivening congregational song. She was named Fellow of THS in 2016. Prior to The Hymn Society post, Deborah was professor of church music at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (VA) from 1999-2008. An ordained Baptist minister, she served churches in Kentucky and Alabama in music and pastoral care for over 20 years. She is an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.

Montreat Conference CenterTim Sharp (Adult Choir Director/Chamber Choir) is executive director of the American Choral Directors Association, the world’s largest association of choral conductors, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry leaders. Before leading the ACDA, Tim was dean of fine arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale. Prior to Rhodes, he conducted the Belmont University Chorale and Oratorio Chorus, Nashville, TN. Tim received his education at Belmont University (BM); The School of Church Music, Louisville, KY (MCM, DMA); the NEH Medieval Studies program at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and at Cambridge University (UK), where he is a Clare Hall Life Fellow.

Montreat Conference CenterJeremy M. Nabors (Senior High Choir Director) is a music educator, conductor, and church musician in Durham, NC. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM) in Music Education, and Michigan State University (MM Choral Conducting). He is the director of vocal music at Chapel Hill High School, where he oversees a vocal music program containing four curricular choirs and several extracurricular groups. In addition to his work at CHHS he is the director of music at chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in North Chatham and the founding artistic director of the Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus of the Triangle.

Montreat Conference CenterEmily Floyd (Middler Choir Director) is the director of music ministries at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Her church music experience includes serving churches in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois, and she taught at the high school level in Florida and Georgia. Each summer, her church youth choir tours for ten days and visits Scotland every four years. She has served as faculty at the Choristers Guild Institute, Encore Choir Camp, and the Mabel Boyter Choir Camp. In 2013, she was guest conductor of the Georgia Sixth Grade Statewide Honor Chorus. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in music education from Florida State University.

Montreat Conference CenterInternationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals and his creative work with children, Michael Burkhardt (Children’s Choir Director) is in frequent demand as choral clinician, organ recitalist, and hymn festival leader. He serves as artist-professor of organ at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; cantor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan; and artistic director of Hearts, Hands, and Voices Worship and Fine Arts Program for Children. He has performed and led seminars at national and regional events for the AGO, ACDA, Hymn Society, and denominational conferences of church musicians. Since 2003 he has made seven performance-teaching tours to South Korea and Singapore.

Montreat Conference CenterConductor of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Kathleen Ebling Shaw (Handbell Director) is a member of the sacred music department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Mrs. Shaw is also the creative director of ChimeWorks – an online resource community for educators. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. Choirs under the direction of Mrs. Shaw have performed at Carnegie Hall and been featured on Lifetime Television, QVC, NBC’s TODAY Show, New Jersey Network, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. She has also produced eight recordings with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir.

Montreat Conference CenterMartha Moore-Keish (Adult Bible Leader) grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She attended Harvard College and Union Presbyterian Seminary, where she met and married her husband Chris. She earned her PhD in theology from Emory University, worked in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship, and taught liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School before becoming a professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary. She has published books on eucharistic theology and prayer, and has a forthcoming commentary on James. In addition to research on liturgical and sacramental theologies, she has a long-standing interest in interreligious issues, particularly Christian-Jewish relations and religions of India. Martha and Chris have two daughters, Miriam and Fiona, two cats, and a flock of chickens.

More Information

  • Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.s) are available for this conference.
  • Child Care is available for this event. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited. You must register at least 30 days in advance to guarantee enrollment in the program. Enrollment is not guaranteed for walk-in registrations.
  • Find out more about housing options available in Montreat.
  • Current PAM members will automatically receive brochures for all PAM conferences. If you would like to be added to the list for receiving PAM conference brochures, please email your name and mailing address to pam@pcusa.org, or call 888.728.7228, ext. 5288.
  • Visit the PAM website for more information and to register online.
  • Please direct all questions regarding conference registration to pam@pcusa.org or call 888.728.7228, ext. 5288.