Selah Retreat
2019

Enter into the Father's Joy

28 - 30 March

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Entering into the Father’s joy is an act of faith in God’s goodness for us. Balancing life and ministry is already difficult. To succumb to their pressure and weight renders us weak, vulnerable, and impoverished. This retreat will allow us to come into our Father’s presence, know His heart, abide in Him, and experience a time of refreshing and joy. Music ministers, church leaders, and church musicians are heartily invited to come and learn from each other through God’s Word, songs of our faith, spiritual insights, and musical knowledge from key leaders in Asia and the United States.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Dan Forrest

Choral/Orchestra composer, pianist, educator, and music editor

Dr. Beverly
Shangkuan-Cheng

President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association

Dr. Myrleene Yap

Academic Dean
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Dr. Joel Navarro

Professor
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Dr. Virginia Tsai

Associate Professor
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Ps. Joseph Lee

Associate Professor
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Mr. Eudenice
Palaruan

Associate Professor
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Dr. Samuel
Cheung

Associate Professor
School of Church Music (Singapore Bible College)

Selah Retreat 2019

Singapore Bible College

Programme Highlights

March 28

REGISTRATION 13:00

WORSHIP 1 AND PLENARY 1:
ENTER INTO HIS JOY
 14:00

Lessons from a People from Exile

Enter His Joy: Lessons from a People from Exile - Dr. Myrleene Yap & Ptr. Joseph Lee

How can reading the Word of God bring a range of responses from weeping, gratitude, feasting, sharing food and wine, to proclaiming a holy day of the Lord and knowing His joy? Join us on the journey from exile, trudging through anguish and leaping into fulfilled expectation.

SESSION 1:
JOURNEY INTO HIS JOY
 15:15

An Analysis of Selected Choral Works of Dan Forrest

Journey into Joy: An Analysis of Selected Choral Works of Dan Forrest - Dr. Joel Navarro

This session will look at excerpts from five anthems composed or arranged by Dan Forrest, and which are programmed for performance on 28 and 31 March 2019. Underpinned by his choral-orchestral work Jubilate Deo, these works represent transit stops along the way as the soul encounters creativity, reflection, attribution, conversion, and gratitude. By meditating on the texts, examining the way the music is constructed in service of the libretto, and finding connections with your own personal journey, the musician can find ways to breathe new life into the music, transcend technicality and musicality, and exude a spirituality to the sound that points the listener heavenward.

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP:
DANCE FOR JOY
 16:00

Movement Workshop: Biblical Worship through Community Dance - Mrs. Ann Palaruan & Mr. Eudenice Palaruan

Throughout the Old Testament, dancing is used as a means of worship and praise to God. For many generations, the people of Israel memorialize significant events through songs and dancing. This workshop will allow the participants to experience some of the typical Jewish community dances that enrich the spiritual life of a worshipping people.

FREE TIME 17:00

Participants are encouraged to attend the Jubilate Deo Concert at Victoria (VCH). Purchase tickets on your own.

PRE-CONCERT TALK BY
DR. DAN FORREST
 18:30

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
(Nearest MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place MRT)

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

March 29

WORSHIP 2 AND PLENARY 2:
REMAIN IN MY JOY
 09:00

The Confessions of a Ministry Burnout Survivor

Remain in My Joy: The Confessions of a Ministry Burnout Survivor - Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap

Joy and passion should characterize those who are in the Lord’s ministry. Yet how does one remain in that joy when stress becomes enormous, expectations become debilitating and we find ourselves burning out and barely hanging on by a thread? Learn to identify signs of ministry burnout and discover steps to recovery and prevention through the personal story of one who once lost her joy and passion in ministry, survived the burnout, and is now back in joyful service for the Lord.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1:
REFLECTION
 10:15

REGATHERING AND
WORSHIP 3:
SING LIKE NEVER BEFORE
 11:15

A Service on the Songs Jesus Sang

Regathering and Worship 3: Sing Like Never Before - SBC Chorale and the School of Church Music Faculty

PHOTOTAKING & LUNCH  12:00

SESSION 2:
CSI CHORAL SCENE
INVESTIGATION
 13:30

Music and Textual Exegesis on a Choral Work

CSI - Choral Scene Investigation: Musical and Textual Exegesis on a Choral Work - Drs. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng & Virginia Tsai

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 the 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!

REFLECTION 15:30

READING SESSION with OPEN
FORUM
 16:00

Group A (in English):
Songs from the Birds of Paradise:
Asian Choral and Congregational Music 

Group B (in Mandarin):
唱新歌 (Sing New Songs):
Chinese Choral and Congregational Music

Music Reading: Choral and Congregational Music from Southeast Asia and China - Dr. Samuel Cheung & Prof. Eudenice Palaruan

Revelations 7:9 says that every nation, tribe and tongue will gather around the throne of God in praise and worship. In simultaneous but separate reading sessions, we try to catch a glimpse of John’s vision of global worship expressed through new and unfamiliar songs written for specific people groups. Participants may choose to attend either session to gather new insight, broaden their perspectives, or explore repertoire choices useful for their own congregations.

SESSION 3:
PERFECTIONISM:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND
THE UGLY
 19:00

Perfectionism: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Mdme. Ming Soo Hoo

Among Christian musicians, there is a refusal to accept substandard performance. This is known as perfectionism. This is a common struggle among performing artists that betters their art but batters their heart. This seminar will talk on how to appreciate one’s limitation when persevering towards self-artistic development without falling into the adverse outcome of perfectionism.

March 30

FROM THE MOUTH
OF ASAPH
 09:00

A Dialogue with Dr. Dan Forrest

From the Mouth of Asaph: A Dialogue with Dan Forrest - Ptr. Joseph Lee, moderator

“For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A song.” This is the opening line we often read from Psalms 73 to 89. Asaph was one of three Levites David commissioned to be charge of singing in the temple of God. The mention of great music ministers in the Bible reminds us that God takes music seriously and empowers musicians whom He calls. We have the opportunity this year to have a face-to-face conversation with a modern-day Asaph whose music radiates a comely spirituality that evokes joyful contemplation, mindful action, and effusive praise.

FROM GENERATION
TO GENERATION:
LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION
 10:30

A Testimony of Three Lives with One Conviction

A Dialogue with Dr. Joel Navarro, Prof. Eudenice Palaruan & Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng

Listen to how the Lord has called and empowered three conductors, each from different generations, to thrive in their respective callings. Learn from their struggles and successes, their burdens and blessings, and how God continues to equip and inspire them to press on toward the goal of establishing God’s kingdom here on earth.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2:
REFLECTION
 11:45

WORSHIP 4 AND CLOSING
CEREMONY
GO OUT WITH JOY
 12:15

LUNCH 13:00

Jubilate Deo Concert

at Singapore Bible College

March 31

  • Pre-Concert Talk By Dr. Dan Forrest 18:30 - 19:00
  • Jubilate Deo Concert 19:30 - 21:30

ENQUIRIES:

(+65) 6559 1520
music@sbc.edu.sg

Notice:

The retreat fee includes materials and meals, but participants will need to source for accommodation on their own.

Fees:

Early bird registration fee (01 Dec 2018 – 24 Feb 2019) 

SGD 110

Regular fee (25 Feb – 28 Mar 2019)

SGD 130

Payment:

Please make payment within two weeks from the submission of the form to complete registration.

If you don’t reside in Singapore, send your travel itinerary as confirmation of your attendance to music@sbc.edu.sg to request to make payment on the first day of the retreat.

Registration

CLOSING DATE: 21 March 2019

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