MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Music in the Mountains is a long-running gathering of church musicians that takes place in a new location - St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. For over thirty years, Music in the Mountains has celebrated the best in church music through concerts, music reading sessions, and access to resources especially designed to encourage music ministry!
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Leading sacred composers and clinicians present new music and share inspirational insights during an all-day Wednesday reading session.
- At an additional cost, an optional Tuesday afternoon choir workshop is also offered to conference participants and area church and community choir members. A concert featuring this festival choir and special guest artists is offered the evening of Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, free to the public; though tickets are required.
- A wide variety of musical styles and difficulty levels will be presented giving choir directors a first look at new publications from leading publishers.
- The group singing is a one-of-a-kind experience as participants join their voices in song. The echoes of this uplifting event will create memories to be treasured for years to come.
BE PART OF MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Come and join with other joyful singers and instrumentalists in this amazing event of ministry, artistry and industry!
Music in the Mountains is presented by Martin Creative Services in partnership with Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, J.W. Pepper, and Fred Bock Music Group.
Easily register through our portal & we will send you an invoice payable by check or credit card!
* Your registration now also includes an optional SongFest Zoom Rehearsal with Joseph M. Martin *
DATE AND TIME
Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 at 7:00pm EST
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Through July 16, 2022:
Beginning July 17, 2022:
SONGFEST GUEST TICKETS
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
TUESDAY – AUGUST 2ND, 2022
A Choral Festival for Choir Members & Directors
WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 3RD, 2022
Music in the Mountains
Sacred Choral Reading Sessions
Hampton Inn Stroudsburg
CONFERENCE RATE INFO
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Guests may make reservations by clicking the 'RESERVE ONLINE' button listed to the left.
Guests may also make reservations by calling the Hampton Inn Stroudsburg hotel directly at (570) 424 - 0400.
Reservations must be received by 7/4/2022, thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space available basis only.
OUR 2022 TEAM
Joseph M. Martin
Joseph M. Martin a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company’s sacred publications and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. With over 2000 publications in print, his music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. In addition, his works have been performed in cathedrals throughout Europe. This is Joseph’s 31st year of hosting Music in the Mountains.
Krista Montgomery has been involved with managing Music in the Mountains since the early 1990s. For nearly 20 years, she was Director of Sales and Marketing for Shawnee Press. Also, she serves as a consultant handling marketing for some Martin Creative Services events and projects. Since 2010, Krista has managed Joseph M. Martin’s Journeys with Joe tours as well as tours for many university, school, community, and church choirs. During her time in the travel business, Krista has managed and traveled with Joseph Martin's tours to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, England, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Hawaii, Washington DC and New England.
Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published works include over 300 anthems for church and school choir with 23 church cantatas and two books of piano arrangements. Over 100 groups have commissioned him to write original works for them. An original hymn, "Come to the Water" appears in the hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world. Choplin has conducted concerts of his music at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, mass performances of his cantatas at Meymandi Auditorium (home to the NC Symphony) in Raleigh, NC: he conducted Handel’s Messiah (Christmas portion) with the 165-voice Cary Community Choir with orchestra. He also visits many churches and conferences to conduct and to entertain. Beyond his choral music, Choplin has produced two humorous CDs and an inspirational recording. In his solo concerts, he moves audiences with his powerful ballads and his hilarious humor.
Stacey Nordmeyer began her career in music publishing as a choral editor for Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press. She recently has found her voice as composer and arranger, with a number of anthems published in both catalogs. She has been active in church music for over 30 years, having served as music director, worship leader, and accompanist at various churches throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She currently directs the praise bands and an adult hand bell choir at Unity Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and music theory from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and she is a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.
Stephen Roddy is the Founder & Director of the Houston Children’s Chorus. An accomplished pianist, organist and conductor, He has conducted state honor choir festivals across the country. Stephen has choral compositions published by Fred Bock Music Company Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard. Prior to the founding of the Houston Children’s Chorus in 1989, he served as organist/music associate at First Baptist Church of Houston, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church, and Tallowood Baptist Church. He served as Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston for 10 years and recently as the Director of Traditional Music and Fine Arts at Chapelwood United Methodist. Stephen is a native of Dayton, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee and is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Foundation for the Arts and on the Advisory Board for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Houston Masterworks Chorus.
DETAILED DAILY SCHEDULE
AUGUST 2ND 2022
12:00pm — 1:00pm
1:00pm — 4:30pm
4:30pm — 6:30pm
Dinner on Your Own
AUGUST 3RD 2022
Music in the Mountains
7:30am — 8:30am
8:30am — 9:30am
Choral Reading Session 1
9:30am — 10:30am
Choral Reading Session 2
10:30am — 11:30am
Choral Reading Session 3
11:30am — 1:00pm
Lunch on Your Own in Downtown Stroudsburg, PA
1:00pm — 1:45pm
Choral Reading Session 4
1:45pm — 2:30pm
Choral Reading Session 5
2:30pm — 3:45pm
Choral Reading Session 6