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CAROLINA CONFERENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2024

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 choir, band, strings, and handbell music.  The festival will be held February 29 - March 1, 2024, 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.

COST

  • 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

WHAT TO BRING

  • 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)

SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 29

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 1
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

CLINICIANS & MUSIC

Band Clinician | Steven Green

BAND & STRINGS CLINICIAN - STEVEN GREEN

BAND MUSIC

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.

Wondrous - Brant Karrick

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Psalm 42- Sam Hazo

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Swahili Folk Hymn - arr. Kevin Mixon

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Toccata and Chorale- James Curnow

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HANDBELL CLINICIAN - KATHERINE BOWES

CHOIR MUSIC

I Will Joyfully Sing - Mary McDonald

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When You Believe - Stephen Schwartz

/arr. John Leavitt

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Hosanna, Hosanna!

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Down to the River to Pray - Ken Medema/

arr. Mary McDonald

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Katherine was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has an extensive background in music and music performance that began at age five when she first appeared on television. In university, Katherine had the privilege of performing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of composer John Rutter. Television appearances include The Quiet Hour, Hope Channel, It Is Written Television (Canada), and 3ABN.

 

Katherine is a performer, composer, and Christian recording artist. She has taught music for over 25 years, operating her own private music studio in addition to teaching music in both elementary and high schools. She has directed orchestra, handbells, and choirs of all ages, composed children’s musicals, and written over 100 pieces for choir, band, orchestra, string ensemble, handbells, piano, violin, and cello. Katherine started the string orchestra at Bass Memorial Academy while she worked as music director there from 2015-2021. She currently serves as Director of Human Resources for the Gulf States Conference. She has four rescue cats and in her spare time enjoys painting and traveling.

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CHOIR CLINICIAN - LIVIA LIGA

HANDBELL MUSIC

Livia Liga is the type of person whose nobility of soul is best expressed through music. She was born in the country of Romania, but is living in the United States with her family for the
last 25 years. 


Mrs. Liga graduated from "Carmen Sylva" Art Academy in Ploiești, Romania, has a Bachelor in Music Pedagogy from the Conservatory at Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania, and has a Master degree in Violin Performance from Andrews University. She was part of different music groups as a vocalist or as an instrumentalist, including a cappella group “Trio Celest”, Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, Campina Orchestra, Piatra Neamt Orchestra and more.


In the last 20 years, Mrs. Liga has diversified her passion for music by actively participating in multiple projects in the field of choral, instrumental, and pedagogical activity. She was concertmaster of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, traveled on various
tours with the “Trio Celest” group and the “Heralds of Hope” choir, collaborated with multiple schools and universities, recorded several albums, is the co-conductor of the “Heralds of Hope” choir, guest conductor for music camps in the US and abroad, and contributed in various capacities to multiple music festivals.


Mrs. Liga is passionate about working with children and young people and enjoys helping them discover the secrets of music, experience teamwork (choir, string orchestra, bell choir, recorder band), and share their musical talents with others. Since 2017 Mrs. Liga has been teaching music and coordinating the Music Department of the Tri-City Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina.


In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, hiking, crocheting, coloring, and traveling to new places.

Ring! Ring Those Bells - Katherine Szamko- Bowes

Keep Your Lamps - arr. Benjamin A. Tucker

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Ten Soundings - Derek K. Hakes

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Celebration Fanfare - Ron Mallory

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You Are My All in All/ In My Life, Lord, Be Glorified - Dennis L. Jernigan/Bob Kilpatrick
arr. by Katherine Szamko-Bowes

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