In Life - Debriefed

Well, another Composer Symposium is in the record books. And this year provided continued evidence that we must be doing something right – because the level of the music presentations was higher than ever before. I offer kudos to every registrant who chose to present.  It’s a brave thing to do.  And I offer congratulations to those of you who took home faculty recognitions  and publisher awards.  It gets harder every year for the faculty to decide who receives these acknowledgments, as the quality of the competition improves continually.

Rest assured, as always, it was a motley crew in attendance.  If you don’t believe me, just check out the photo!

My thanks to Joe Martin, who cooked up this conference in his fevered brain some thirteen years ago. It is only with his uncontainable energy that such an event could survive, let alone thrive, this many years.

He couldn’t pull it off, however, without the help of Dawn Young and Michael Smith, who make sure we are all where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be there, and with all the microphones working.

And with the closing of long-time partner, Pine Lake Music, the Symposium is indebted to Pastor James Ward and Antioch-Lithonia Missionary Baptist Church for their gracious hosting of the event, now for the second year.

It didn’t hurt us to have Joel Raney, David Schwoebel, Brad Nix, and Stephen Bock join us on the faculty this summer. They brought their wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to the week’s sessions, to the benefit of all.

So – for those of you interested in composing for the church, whether it be choral music, instrumental music, contemporary or traditional music, I hope you will consider joining us at one of the Composer Symposiums in the near future.

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  • Nancy Middlemas

    Robert, in all seriousness…seriously, your 4 sessions were the finest you have ever given and that’s saying something,,no.. A GOOD something. You raise the bar every year. The 2 sessions on rhyme were an extraordinary overview of possibilities. The poetic devices was devious in its HUGE compact coverage. Gracious! It’s hard enough to get life arranged, and here you cover real-world part writing practices arranged on one page, well maybe two. And finally you lay out a roadmap for the
    Creative Christian Life that took years of ripped parchment to produce and give each of us a new copy hot off the quill. Thank You. Blessings on your next career. 64 is YOUNG!
    Nancy Middlemas

    • Robert Sterling

      Nancy – you are so kind to say all that. I am really glad to know what I offered at the Symposium this year was helpful. My next career will actually be the rest of this career. I’ll keep doing this writing thing until nobody will let me do it any more.

  • Becky Hogan

    It was truly a mountaintop experience!!! Thank you for always going above and beyond to help us nurture our gifts. You are AMAZING!!!

    • Robert Sterling

      Thanks, Becky! I appreciate your kind comments. the Symposium is always a fun week for me.

  • Darcy Stanley

    Thank you for taking time to help us hone our skills in composition and lyric writing! I just bought 5 of your symphonic orchestrations and can’t wait to begin working on them with my orchestra in September!

    • Robert Sterling

      You’re welcome. And thank you for the purchase. Please give my best to your orchestra.

    • Robert Sterling

      You’re welcome. And thank you for your support!

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