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Conservatories ignite corps music programs

Delegates take new skills back to their local corps

Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division teaches students that music is ministry

The Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Divisional Music Conservatory started off the summer with great excitement and anticipation. A new conservatory building was completed in spring 2006, and this summer was the first year delegates were able to use the new facility.

The conservatory, under the direction of Sergeant Kim Cundiff, hosted 14 beginner delegates and 27 advanced delegates during the camping season. Delegates participated in theory, recorder class, brass bands and chorus along with electives of guitar, piano, drama/mime, voice, hand bells and other forms of ministry. In addition to their music classes, delegates enjoyed Bible classes and night meetings that helped them enjoy fellowship with other delegates.

Guest instructors for the music conservatory were Captain Bill Mockabee, Major Darrell Kingsbury, Patrick Connelly, Captain Theresa Riggs, Captain Todd Brewer, Phil Laeger, Bernie Dake, Dr. Richard Holz, Robert Snelson, Jill Snelson and Jude Gotrich.

Delegates were able to minister to campers who were at Girl Guard camp, Adventure Corps camp, Sunbeam camp, Alabama Community camp as well as the corps families in Greenwood, Miss., and Jackson, Miss. The conservatory graduation was held on July 16 at the Jackson, Miss., Corps with the divisional secretary for music, Major Michael McDonald, officiating in the ceremony.

Throughout the summer, delegates received knowledge and training that helped them develop their musical talents. "The transformation from individual delegates to a group focused on how their talents can be valuable forms of ministry was amazing to see," Cundiff said.

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Brass beginners go beyond the basics in Florida with new staff and new schedule

The Florida Division's 2006 summer programs graduated to the next level under the leadership of B/M Stephen Burn, divisional music director, and B/M Ron Smith - assistant divisional music director. Everyone who attended the conservatory programs had to play a horn and received a private lesson every day. This has given the division's brass musicians a new impetus for the future. Many of the young people came with no experience but left being able to play from the tune book.

Senior and Junior conservatories were attended by 72 of Florida's finest youth. A new schedule and new staff were added to assist campers in their musical and spiritual growth. Kas Sipe, the special guest for Senior Conservatory, was involved in every facet of the program. The hard work paid off. While at Camp Keystone, campers performed for people of the Clay County and Ocala Corps. They were also given the opportunity to let their hair down at the Disney MGM Studios and Magic Kingdom.

The Florida Division took 30 musicians to TMI, where they explored their God-given talents in a beautiful setting. The division is particularly proud of Adam Hudson and Kori Hensell who won the Territorial Commanders Scholarships.

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Arkansas-Oklahoma Division takes homework seriously

The 2006 Arkansas-Oklahoma Conservatory of Music focused much attention on leadership development. While staff strived to continue a long-standing focus on personal musical growth in each of the students, personalizing each student's course of study to maximize their conservatory experience through band, choir, Bible study, private lessons, theory and elective tracks, a unique class was developed to help students take what they learned and apply it at the corps level.

This class, called Corps Cell Groups, allowed each corps represented at the conservatory to meet as a corps once a day to develop mock music programs that can be done at the corps level. Each group was coached by staff members, but was led by the students themselves as they discussed the needs of their corps and how they can take on leadership responsibilities when they return home. The students began to recognize qualities of leadership within themselves.

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Georgia commemorates 20 years of service at the Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory

The Georgia Division's Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory celebrated a monumental 20 years of service this summer. Through this program, students have been making new friends, developing their talents, and coming closer to Christ since 1986.

This year there was a young delegation for senior conservatory, with an enrollment of 32 students, but their age did not hold them back from achieving great heights. The Kimball Band performed at the welcome service for the new divisional leaders, Majors William and Debra Mockabee, and the Kellner Band, which included four beginners and achieved a level 3 AIES piece for graduation. There were 43 others who attended Junior Conservatory.

Ministry through music and gospel arts was brought to the forefront with help from divisional guests Captain Douglas McClure, Captain David Swyers and Major Leisa Hall. The many styles of worship were accompanied traditionally by brass band and chorus, as well as through various electives brought to life each week by the students.

The Griffin, Marietta and Lakewood Corps witnessed new avenues of worship, including dance, drama, praise and worship, timbrels, hand bells, percussion ensemble and puppets. The 2006 Lyman C. Kimball Conservatory was a great success, not because of the exceptional musical achievement, but because the students went home with a mission to enhance the worship of their corps.

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Maryland-West Virginia leads students to recommit

There were 57 in attendance at the Maryland-West Virginia Division Conservatory this summer. Twenty-nine of those delegates attended conservatory for the very first time. The many beginner instrumentalists progressed rapidly in their time at the conservatory.

Electives were offered in guitar, timbrels, drama and dance. All delegates received a private lesson each day and participated in chorus and theory classes.

Senior Conservatory participated in camp worship services, where many of the delegates recommitted their lives to God. Delegates visited the following corps to perform: Frederick, Md., (Sunday service and outdoor concert); Grafton, W. Va., (morning service); MWV candidates' farewell service in Clarksburg, W. Va.

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Carolinas Music and Arts Conservatory exposes delegates to many art forms

Pool parties, boat rides, Pig pick'n (a Carolina barbeque) and a trip to Carowinds theme park were just a few activities enjoyed by North-South Carolina students who attended the Carolinas Music and Arts Conservatory this year.

The annual conservatory offers three different majors: instrumental, vocal and drama. As well as receiving instruction in their area of concentration, students also have classes in the other majors so that they're exposed to a variety of music and art forms. Dedication and commitment to practice helps students improve their craft.

The conservatory also conducted the Sunday services in Gastonia, N.C., on July 9. The praise band led worship, the CMA band accompanied the congregation, the chorus provided special music and the drama group contributed Scripture presentations. A small band ensemble provided musical entertainment for residents of the Catherine Booth Gardens across the street.

At the CMA Conservatory, students were given musical and artistic instruction, opportunities to worship and venues for performance. They had fun and enjoyed learning at the same time.

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Kentucky-Tennessee Division pays homage to Major Street

Kentucky-Tennessee's music conservatory was an opportunity for the 23 delegates to expand their musical knowledge and to understand the role of music in leading others in worship. Special guests - which included Majors Ronnie and Sharon Raymer, Robert and Jill Snelson and Bandmaster Ken Chapman and his wife Jesse - led the delegates in musical training, Bible studies and evening programs. The delegates were encouraged to see their role as one of service to the body of Christ and to understand the importance of their ministry to others.

The program was run by Captain Jon-Phil Winter with Mr. Dan Bowles leading music instruction. Under their leadership, the delegates visited a local church where they led the service and then enjoyed a covered dish lunch. Fun was also in big supply with trips to Kentucky Kingdom and Nashville Shores and evening programs that left the delegates covered in ice cream, syrup, flour and eggs and saw many conquer their fears by eating bugs and bobbing for pickles in minnow-infested waters.

Graduation was an opportunity for the delegates to display to family and corps members how much they had progressed in their musical training. The graduation also served as an opportunity to dedicate the music conservatory program to Major Otis Street, whose influence on the music program in the division continues to be felt and is greatly remembered. The music conservatory will now be known as The Major Otis Street Music Conservatory.

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National Capital and Virginia Division brings innovation and master instruction to TMI

For the second year running, NCV's music conservatory had a full house of assorted young musicians from the complete beginner to the accomplished soloist. Every delegate participated each day in one of three bands, women's chorus, men's chorus, full chorus, Bible study and music theory.

Conservatory students also chose one special elective class to experience different ways of worshipping. Each year Christina Anderson (divisional gospel arts director) has ensured that new gospel arts classes and opportunities are presented. Conservatory 2006 added a popular Stomp (percussion) class in addition to Sign & Mime.

Another innovation was the introduction of afternoon master classes for the various instruments of the band by guest Bandmaster Jamie Hood from Basle, Switzerland.

Awards were presented to Kevin Downing and Rebekah Schramm (Divisional Commander's Scholarship), Tyler Chambless and Chelsea Newsome (alternates) and C.J. Carlson (honor delegate). Band awards were given to Rachel Newby, ShaQuerria Hobbs and C.J. Carlson. Chorus awards went to Julinda Davis and Dan Winters.

Other award recipients were Gabrielle Villafuerte (Scripture memorization); Kevin Downing, Rebekah Schramm, Ann Li and Raven Davidson (theory class awards) and Kevin Downing also won the soloist award. Elective awards were presented to Ashley Seager (Sing Solo), Tobyas Smith (Stomp), Kevin Downing (Keyboard), Michael Good (Sign & Mime), ShaQuerria Hobbs (Timbrels), Emily Philips (Drama) and Gabrielle Villafuerte (Dance).

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Texas Conservatory adds piano instruction to lineup, students rejoice in more ways than one

The 2006 Texas Music Conservatory exceeded all expectations with 147 in attendance. The Junior Conservatory attracted record numbers with 76 young people. The seven-day conservatory focused on teaching the concepts of music theory and playing brass instruments in addition to presenting a children's musical called "Splash Kingdom." Its message, the certainty of salvation, was woven into the week's expression of love for God through music and arts.

Seventy-one delegates attended the four-week Senior Conservatory: 48 came to study brass instruments, 15 pursued drama and eight enrolled in the piano track. Through auditions, brass track participants were placed in the Steadman-Allen Band, the Leidzen Band or the Heaton Band.

The drama track studied dance, mime, puppetry and acting. Under the leadership of Roberta Osmond, the group of 15 young people performed during Sunday visits and presented a choreodrama, titled "Stand Alone," at the graduation of the conservatory.

New to the Texas Conservatory this year was the addition of a full-time piano track. These students studied piano with B/M Jesse Fry for two hours a day instead of brass or drama. The eight students represented seven different corps. Although some of them were new to the piano, by the end of the four-week intensive course, they were playing songs in the primary chords in three different keys.

Conservatory electives included piano, dance, drama, newsletter, art, praise and worship team, percussion, timbrels and brass. Conservatory guests Bernie Dake (THQ) and B/M Jason Burn (Sierra Del Mar Division) added greatly to the conservatory experience for the young people.

As the students developed their musical skills at the Mabee Conservatory, they also were taught about applying the same disciplines in diligent pursuit of the Lord.



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