Hundreds of musicians and music enthusiasts from many parts of the Church gathered at BYU Aug. 8-11 for the 17th annual Workshop on Church Music, sponsored by the Music Department with the participation of the Church Music Division.
The purpose of the annual workshop is to provide an opportunity for musicians to share ideas and receive instruction in all facets of Church music. The goal is not to give training in specific Church callings, which training is provided by local priesthood-directed ward and stake training programs, but rather to enhance general music skills.Subjects covered included choral and instrumental music, voice, historical perspectives, music administration, music for children and the home, organ, theory and composition.
Evening entertainment included a hymn sing at the Provo Tabernacle, a performing choir made up of workshop participants, a concert from Robert and Hawley Haws and their 15 children, who have performed in the San Jose and San Diego, Calif., area, and a concert from the Canti con Brio BYU alumni choir.
Though much of the workshop is technical in nature, some of the instruction is of general interest regardless of one's musical expertise. Some of the classes with general application are summarized on this page; others will be in the Aug. 26 issue of the Church News. While not comprehensive, the selection is intended to convey the flavor of the workshop.
Information on next year's workshop can be obtained from BYU Conferences and Workshops, 352 Harman Building, Provo, Utah 84602; or call (801) 378-7692.