MPA Bell Choir playing at MPA Chruch

Mount Pisgah Academy is proud to host the annual Carolina Conference Music Festival. During this special event, approximately two hundred young musicians from schools across the Carolinas will culminate in a two-day music festival, ending with a special concert of choral, band, strings, and handbell music.  The festival will be held March 2-3, 2023, with the concert on Friday evening.
Professional guest clinicians from various locations around the United States have been invited to lead the students in grades 5-12 in each of the 4 disciplines.


  • The cost is $35.00 for each participating student. 

  • You may register 2 free sponsors for 1-20 students and 1 additional free sponsor for every 10 more students (21-30, etc.). 

  • It is $15 for all other sponsors and non-participating children.

  • The charges above per person will cover all meals and lodging during the festival.

  • Lunch and Supper on Saturday, as well as Brunch on Sunday, are $5 per person.

  • Lodging on Saturday night is also $5 per person.

  • If you are coming early or staying later you will need to make arrangements

Student playing band intrument
MPA Choir singing at the MPA Church


  • Bedding

  • Air mattress or foam pad

  • Pillow

  • Toiletries

  • Instruments (band, bells, strings)

  • Casual clothes & shoes

  • Performance clothes & shoes (black pants or skirt, white shirt or blouse)


Thursday, March 2

9:00                      Registration (Library)
9:30                      Welcome & Worship
10:00-11:50        Rehearsals
11:50-12:30        Lunch
12:30-1:00          Recreation in the gym
1:00-5:00             Rehearsals & Activity
5:20-6:00             Supper
6:30-7:30             Recreation
7:30-9:00             Movie in Auditorium    

Friday, March 3
8:00                     Breakfast
9:00                     Worship
9:30-11:50          Rehearsals

10:00-11:00        Sponsor Debriefing
11:50-12:30        Lunch
12:30-5:00          Rehearsals, Gym Set Up
5:00-5:30            Supper
6:30                     Final Performance

Student playing Strings intrument


Band Clinician | Steven Green
Choir Clinician | Candace A. Myers-Nesmith



Steven Green has a passion for music. He started piano lessons at the age of five and received a B.A. of Music from Brevard College in 2014. Over the course of his life, God has opened doors for him to share his talents and passion for music with others. He had the pleasure to teach the elementary and high school bands at Fletcher Academy for seven years. Since that time he has invested in teaching children private piano lessons. Currently he is the band director at Asheville Pisgah Christian School. He teaches 3rd and 4th grade band, as well as 5th - 8th grade advanced band. Music has shaped his life, given direction, and has been a blessing that he can give to others.

Swahili Folk Hymn - arr. Kevin Mixon

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African Marching Song - arr. John O'Reilly

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Amazing Grace -  arr. Jack Bullock

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Swahili Folk Hymn - Ryan Nowlin

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Candace A. Myers-Nesmith is the choral director at Georgia-Cumberland Academy. She has been teaching at GCA since 1996. Her teaching responsibilities have included Camerata Singers, Chamber Singers, GCA Chorale, French, voice and piano lessons. Her performance organizations have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Mrs. Nesmith has also served as a clinician and guest conductor in Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, and Tennessee. In addition, Camerata, the touring choir GCA periodically undertakes major tours out of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Past tours have included Canada, Colorado, Europe, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington D.C.,
Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and most recently the Bahamas. The mission of Camerata is share the love of Jesus through music wherever God leads.


Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) - Arr. Joel Raney

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Sisi Kushangilia (We Will Be Glad) - Victor C. Johnson

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This I Know - Cindy Berry

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Train Up a Child - P. Choplin

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Prior to coming to GCA, she serves the choral and instrumental director at Mile High Academy in Denver, Colorado. She served as the Director of Music at the Calhoun First Presbyterian Church in Calhoun, Georgia for 15 years (1999 – 2014). She has been Mrs. Nesmith holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is happily married to Doug Nesmith of Nebraska who is the Boy’s Dean at GCA. They are blessed with five children: Christiana, Danyelle, Alexander, Angelina, and Calvin.

Handbell Clinician | Shawn Betchley
Strings Clinician | Tim Browning



Shawn Betchley has been combining a love of music ministry and teaching since her early teens when she served as both a church pianist and Kindergarten Sabbath School teacher. Since that time, she has taught in various elementary and early childhood settings, beginning piano, handbells and handchimes, and is currently the handbell director for the Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church. From 2013 - 2019, she directed the Fletcher Academy Handbell Choirs, Exaltation and Redemption, and in 2018 served as the handbell clinician for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Middle School Music Festival. Mrs. Betchley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists and an MAEd from the University of Phoenix.

I'm Just a Poor, Wayfaring Stranger - T. Waldrop

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Crown Him with Many Crowns - C. Moklebust

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Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)
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I Know That My Redeemer Lives - K. McChesney

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Tim Browning is the director of strings at Fletcher Academy and Captain Gilmer Christian School.  He came up through the prestigious programs of the Houston Boychoir and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. His college-level training includes both instrumental and choral ensemble directing as well as private instruction in violin, viola, piano, and voice, all in a wide rage of styles and genres. His performing experience includes playing in the Kennedy Center, soloing accompanied by the Marine Corps Band, national anthems at Astros & Rockets games, as well as singing with the Houston Symphony Chorus and its smaller touring group. In addition to his private studio and school groups, Tim is the music director at Fletcher SDA church and Nativity Lutheran Church in Arden.

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Vivaldi Rustic

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There's A Wideness

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