POWERUP MASS CHOIR
PowerUP Virtual Choir Video Project - Register for the full conference pass and have the opportunity to record your voice and video as part of this exciting new PowerUp project! Helpful videos, online rehearsals and sectionals will help singers to learn the music and also how to record remotely using their mobile phone!
Online Mass Choir Rehearsals Session 1 & 2
ZOOM Rehearsals will be held during PowerUp weekend - Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Rehearsals do not overlap with any other workshops. Additional instructions and support material about how to record will be forwarded to registrants in January. Please update your ZOOM account to the latest version. Here is a link to a short video for instructions on how to do this: https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM
What better way to enjoy great Gospel classics than a ‘Listening' Party! Being online makes listening to great music that much more intimate and interactive. If you are new to Gospel music, you will see and hear some of the most memorable gospel music performances by the best of the best! And for those who are Gospel music ‘afficionados', here is an opportunity to share your personal favourites and the ‘back stories’ that go with these songs. Big ’tings—Big fun!
THE JOY OF MUSIC
Trey McLaughlin ("Opus 3 Artists", Exclusive Artist Representative)
From religious contexts to spiritual, and from personal contexts to cultural, songs continue to be a powerful tool to convey sorrow, joy, hope, love and all emotions in between. In this interactive singing workshop, Trey will teach songs by rote, focusing on the nuances and intricate harmonies specific to the gospel music style. Come and be part of this exciting workshop! Opportunity for Q&A!
THE POPULARIZATION OF GOSPEL MUSIC
Gospel music lovers will have an integrated music and historical experience with this powerful music genre. Join Isaac Cates as he traces the popularization of gospel music in America and learn how the “sound” of gospel music has evolved. He will also incorporate his own unique technique to help you make musical connections to the experiences that continue to shape Gospel music today.
GOSPEL MUSIC IS INTENTIONAL
Isaac Cates believes that it is important to be intentional about every nuance and word when you sing Gospel music. For Cates, performing gospel music is music ministry, not a gig! This workshop will inspire vocalists to dig deeper into the meaning of the music they sing while promoting healthy singing.
Introduction to Gospel Music
This interactive session will explore the fundamentals of gospel music by tracing its rich history back to Africa, introducing its principal pioneers and landmark recordings, as well as discovering its numerous subgenres. What is the gospel sound? When and where did gospel music originate? What is the difference between hymns, spirituals, CCM and gospel songs? What is a vamp? What is a shout or praise break? What is an African aesthetic? This introductory session is open to all levels and backgrounds.
Beginner to intermediate level session which will embody a fusion of ballet and Jazz dance syllabus work . Class will focus on choreography and story-telling through movement.
This movement session will introduce beginner to intermediate level students to exercises and syllabus work from Dance Masters of America. Choreography will be introduced during the session with the inclusion of turns, jumps and more.
SELF CARE FOR THE ARTISTIC SOUL
An open talk which will focus on the impact of stress, and the implementation of self-care practices. This facilitated dialogue will share resources and tools for the artistic soul.
Dr. Raymond Wise, Dr. Clark Joseph, Dr. Patrice E. Turner, Isaac Cates, Rob Greene, Stephen Lewis and Renee Rowe
A panel of American and Canadian Gospel experts including Dr. Raymond Wise (Bloomington, Indiana), Dr. Clark Joseph (Houston, Texas), Dr. Patrice E. Turner (Atlanta, Georgia), Isaac Cates (Kansas City, Missouri), Rob Greene (Belleville, Ontario), Stephen Lewis and Renee Rowe (Toronto, Ontario) focus on the current shifts in church music.