Singapore Bible College and New Millennium Evangelical Church present

A MORE PROFOUND ALLELUIA

Sambawitan Music and Worship Summit 2018
October 5 – 6  |  New Millennium Evangelical Church
Manila, Philippines
Registration Fee: ₱1,000

Sambawitan Music And Worship Summit

SUMMIT SYNOPSIS

Designed to help overcome the daily challenges and struggles facing those in worship and music ministry, the Sambawitan Music and Worship Summit is an all-in-one spiritual retreat, worship conference, reading session, and hands-on workshop, for all who are involved in worship and music ministries: ministry leaders, pastors, worship leaders, conductors, choristers, praise teams, and more. To help you rekindle the passion for the ministry for which you have been called, this two-day summit will help you to RECHARGE through worship and biblical teaching, to REALIGN your direction towards a greater purpose, to RECALIBRATE your skills for effective leadership, and provide you with effective and relevant RESOURCES that will sustain you for the long run.

Our speakers

Dr Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng

President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association
Assistant Professor of Conducting
University of the Philippines

Rev Jason Co

Senior Pastor
New Millennium Evangelical Church

Dr Joel Navarro

Professor of Conducting
Singapore Bible College School of Church Music

Ps Joseph Lee

Associate Professor of Worship
Singapore Bible College School of Church Music

Dr Myrleene Yap

Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Worship
Singapore Bible College School of Church Music

Dr Virginia Tsai

Associate Professor of Composition
Singapore Bible College School of Church Music

PLENARY

AND THEN CREATION SANG…: UNDERSTANDING WHEN, HOW, AND WHY ALLELUIAS ARE LIFTED UP

1

Ps. Joseph Lee

Even before the world’s creation, the Holy Trinity received the praises from the morning stars and all of creation. At the beginning, God commanded that His praises be lifted, and creation has done so either in song, action or deed. The reason for this praise is rooted in Who Creator God is! Why then, has singing and praise seem to have become an activity for experts only? Has the church forgotten the reasons why God commanded His praise? A look at Holy Scripture and life experiences, will enthralled us with reasons why we should be joining the praises of angels and creation.

ALLELUIA FROM THE HEART: LIVING A LIFE OF ALLELUIA

2

Rev. Jason Co

When our heart is tuned rightfully to its true purpose, then our life comes together as harmonious music that gives praise and glory to God. A life well-lived is a life that resounds with profound alleluias to our Lord.

READING SESSIONS

ENGAGING PEW POTATOES: HYMN CONCERTATOS FOR CHOIR AND CONGREGATION

Dr. Joel Navarro

1

This choral reading session will explore one of the best ways to encourage disengaged worshipers by involving them as the so-called second choir, the congregation, in interactively singing stanzas of hymns with the church choir or ensemble. Concertato arrangements of traditional or contemporary hymns will be read to give the participant a glimpse of these thrilling experiences which, as many congregants often say, become glorious approximations of the heavenly choir.

SONGS FROM A CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

Ps. Joseph Lee

2

Explore the power of songs from the past and present which relate to the Golden Generation as well as to Millennials.

RECHARGE

When the body is weary and rest seems fleeting, find solace for the soul

REALIGN

When the way ahead is dark and dim, find direction towards a greater purpose

RECALIBRATE

When impact today seems blunt, find the joy of sharpened skills for the next round

RESOURCES

When ideas have died out, but not the passion, find fuel for the fire

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

CSI: CHORAL SCENE INVESTIGATION

1A

Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng

In this session, participants will do “detective work” as CSI equips you with investigative tools necessary to discover elements in the score that are often missed or taken for granted. The session will include a close examination of various elements of music (pitch, rhythm, range, texture, dynamics) and their marriage with the text. Through effective score study techniques, the participants will learn to discover the intentions of the composer/arranger and make the music rehearsal and choral performance as insightful and inspiring as ever.

A MUSICAL BUFFET: TRENDS IN 21ST-CENTURY CONGREGATIONAL SONGS

1B

Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap

Explore how the Lord is inspiring writers and musicians to produce congregational songs for the believers’ expression and formation in the 21st century. Get an overview of the current trends and emerging practices in congregational songs since the turn of the century beyond the contemporary worship music of PlanetShakers and Hillsongs. Sing through illustrative songs that are chosen especially for the churches in the Philippines.

BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, AND VOICE: ALIGNMENT, BODY MAPPING, AND OUR RELATIONSHIP TO RHYTHM, BREATH, AND SOUND CONNECTION

Dr. Joel Navarro

2A

For a conductor or singer, four areas relate dynamically with one another to produce performances which are authentic, powerful, and transformative. This session seeks to address areas of body alignment, internalization of rhythm, and connection with breath and sound. Exercises in mindfulness and body mapping techniques will be given as each participant experiences better sound production and gestural fluency.

BEYOND HOLY ACTIONS, HOLY WORDS: LEADING THE CONGREGATION TO ENCOUNTER GOD

Ps. Joseph Lee

2B

As God reveals Himself to us, the church responds in worship, praise and prayer. We use voices in song, bodies in movement, and with our lips, recite ancient words. All these are tools used when deep adoration and awe seem limited by our limited means of expressions.  Our responses to God whilst in worship, and towards each other whilst in fellowship, form part of a larger framework of the church in this divine encounter. 

FOR MUSICIANS: WHAT PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS WISH THE MUSICIANS KNEW

3A

Rev. Jason Co and Ps. Joseph Lee

Non-musician pastors and ministry leaders often struggle with the working relationship with their church musicians.  Yet to bridge any gap, it takes a two-way street to result in genuine and loving worship.  As pastors admit that they are not perfect, this attempt is but a reminder that the body of Christ lives under His Lordship and love is still the best way forward.   

FOR PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS: WHAT MUSICIANS WISH THE PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS KNEW

3B

Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng and Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap

Engage in a conversation by a professional cum church musician and a former music and worship pastor with pastors and ministry leaders. As musicians share concerns and perspectives about music and worship ministries and musicians from their side, the hope is for this to serve as a jumping-off point to dig deeper into how both can serve together more effectively in worship and church ministries.

YOU MEAN YOU CAN DO THAT?: REHEARSAL METHODS THAT WORK

4A

Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng and Dr. Virginia Tsai

This talk encourages every music conductor to think and teach outside the box during rehearsals. Possibilities for actual situations will be shared. To think and teach outside the box is (1) to try new and creative ways to help members understand and sing the music, (2) to go beyond the norm, still remembering that each choir member is unique in ability and music understanding, in spiritual journey and music expression, and (3) to unite these members in heart, song, and voice.

SING LIKE NEVER BEFORE: DEVELOPING A SINGING CONGREGATION

4B

Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap
How do we get our congregations to sing after the novelty of new repertoire and new musical, accompaniment, and leadership styles wear off? Learn time-tested tips and ideas that will help to develop congregations that sing with their minds and hearts and voices.

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