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Augsburg Fortress Summer Music

August 2 - August 3

Augsburg Fortress looks forward to seeing you in Philadelphia at our FREE Summer Music Clinic!

This summer, join hundreds of other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways
to enliven music in worship.Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship.

Clinicians Wayne Wold and Zebulon Highben will lead a variety of workshops, including “500 Years of Singing-Exploring the Lutheran and Reformed Choral Traditions” (Highben) and “Priceless Terasures: Hymns and Songs in Parish Life” (Wold) along with choral, keyboard, children’s, and handbell (Michael Joy) reading sessions.

Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to refresh worship with new resources, and join other musicians and the community for a hymn festival.

Day One

8:30 – 9:00 Check-in, Registration for walk-ins.

9:00 -11:00 Handbells – Michael Joy

11:15 – 12:15 Children’s Music Workshop – Highben

12:15-1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 Keyboard Repertoire – Wold

3:00 – 3:15 –Break

3:15 – 4:30 Workshop: Priceless Treasures: Hymns and Songs in Parish Life – Wold

4:30 – 5:45 B. Workshop: 500 Years of Singing – Highben

5:45 – 7:00 – Dinner on your own

7:00 – Hymn Festival: Seasons of the Son with Wayne Wold and Zebulon Highben

Day Two

8:30 – 9:00 Check-in or Registration for walk-ins for those who did not attend Day one

9:00 – 10:15 Treasures From the File Cabinet – Wold & Highben

10:15 – 10:30 – Break

10:30 – 12:00 – Choral Session I – Highben

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 Choral II – Highben

500 Years of Singing: Exploring the Lutheran and Reformed Choral Traditions – Zebulon Highben

Martin Luther and his colleagues famously created the German chorales and established a prominent place for vernacular hymns in their worship orders of 1523 and 1526. But Luther also loved choral singing, and a robust repertoire of choral music developed contemporaneously with the chorales. The Reformed tradition is known for its treasury of metrical psalmody, which also gave rise to a rich legacy of choral works. But what exactly are these choral traditions? What are their musical, textual, and liturgical parameters? How did they influence each other? Using repertoire from the new Augsburg Chorale Book and its sister volumes, this session will answer these questions and highlight the various streams of Lutheran and Reformed choral music, from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Priceless Treasures: Hymns and Songs in Parish Life – Wayne Wold

In addition to presenting ideas about using hymns creatively in worship, Wold will discuss other areas of parish life—rehearsals, meetings, education, fellowship and outreach events, publications and public relations, and more—where hymns and hymn-singing can be enriching and meaningful tools for spiritual formation, community-building, and memory-making.

Hymn Festival: Seasons of the Son

A program of readings, prayers, and hymns/songs from many times and places that explore and celebrate the richness of the Church Year.


St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ardmore
415 E. Athens Avenue
Ardmore, 19009
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(610) 642-3211