UCCMA Church Music Workshop in Atlanta, GA on Sat, Aug 25, 2018

You’re invited to a daylong event for music directors, choir members, instrumentalists, ministers, worship committee members, seminary and college students to improve skills, find inspiration and network with colleagues.

  • August 25, 2018
  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306

Registration fees:

  • General (early through Aug 1) – $75.00
  • General – $90.00
  • UCCMA members (early through Aug 1) – $65.00
  • UCCMA members – $80.00

Registration includes all sessions and lunch. Open to all denominations.
Four workshop sessions will be led by stellar faculty from up and down the East Coast.

For more details and registration, visit the UCCMA website: https://uccma.wildapricot.org/event-2867694

Jodi Hitzhusen of Boston, MA will demonstrate World Music and creative instrumental accompaniments. Jodi is a classically-trained soprano and pianist, commissioned composer, worship leader and inspiring teacher whose music has taken her around the world. She currently serves as the music director for First Worship, an inter-generational, participatory service at the Wellesley Village Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Jodi specializes in implementing songs and responses from a variety of musical styles and re-energizing traditional music.

Elizabeth Kluegel-Niblock of Arlington, VA will review vocal techniques for choir singers that will help preserve vocal health and enhance singing. As a soprano, she performs frequently in opera, concert and recital settings around the U.S. Elizabeth’s passion and focus on the developing adolescent/teen singer and the aging voice is central to both her choral conducting and her teaching. She enjoys working with singers ranging in age from 12 to 70+.  She is the director of music at Rock Spring Congregational UCC church in Arlington.

Dr. Norma Raybon of Atlanta, GA will address rehearsal skills for choir directors. She has a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Iowa and has served on the faculties of Spelman College, University of South Florida and State University of New York. She is the director of the chancel and bell choirs of the First Congregational Church of Atlanta and is well-known throughout Georgia as a choral conductor.

Randy Elkins, Director of Music at Virginia-Highland Church, will share creative worship planning concepts. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in organ performance and church music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In addition to his position at Virginia-Highland Church, Randy is chapel organist for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He performs extensively as an organist and teaches piano, guitar, organ, woodwinds and voice.

Rev. Matt Laney, Senior Pastor of Virginia Highland Church, will preach at the closing worship service. He previously served churches in Vermont, Michigan and Connecticut. He is a regular contributor to the UCC’s Daily Devotional and sits on their editorial board. He is also the author of the new faith-based fantasy series, Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince, the first in a trilogy.


  • 8:30 a.m.  Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. World Music and Creative Instrumental Accompaniments (Jodi Hitzhusen)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Vocal Techniques for Choir Singers (Elizabeth Kluegel-Niblock)
  • Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Rehearsal Skills for Choir Directors (Dr. Norma Raybon)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Creative Worship Planning (Randy Elkins)
  • 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.  Worship (Randy Elkins and Rev. Matt Laney)
  • 5:00 p.m.  Good-bye!