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 8th, 2023, 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!
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
Through July 16, 2023:
Beginning July 17, 2023:
SONGFEST GUEST TICKETS
No Ticket(s) Required
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
TUESDAY – AUGUST 8TH, 2023
A Choral Festival for Choir Members & Directors
WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 9TH, 2023
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 July 4th, 2023. Reservations made after July 4th, 2023 will be booked on a space-available basis)
OUR 2023 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.
Don Besig currently directs the adult choir at Perinton Presbyterian in Fairport, NY. For over 30 years, he taught public school music at all levels in western New York. His concert choral groups and show choirs earned fine reputations for their performances at clinics, contests and community events. Recognizing a need for choral music written especially for student singers and volunteer church choirs, Don began composing for his own groups. Over 400 of his original choral compositions and arrangements have been released by Shawnee Press and other leading publishers of school and church music. More than 20 million copies of his works have been sold, and he has received several ASCAPLUS Awards. His enthusiasm for working with singers of all ages has led to numerous invitations to serve as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted festivals and workshops in 40 states and Canada. A graduate of Ithaca College, Besig is a member of ACDA, MENC, NYSSMA, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha. In 1980, Don began collaborating with lyricist Nancy Price. The insight they have gained through their combined years of directing choirs has led the Price/Besig team to create some of the most appealing original compositions and arrangements available in today's market.
Nancy Price holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education from Ithaca College and, for several years, was a high school choral director. She is actively involved in the music program at Perinton Presbyterian Church in Fairport, New York and frequently performs as a soloist and guest conductor. Nancy has been writing with her former teacher, Don Besig, since 1980 and together they have collaborated on more than 300 compositions for school and church choirs. She is a member of MENC, NYSSMA, Sigma Alpha Iota, and ASCAP and is the recipient of several ASCAP special awards. Nancy brings her years of teaching and conducting experience to her sessions and is being increasingly sought after as a clinician.
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 8TH, 2023
12:00pm — 1:00pm
1:00pm — 4:30pm
4:30pm — 6:30pm
Dinner on Your Own
AUGUST 9TH, 2023
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