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“Composium” 2010 from the Rear View Mirror

Last week I once again had the pleasure of being a guest clinician at Joe Martin’s Composer Symposium at Pine Lake Music (affectionately known as the “Composium”). This was my third (or fourth?) year to participate, and I had a wonderful time. I hope I earned my keep.

Make no mistake: I worked plenty hard. Every day shared a similar structure – hit the ground running at 8 in the morning, teach and comment on music for twelve non-stop hours, crash at the hotel, repeat. As Atlanta disappeared in my rear-view mirror late Thursday, I was truly exhausted. But it felt great to have been a part of the week, guiding new choral music writers and songwriters along their own unique pathways.

If you are a church music composer or lyricist, interested in getting better at your skills, and hoping to be published, I recommend you check out the seminar. (Go to and find the link.)

And my thanks to Joe Martin and Scott Revo for including me – and to Dawn Johnson for getting all the details squared away.

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