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National Music Board
(L - R)
Sister Helen Smith, Sister Rose Stevens, Sister Sheneice Smith,
Elder William E. Smith, Elder Stanley Coleman, Brother Dwayne Brockington

National Music Board
Elder William E. Smith, National Minister of Music (Denmark, SC)
Sister Helen Smith, Secretary (Columbia, SC)
Brother Dwayne Brockington (Mullins, SC)
Elder Stanley Coleman (Killian, SC)
Sister Sheneice Smith (Denmark, SC0
Sister Rose Stevens (Columbia, SC)
Board of Bishops Advisor: Bishop David S. Johnson

2008 Church Music Conference

Held at

Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Incorporated
2222-24 Barhamville Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Convening April 30-May 3, 2008

Equipping the Church Music Ministry for the 21
st Century 

Guest Presenters:

Dr. James Abbington,
Associate Professor of Music and Worship –
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Carol Krueger,
Professor of Music – University of South Carolina School of Music

Mrs. Angela Blalock
Professor of Vocal Training – South Carolina State University;

Mr. Jeffry Elmore,
Professional Percussionist and
owner of Du Dah Drums Studio; and

Minister Eddie Robinson,
Recording Artist and Lecturer, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Scenes from the Pastors' and Choir Directors' Retreat
November 2007 - Atlanta, GA
Opening Prayer
Opening Session
Pastor Ernest Deas of Atlanta, GA
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith anoints attendees
Music and Worship Seminar
Music and Worship Seminar
Music and Worship Seminar
Dr. James Abbington, guest presenter, and Pastor Ernest Deas
Dr. James Abbington teaches the Music and Worship Seminar
Dr. Abbington leads participants in worship songs
Attendees sing with Dr. Abbington
Dr. Abbington teaches the seminar
Dr. Abbington and Bishop Smith
Sister Sheneice Smith spends time with Sister Marla Roberts of St. Petersburg, FL


Scenes from the
2006 National Music Conference
*Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
and The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Guest clinician Dr. James Abbington teaches a session on
music reading and congregational worship
Dr. Abbington teaches a session on
music reading and congregational worship
Dr. James Abbington leads the workshop participants in singing examples of good congregational worship songs
Workshop participants attend the Friday evening session

Guest Clinician Minister Steven Ford teaches
a workshop on worship

Minister Ford plays worship selections on
the organ after teaching a workshop on worship
Elder William E. Smith, National Minister of Music,
and Minister Steven Ford
Dr. Carol Krueger shows workshop participants
how to do warm-up exercises
Dr. Carol Krueger demonstrates techniques for choir directors
Workshop attendees enjoy the fellowship luncheon
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith gives closing remarks

Dr. James Abbington autographs copies
 of his book, "Let Mt. Zion Rejoice"

The National Music Department received a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship of Grand Rapids, MI. This grant was for training clergy, lay leaders, and church music personnel to develop worship practices that affirm theology and music, and promote the gospel message. The major focus of the grant was accomplished through the 2006 Church Music Conference, held April 27 - 29, 2006 in Columbia, SC. The conference convened at the headquarters church complex located at 2222 Barhamville Road in Columbia.  

This music conference was designed for:

Choir members






Aspiring Musicians


Worship Service Leaders


Pastors and Clergy



Dr. James Abbington
Candler School of Theology
Emory University of Atlanta, GA

Dr. James Abbington, currently Associate Professor of Music and Worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, GA, was previously a professor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Morgan State University. Prior to his tenure in Baltimore he was Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC (1998–2003).

He is also the Executive Editor of the African American Church Music Series published by GIA Publications, Inc. of Chicago and has served as co-director of the annual Hampton University Ministers’ and Musicians’ Conference since 2000.  Dr. Abbington is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, as well as a member of the Council for the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. He proudly serves on Council for the journal Reformed Worship (Calvin Institute) and on the advisory board of African American Pulpit: a homiletic journal.  
Dr. Abbington is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and was a student of the late Dr. Wendell P. Whalum and Dr. Joyce Finch Johnson. He earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Church Music and Organ from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he was a student of Marilyn Mason. 
Dr. Abbington served as Minister of Music and Church Organist of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit from 1983–1996. He was National Director of Music for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. from 1990–1994 and National Music Director for the NAACP from 1988–1992.  
He is the author of Let Mt. Zion Rejoice! Music in the African American Church (Judson Press), Readings in African American Church Music and Worship (GIA Publications, Inc.), co-author of Waiting to Go! African American Church Worship Resources from Advent through Pentecost (GIA),  and Going to Wait! African American Church Worship Resources between Pentecost and Advent (GIA); he edited Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker’s Spirits that Dwell in Deep Woods: The Prayer and Praise Hymns of the Black Religious Experience (GIA) and is an associate editor of the best-selling African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA). 

Minister Steven Ford
Music Consult and
Award Winning Record Producer

Steven Ford is a Music Consultant, Award Winning Record Producer, Internationally Respected Musician, Lecturer and Teacher. He has taught many symposiums and workshops on music ministry in the African-American Church, and The Music Industry. He is CEO of the S. Ford Music Productions. He is the musical consultant of the music department’s at The Redeemed Church in Baltimore, Maryland & The Ford Memorial Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As a native of Philadelphia, Steven Ford was appointed head musician at the age of 9 years old at his father's church. He shortly there after began his musical career as a studio musician, performing on numerous recordings, television and radio commercials. Stevens' infatuation with recording and musical arranging soon became the driving force behind his maturity into a consummate musician, writer and producer.

Stevens' production skills have been a contributing factor for the success of over fifty album projects for such artists as;

Bishop TD Jakes, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Vickie Winans, Donnie McClurkin & The McClurkin Family, The Winans, Shirley Caesar, Maurette Brown-Clark, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, The Williams Brothers, John P. Kee, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Phyllis Hyman, Pieces Of A Dream, The New York Voices, Bishop Merritt & The Straight Gate Mass Choir, The Dallas Ft. Worth Mass Choir, The Potter's House Mass Choir, and others.

Steven's album/CD productions have awarded him, 2 Grammy Awards,
10 Grammy Nominations, 5 Dove Awards,  and 10 Stellar Awards.

"The Outstanding Achievement Philadelphia Music Foundation Award"
"The Liberty Bell Award for Community Service"
 "Music & Art Achievement Award for Classical Score" for the movie; "The Life Of Benjamin ********" 

Steven served as Musical Director for the Broadway and National Theater productions of: "Don't Get God Started", "God's Trombones", "I'm Coming Home", and "Bobo's, an Urban Opera.

Stevens' orchestrations and scores can be heard in the films, "Born Out Of Time", "The Life of Benjamin ********", "Going For The Gold", "DuPont 50th Year Anniversary", and "The Philadelphia Diary Story".

He completed his education in Music Composition & Orchestration, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Steven also studied piano with Dr. Vera Eubanks,  Dr. Susan Duer and, voila with Dr. Morris Schozstock.

Website: www.stevenfordmusic.com

Dr. Carol Krueger
Choral Conductor - School of Music
University of South Carolina

Carol Krueger is Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina where she conducts the University Choir, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and methods courses, and supervises student teachers.  Prior to her appointment at South Carolina, Dr. Krueger held positions at the University of Montevallo and at the University of Miami, and spent more than twenty years as a choral music educator in the public schools in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  A native of Wisconsin, Krueger received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and both an MA and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami.

An active clinician and guest conductor, Krueger has most recently conducted festivals and honor choirs in Alabama, Florida, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, North Dakota, and North Carolina. Krueger is also widely recognized for her work with music literacy and has presented interest sessions at the American Choral Directors National Convention in New York, the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Nashville, and interest session or workshops in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia, Georgia, Kansas, Florida, Alabama, North Dakota and South Carolina.

Ms. Angela Blalock
Professor of Voice
South Carolina State University 

Soprano Angela Small Blalock is an artist whose training and performance experience has been almost entirely American.  A graduate of Savannah State College and The Ohio State University, she was a former Associate Artist with the Opera Columbus Company, Columbus Light Opera, and the Columbus Ensemble Singers.  Additionally, she was the recipient of a travel scholarship from The Ohio State University School of Music for study abroad in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS).

Currently residing in South Carolina, she currently serves on the music faculty of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina and the music faculty of Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia.  Comfortable on the operative stage to the recital hall, Ms. Blalock has performed benefit concerts for the Orangeburg Arts Council, and made her South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra debut during the 1997-98 season in its performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, she recently reprised this role in the 2003-2004 season opening performance of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Nicholas Smith, conductor.   She has also appeared as a solo artist with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra with maestro Donald Portnoy.  She has also appeared as soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in its performance of Haydn's Creation, and the Savannah Symphony Chamber Orchestra performance of Handel's Messiah, Timothy Hall conducting.  Other solo appearances include performances of the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Faure, and Rutter, the Bach Magnificat, Rutter Magnificat, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Hymn of Praise.  Most recently, she was the soprano soloist for the SC Philharmonic's 2003-2004 closing season performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, concert version, its Messiah performance in December 2004, and the Mozart Requiem, March 2005.   She will appear as a guest artist in the Trinity Cathedral Performing Arts Series, January 2006, in its Mozart Festival, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and as the soprano soloist in the performance of the Mozart Requiem with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, January 2006. 

Further, Ms. Blalock has been selected by panel review as an Approved Artist for the state of South Carolina by the Board of Commissioners of the South Carolina Arts Commission.  She has been a featured Showcase Artist for the Carolinas Performing Arts Showcase, held in Charleston, South Carolina, and once had the triple distinction of having been chosen as a Community Tour Artist.


Thursday, April 27
Registration 6:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 9:00p.m. Interest Sessions

Friday, April 28
Registration 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. (Pre-Registration and Onsite-registration)
1:00 p.m.- 9:30p.m.Interest Sessions, dinner break, music session session

Saturday, April 29
Registration 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (Pre-Registration and Onsite-registration)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Interest Sessions, lunch break, music session session


bulletMusic reading session from the African American Heritage Hymnal and choral music by African American composers
bullet"Improving the Sound quality of Your Church Choir: Striving for Excellence Without Excuses"
bullet"Effective Choir Rehearsal Techniques: Making the Most of Your Time"
bullet"Service Playing Techniques for the Church Musician"
bullet"How to Create a Worship Plan for Your Church Music Ministry"
bullet"Master Class for the Solo Voice"
bullet"Puppet Ministry for Children's Church"
bulletExhibits and vendors for church musicians
bulletDoor prizes!
Your $50.00 Registration Fee Provides:
bulletHymn Book - African American Heritage Hymnal
bulletBook - Let Mt. Zion Sing, by Dr. James Abbington
bulletChoral sheet music arranged and composed by African American composers
bulletWorkshop Conference Notebook
bulletPad and Pencil
bulletAttendance to Interest Sessions
bulletConference Bag
bulletLunch on Saturday
Hotel Accommodations for Conference Attendees

Comfort Inn Suites
750 Saturn Parkway
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 407-4444

Room Rate: $67.00 per night + tax

Scenes from the National Music Conference in March 2000

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