Children’s choir event features five trainers
JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Children’s Choir Leadership Workshop was held July 27-28 at the Baptist Building.
Various training sessions were conducted by five instructors. Those teachers were: Pam Williams, a longtime music education specialist who writes curriculum for LifeWay’s Children’s Music Series; Susan Eernisse, a music teacher at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons, Ga., who also writes curriculum for LifeWay’s Children’s Music Series; Martha Hicks, associate professor of music at Southwest Baptist University, where she serves as coordinator of Church Music Studies; Virginia Harper, who has directed and coordinated children’s choirs for many years in the St. Louis area; and Treva Downey, director of the Young Musicians choir at First Baptist Church, Harvester, in St. Charles for the last 12 years.
MBC Worship Specialist John Francis, who taught a pair of sessions on “Forming the Purpose Driven Children’s Choir,” talked about the event.
“One thing that we want to be concerned with is training up new worshippers,” Francis said. “We really, truly want to be able to do that in the best way that we possibly can, so this is an introduction of materials from LifeWay and from other sources to give people as many tools as possible to train up new worshippers. That’s what children’s choir really should be about.”