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Eric Wall to be New Conference Center Musician at Montreat
The music that plays such an important role in Sunday summer worship, adult and youth conference worship, and special events will now be coordinated by Eric Wall, the newly appointed Conference Center Musician at Montreat Conference Center. “We have long needed a person on staff who is grounded musically, theologically, and liturgically to be integrally involved in the planning and coordinating of the music, artistic expression, and liturgy that is so much a part of our conferencing and worship,” said Pete Peery, president of Montreat Conference Center. “Eric Wall brings to Montreat his deep training as a church musician, a serious grasp of the vast realm of musical genres in the global Christian community, and a wondrous and imaginative gift for drawing people of all types into the worship of God. Eric’s skills, creativity, vision, and talent promise to transform the worship life of all our conferences and our Summer Worship Series.”
Wall, who has been Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, N.C., since 1998, will continue in that position. His contract with the conference center will bring him in to plan, coordinate, and direct music for each Sunday worship service in Anderson Auditorium during the summer months. In addition, Wall will serve as music and worship consultant for all conferences hosted by Montreat. He will also be the lead musician in 2011 for the conference center’s two new flagship conferences for adults: “Being Spiritual in a CrazyBusy World” (May 29-June 1) and “Getting Unstuck” (October 23-27).
“I am both grateful and excited for this opportunity to serve Montreat and the Church,” said Wall, when asked about his new role. He went on to explain that this is a time of great abundance and variety in Church music, which can at times create division and confusion related to worship or music styles. “My hope is always that music would be a sign of the one body of Christ, a unifier of community rather than a divider of tastes,” said Wall.
Wall’s relationship with Montreat Conference Center is a long one, including leadership roles at many of the annual Worship and Music conferences, one of which he directed in 2005. He has also worked as conference musician for youth conferences and a number of diverse adult conferences.
Wall received his Bachelor of Music degree (organ) and Masters of Music degree (choral conducting) at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., at which time he was also serving as organist at Faith Presbyterian Church.
“Worship and music in all forms at Montreat have become a huge part of my life,” Wall concluded. “I look forward to being of service in this new way.”