Top 5 Summer Music Conferences 2021 – Online or In Person


Summer is the perfect time to refresh and rejuvenate while you prepare for the fall. And what better way to do that than in the company of your colleagues (whether in person or virtually) along with top-notch clinicians?

Some of the benefits of attending a music conference:

  • Jump-start your music program for the fall and get your school or church year programmed efficiently.
  • Feel the sense of community and camaraderie that develops when you interact with fellow musicians.
  • Discover new materials with handpicked music in convenient digital reading booklets.
  • Receive tips, pointers, and inspiration from experienced and accomplished clinicians.
  • Connect with the people who write and arrange the music you use in your programs.

Here are five events that we’re very excited about participating in. They can all be attended virtually, and some have in-person components as well. Read through and see which ones work for your needs and your schedule, and make plans to join us this summer.

New Sounds
August 4–6, 2021
Where: Online and Bismarck, North Dakota
What: Elementary music and classroom resources, middle school and high school choral music, and music for concert band and jazz band
Who: Joan Eckroth-Riley, Cristi Cary Miller, Victor Johnson, Heather Sorenson, Brian Balmages, and Brian Lydeen

Registration allows you to access videos and digital booklets for 60 days following the event, plus you’ll receive a certificate of attendance for professional development use. For an additional fee, you’ll be able to earn graduate credit.
More information and registration.

JJ & Me Live! The John Jacobson Music Experience Summer Workshop
July 12–13, 2021
Where: Online and Fort Worth, Texas
What: Materials for elementary and middle school choirs and general music
Who: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Emily Crocker, Rollo Dilworth, Jonathan Palant, Andy Beck, Cristi Cary Miller, and Mac Huff

Get inspired and invigorated for the upcoming school year with general sessions and breakouts. You will receive a professional development certificate for in-person or virtual attendance, and recordings of the workshop will be available shortly after the event to those who register.
More information and registration.

Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference
June 20–25, 2021 and June 27–July 2, 2021
Where: Online (June 27–July 2 only) and Montreat, North Carolina
What: an intergenerational conference for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, pianists, guitarists, percussionists, ringers, worship leaders, choir members – anyone who takes part in worship and church music
Who: Tom Trenney, G. Phillip Shoultz III, Michael Joy, Elizabeth L. Wilson, Nathan Crabtree, Mark Britt, Lauren Wright-Pittman, and more

One of the new highlights at this year’s event is a multigenerational hymn festival choir led by Tom Trenney. You’ll also be able to participate in collaborative worship planning for congregations of all sizes and attend sessions covering conducting, copyright law, the use of Kodály in children’s choir rehearsals, and biblical practices for faithful living.
More information and registration.

Alleluia Conference
July 20-22, 2021
Where: Online
What: Music and resources for worship leaders, music ministers, children’s choir leaders, and keyboard ministers
Who: Joseph Martin, André Thomas, Molly Ijames, Victor Johnson, Lloyd Larson, Sandy Knudson, and more

This one-of-a-kind enrichment event features 12 reading sessions, 10 breakout sessions, and more than 40 workshops, lectures, and discussions. Come together with superb clinicians who will reenergize and inspire each member of your music leadership team.
More information and registration.

Tuning @ Tahoe
July 30–31, 2021
Where: Online
What: Traditional church choral materials for all denominations and church sizes
Who: Brandon Boyd, Matthew Curtis, Dan Forrest, Elaine Hagenberg, Mark Hayes, Allan Petker, Heather Sorenson, Tom Trenney, and more

Join us online for seminars, classes, and workshops focusing on conducting skills, vocal pedagogy, worship design, and rehearsal techniques. You’ll be spiritually and musically reinvigorated while selecting new music for the entire year!
More information and registration.

This summer, make the most of your precious time – get fresh perspectives and discover some new favorite pieces while spending time with other music educators and church musicians.

Be sure to let us know in the comments if you’ll be attending a summer music conference. Visit our events page to see what else we have coming up, and if you have questions, feel free to email We hope to see you soon!

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