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20th annual W.Va. School of Gospel Music to be held next week

The 20th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled for Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 at Fisher Memorial Church, north of Sissonville.

Designed for all ages, the School of Gospel Music offers a camp day session for children, older youths and adults, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Night sessions, for older youths and adults, will be offered daily from 7 to 9 p.m.

WVSGM Director Sue Boggess said classroom instruction will include theory, sight reading, ear training, voice techniques, conducting and syllable shape-note (Do-Re-Mi) training and singing.

Interactive theory instruction will be stressed in the children’s classes, using Music in Motion games and materials, Boggess said.

Children through fourth grade who attend the school will receive free piano and/or singing lessons. They also will sing or play during the student recital at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, along with students taking private piano, voice or guitar lessons.

Theory classes will be offered for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.

The weeklong school will also include vocal ensembles for children and older youths, along with an orchestra ensemble. These ensembles will also perform during the July 21 recital and the closing program at 6:30 p.m. July 21 in which the School Mass Choir sings. Children in fourth grade and above will sing in the choir.

The School of Gospel Music will have instruction for those wishing to lead a choir. Choirs can learn 12 to 15 new songs.

Private lessons in piano (beginner to advanced improvising), voice, guitar, conducting, group choir and solo or group performance training will be a part of the school, as well.

Boggess will be one of the instructors, as well as Seth Gregory, Nashville; Jason Vaughan, Pell City, Alabama; Andrew Leaptrot, Wheeling; Kylee Casto, Kenna; Christi Miller, Hurricane; Amy Landers, Eleanor; and Joyce Good-Pitchford, Sissonville.

The tuition cost is $35 for day-only or day-night session, which includes a $5, nonrefundable registration fee; lunch; songbook; and supplies.

Private lessons cost $10 for a 30-minute session. A nonrefundable, $5 fee will be charged if the enrollee does not attend the school but takes only private lessons.

Applications for the 2017 West Virginia School of Gospel Music can be picked up at Tolley’s Bible Bookstore on Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston.

Applications, as well as appointments for private lessons and more information, are available by calling Sue Boggess at 304-988-3534.

Fisher Memorial Church is located 18 miles north of Charleston, a half-mile on Dudden Fork Road, off the Goldtown exit of Interstate 77.


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