Save the Date!
You are invited to our First Annual West Lawn UMC Choir Retreat on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 9:00am until 3:30pm here at West Lawn UMC.
This day will prove to be a great one with fun, friendship, food, and music!
In the morning, Pastor Jeff Raffauf will provide devotions and prayer during our light breakfast that will help us center our hearts and minds on our task of delivering God’s message in music. He will send us on our way for a day (and a year) full of God’s music. Breakfast will be served in Hebrew’s Café.
Special guest clinicians (and husband and wife team) Mr. Mike Muzzo and Dr. Grace Muzzo will remind us how we personally live out God’s musical purpose through church choirs. Mike and Grace will give us the benefit of their enormous experience with church ensembles ranging from children through adults. In addition, they will help us develop and hone our vocal music skills in breathing, emotional expression, articulation, following the director, and interpreting the meaning of lyrics.
A full catered lunch will be served in the Hebrew’s Café
In the afternoon, we will begin a fresh new 2019/2020 choir year by previewing this years Christmas Cantata “And It Came to Pass” (Rouse/Aspinall) which will be held on December 8 this year with full orchestra, organ, Festival choir, Praise Team, and soloists! We will also have time to read through some of our fall pre-advent Sunday morning Adult Choir anthems.
This retreat is open to all adult church members that may have a desire to know more about our WLUMC choirs or are interested in singing with us in any of our ensembles. We will be sending invitations to all people who participated in the Adult Choir, the Festival Choir, the Summer Choir, or any other small vocal ensemble in the past year. All that are interested are invited. Please do invite those in the congregation that you know might be interested in singing in any of our choirs or have sung before, please invite them. Please RSVP to our the Adult Choir secretary, Mary Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office (610) 678-5611.
See Mike and Grace Muzzo’s biographies below in this email.
Mike Muzzo is currently the Minister of Worship and Music at The United Methodist Church of West Chester in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he coordinates the worship and music ministry programs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Master of Music Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Mike has over 33 years of full-time church music experience working with children, youth, adult, and handbell choirs. He has also served churches in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Roswell, Georgia.
Grace Muzzo, is the Director of Choral Activities at the York College of PA where she directs several choral ensembles and teaches classes in vocal pedagogy, conducting, and music education. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Gordon College, a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and holds of a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. She is a popular guest clinician and conductor.