Organist Workshops at CTSFW

Instructor Emily German leads a class on basic-level organ playing.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—Registration has opened for the Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Organist Workshops at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW). These annual summer workshops help organists (and pianists) of all skill levels improve their service playing. The deadline for registration is June 10, 2019. Participants choose from the following workshops, according to their preferred instrument and skill level:

Basic Level Organists and Service Playing for Pianists
June 17–21
Skill Level: Students should be able to read and play both treble and bass clefs simultaneously, though it is expected that students have to practice new music slowly before becoming comfortable with it, have little experience in leading congregational singing, lack confidence in counting, and rarely play the pedals.
Courses: Students will learn how the organ works, how to choose appropriate registrations, how to play the pedals with both feet, and how to lead hymn and liturgy singing through effective playing. Pianists will learn the same concepts on the piano.
Cost: $275, which includes five lunches and four dinners (breakfast available for purchase each morning for $6). On-campus housing is available for an additional $100 (four nights) or $125 (five nights).
Register: www.ctsfw.edu/musicworkshops

Intermediate & Advanced Level Organists
June 24–28
Skill Level: Intermediate and advanced students should be able to play adequately the first time through a new piece (or sight read easily), have some experience and a fair amount of confidence in playing (though intermediate students may occasionally feel uncomfortable), understand rhythm even if you occasionally have some trouble playing correctly consistently, and can play the pedals either with just the left or with both feet.
Courses: Workshop topics will include creative hymn introductions, making informed choices about organ repertoire, and strategies for leading challenging hymns. At this level, instruction is customized to the abilities of each student.
Cost: $275, which includes five lunches and four dinners (breakfast available for purchase each morning for $6). On-campus housing is available for an additional $100 (four nights) or $125 (five nights).
Register: www.ctsfw.edu/musicworkshops

Financial assistance is available for participants who are age 25 and younger and/or who are traveling 200 or more miles to Fort Wayne. The application form can be downloaded on the registration site. For any additional concerns or questions, email MusicWorkshops@ctsfw.edu or call (260) 452-2224.