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Harmonizing & improvisation ($30)

Learning how to sing harmony is within your reach. Learn how to teach others harmony as well. We’ll teach basic harmony structures and how to grow your own ability to find the ‘perfect’ harmony for you and for your group. In addition we’ll discuss how to create and use improvisation techniques effectively.

Clinician: sheri Gould

Sheri is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has taught voice privately for nearly 40 years. She has been a worship leader and music director in various local churches since 1986. She was the Director of Good News Productions, an evangelistic outreach involving singing, drama, dance, and original musicals for 13 years. She writes for Worship Musician! magazine and tours the world with her husband, teaching and equipping the body of Christ for music ministry at conferences such as: National Worship Leader, Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, Camp Electric, Experience Conference, Worship Institute, WorshipLife, WorshipGod, and many more. A home-schooling mom since 1985, she and her husband Doug reside in New Jersey where she just finished home-schooling the last of their eight children.

GetTING the Most from Your Rehearsal ($30)

In this intensive, you'll gain some battle-tested strategies that will help you run more effective and productive rehearsals. We'll discuss how to equip your worship team - vocalists, band members, and technicians - with the tools they need to come to rehearsal ready to hit the ground running. We’ll also offer strategies on how to have an efficient Sunday morning run-thru. We'll include discussion on creating a thorough worship packet in advance, distributing information effectively, and equipping your entire team so they can give the Lord their very best. This pre-conference intensive is valuable for every member of your team!

Clinician: David Harsh

David is a Christian artist who is committed to glorifying God with message-driven musical creativity. Originally trained classically as a vocalist, David studied acoustic guitar internationally and now writes original songs about his faith in Christ. He has been touring around the U.S. since 2004 as a performer, worship leader, and clinician. He has won regional and national competitions for his guitar playing and songwriting. He incorporates a variety of innovative techniques in his performances and has also become proficient on the hammered dulcimer. David loves to lead worship, and currently serves as the Director of Worship at Marysville Community Church in Marysville, WA, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Learn more about David’s ministry at davidharsh.com.

Songwriter's toolkit ($30)

The songwriting and feedback panel is back! This intensive is for writers who want to craft better songs and hear how to improve the ones already written. We'll start off with the 5 necessary ingredients for any song and all styles, explore a case-study of “concept to release” of a recent release. Then, we'll jump right into a listening/feedback panel of YOUR music. We'll spend as much time as we can on as many songs as we can, so come prepared to have your song shared with the room AND hear unfiltered (but polite) feedback from industry professionals. Led by award-winning Nashville CCM recording artist, songwriter, and producer Jozi Bently and worship leader and producer Dave Beatty, you'll be sure to learn something new about songwriting as well as how to add new life to your existing music. VERY IMPORTANT: If you want your song reviewed in the class, YOU NEED TO SUBMIT IT PRIOR TO WORSHIP NORTHWEST!!  Please send an audio file of your song with a lyric sheet to: submitmysong@worshipnorthwest.com NO LATER THAN TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19th. We will not take any late submissions out of consideration to all participants. Must be present to have music reviewed.


Clinician: michael bahn & jason squires ($30)

Michael is a worship artist serving as Pastor of Worship and Administration at River Valley Church (RVC) in Grants Pass, Oregon. Michael is married to his high school sweetheart, Jannelle, and they have three children: Michael-Austin, Adriana and Alesia. Besides ministry at RVC, Michael travels nationally and internationally to encourage, equip and shepherd through worship leading and teaching at conferences, retreats and worship services. Michael is also passionate about songwriting, recording multiple CD’s of his original music, and has partnered with New York based record label, Sprig Music, as home base for his songwriting, recording and U.S. based traveling ministries. Michael is super excited about his latest album, Clean, which was released on January 18, 2019. 

Jason is a worship leader and songwriter. He travels nationally, leading worship for church services, camps, and retreats. He also teaches at conferences around the country. Most recently, he has taught at National Worship Leader Conference, Worship Northwest, and Christian Musician Summit. He has released 7 records. He just released a new CD called The Sound of Your Name. Jason is a World Vision Artist, advocating for the kids around the world that live in the poorest of the poor areas. He became a World Vision Artist in 2006 and since then has seen over 1,700 kids sponsored while traveling. Jason has opened for artists such as Big Daddy Weave, The Museum, Jaci Velasquez, Meredith Andrews, and Laura Story. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife of 10 years, Kacee, and his three daughters, Hannah, Madeline, and Olivia. Follow Jason’s ministry at jsmusic.net.

why does my church sound so bad? ($30)

This 2-hour intensive will focus on the importance of setting up your board and system to make it user- friendly for both volunteers and staff that will be running the board. Ron will share his “secrets of success” to using both classic and current technology as tools that you drive, not ones that drive you. Ultimately, we are trying to make things easier and better for the sound person. But what can happen with all the technology is that things get overthought, overused and out of control. Learn how to initially set up (or re-set up) your board, what features to use and what features NOT to use and why, practical applications of EQ, compression, FX and mic placement. This is for the veteran and novice alike. This pre-conference intensive will also offer Q and A time for specific questions on how reach your goals of simplicity and excellence.


Clinician: Doug gould | worshipMD

Doug is CEO and Founder of Worship MD (Market Development) a company that teaches volunteers how to make the best use of audio and music technology. Over the last 13 years he has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America. Audio-Technica, Presonus, Aviom, OnSong, Williams Sound, and Alclair, are companies that support his mission. He can be reached at doug@worshipmd.com. You can also find him at facebook.com/officialworshipmd.