MESSAGE FROM KAREN BURKE
On behalf of the Toronto Mass Choir, welcome to PowerUp Gospel: ‘Embracing the Change’! Thank you for your support in joining us for another edition of Canada’s premiere gospel music conference! Whether online or in-person, it seems that the joy of Gospel music is contagious!
PowerUp Gospel is definitely a highlight of our season. For the past 18 years, TMC has provided and expanded access to great gospel music and gospel music education in Canada by a hard-working team of volunteers. We are looking forward to the excitement, the networking, the music and so many uplifting and engaging experiences!
The past almost two years have indeed been challenging for our world but there have been some benefits—one of them has been the ability to expand our reach by putting PowerUp online in 2021! Preparing for PowerUp Gospel 2022, we decided to again have a virtual presentation of both weekends.
We are so excited this year to welcome back Gospel music educator, composer, clinician and artist, Dr. Raymond Wise from Columbus, Ohio as our special guest. Those who were with us in 2019 would remember what an awesome time we had with Dr. Wise, and everyone agreed that we had to have him back. Well, he’s back--over both weekends, with so much more information to share with us all!
PowerUp Gospel 2022 includes a powerful online webinar for music leaders on Saturday, Feb. 19 and popular song writing clinics led by Rob Greene & Renée Rowe on Feb. 25. We are returning to the two-weekend format for the weekend courses scheduled in the evenings and on Saturdays. The second weekend includes four (4) unique Special Interest sessions and re-introduces accomplished vocal clinician, Belinda Munro-Gardner from Houston, TX. The best value is the full conference pass which includes both weekends!
Be sure to take a close look at the workshops that have been created just for you.
Thank you for your continued support! We can’t wait to connect and re-connect with you.
The Toronto Mass Choir is excited to offer a hybrid gospel music workshop for vocalists, instrumentalists, and gospel music enthusiasts of all skill levels. Top professionals in gospel music host workshops that give attendees a chance to improve their musicianship, learn about gospel music in a variety of settings. a PowerUp is always a unique and powerful experience!
Through a balanced offering of interactive activities and group coaching, you can:
Develop your musical ear in vocal improvisation
Learn tips and techniques for maintaining vocal health
Learn the keyboard techniques and understand the chord structures that create that special “gospel sound”
Learn to ‘Play by Ear’ on the keyboard
Engage in deep conversations with an international group of expert Gospel vocalists and instrumentalists
Become the music leader that you've always wanted to be!
…and much more
"That was such a phenomenal experience!! Thank you once again for including me...I learned so much, it was almost overwhelming!!! I absolutely love this event and have gained so much just by being a part of it. Thanks again and congratulations to the entire team on a job very well done!"
- Renee Rowe, Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach,
“It was awesome!! Bravo on a very successful online PowerUp!! -
- Dr. Melissa Morgan, Assistant Professor of Choral Music, University of Regina
"Thanks again for spearheading this AMAZINGLY ANOINTED EVENT!!!” -
- Dr. Beverly Vaughn, Professor of Music, Stockton University, New Jersey
"I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you again for the invitation to present at PowerUp 2021. It was truly an honor to present! I also wanted to share with you how beautifully organized the event was!! As a Clinician, I felt taken care of, and was always welcomed into each space with love, kindness, and warmth. This is a true reflection of the heart and excellence that TMC continuously demonstrates. Presenting online in the virtual realm, we can often feel disconnected, but somehow you all made it feel as if we were in a room together, holding each other up as a family. That was truly heartwarming for me"
- Nicole Hamilton- Artistic Director, Inica Dance Industries
"I was fortunate to attend the Power Up Gospel Choir Workshop in 2021. The on-line experience was phenomenal. The workshops were enlightening, informative and it was great to experience community within a larger body of singers. A highlight for me was the panel discussion with the guest speakers. Experiencing their openness, vulnerability and wisdom reminded me of the wealth we have access to.
Much looking forward to PowerUP 2022."
- Fredericka Petit-Homme, Montreal QC