Thursday, December 13, 2007

2008 University of Alabama Church Music Conference

The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences School of Music presents the 2008 University of Alabama Church Music Conference Friday, January 25-Saturday, January 26, 2008. This is an annual event which reaches the Southeastern US and attracts at least 100 church musicians from a five-state region. The theme this year is “The Messiaen Year: French Connections.” Conference events include two concerts:
  1. Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm UA music faculty Noel Engebretson, Faythe Freese, Carlton McCreery, Osiris Molina, Peter Rovit, Charles Snead, and the University Singers under the direction of John Ratledge will perform works by Messiaen(Quartet for the End of Time), Hakim(World Premiere), and Vierne.

  1. Saturday, January 26, 4:30 pm Daniel Roth, titular organist at St. Sulpice, Paris, France will perform works by Nivers, Clérambault, Boëly, Widor, Tournemire, Messiaen, Grunenwald, Roth and Falcinelli. Mr. Roth will close with an improvisation on a submitted theme.

Concert Cost: Conference participants and students free with ID, $12 Adults, $7 Seniors

Conference workshops on Saturday, January 26, 9 am-4:30 pm, feature a forum on worship planning, seminars on handbells, the French Psalter, children's choirs, organ, improvisation, choral conducting masterclasses and a choral reading session. Guest masterclass artists and clinicians include: Daniel Roth, Susan Berg, Stephen Cary, Kenneth Fields, Faythe Freese, John Ratledge, Jenny Mann, Shelly Meggison, Michael Morgan, Diane Schultz, and David VanderMeer. Cost is $80 if registered by noon on Friday, January 18, 2008. Registration at the door is $90. For further information please contact Dr. Faythe Freese, 348-3329,

For further information on Olivier Messiaen:

Information on "Quartet for the End of Time":

Further information on Naji Hakim:

Further information on Daniel Roth:

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