Instrumental Convergence: Orchestral worship music conference slated March 22

Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 23:54 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Though many churches seem to be trending toward smaller praise bands instead of full orchestras and choirs, worship leaders in East Texas will be holding a conference for people interested in playing orchestral worship music.

“It gives musicians a chance to glorify God with their instruments,” said Tony Garrett, event organizer and music minister at Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler.

The event, Instrumental Convergence, is in their third year and will be held March 22.

The event features donated music that is either new worship songs or new arrangements of older hymns. It’s especially for smaller churches that don’t usually have many music opportunities, Garrett said.

The event will also feature well-known church musician, Camp Kirkland.

“He is recognized as the pioneer in establishing instrumental music as a viable medium in the life of the church music program,” reads the news release. “In 1971, he began the instrumental music program at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1976, he joined the staff full time as Instrumental Director, the first position of its kind in the nation.

In addition to being a highly skilled and recognized educator, clinician and spokesman, Kirkland has enjoyed a brilliant career as an arranger and orchestrator. He has more than 1,000 publications in his catalog and is an important contributor to the leading publishers of church music today.”