Church Music Institute

2014 Theme: Let us thank the LORD for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children! (from Ps. 107)
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To register your child to sing in a demonstration choir click here.

A unique workshop experience.
June 15-20, 2014 and June 22-27, 2014


Shenandoah University's Church Music Institute (CMI) will take place June 15 - 27, 2014 on the campus of Shenandoah University. Our goal is to equip church music leaders by providing valuable resources, hands on experience, and one-on-one training.


During CMI, church music leaders can earn credits toward a degree or certificate (either graduate or undergraduate), explore a wide variety of music types and worship resources, receive personal attention from clinicians made possible by the small setting, and learn from nationally known church music leaders. The primary emphasis for 2014 is children’s choirs; however, participants will also learn to successfully lead adult volunteer choirs, plan worship, ring handbells, and play service music and hymns. We look forward to having you, and worshiping with you at this year’s Church Music Institute.

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For housing info & registration, please, click here.


About CMI: Equipping Church Music Leaders

  • Observe and learn from nationally-known church music leaders
  • Earn credit toward a degree or certificate or come just for the experience
  • Receive personal attention from clinicians made possible by the small setting
  • Practical, hand-on workshop for church and school musicians
  • Develop hymn-playing technique as well as other skills for service playing
  • Discover useful organ literature for the church musician
  • Gain practical knowledge and experience with handbells
  • Ecumenical programs
  • Great for musicians in local churches, schools, or after-school programs
  • Plan, prepare and lead daily worship services
  • Meet others who will help inspire you and expand your creativity
  • Explore a wide variety of music types and worship resources
  • Participate in daily choral rehearsals
  • Learn and work with worship trends in today's churches



Week 1 Sunday, June 15 – Friday, June 20, 2014
Karol Kinard Kimmell is the Director of Youth & Children’s Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA, directing seven singing and ringing choirs, PreKindergarten through Twelfth grade. Karol co-directs Lutheridge Music Week near Biltmore, NC, planning the week’s innovative worship and…

Week 2 Sunday, June 22 — Friday, June 27, 2014
Michael Wu serves as Director of Music at Faith United Methodist Church in Rockville, MD. He holds degrees in Organ Performance and Church Music from the Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University. He has completed all four levels of OAKE certification coursework at Westminster Choir College, and…

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Dr. Steven Cooksey is the Director of the Church Music Program at Shenandoah University where he also teaches Organ and Harpsichord. He has over 35 years of experience teaching college music and 50 years of experience in church music. Dr. Cooksey is the organist and choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Va. He shares a wealth of knowledge on hymnody, hymn playing, conducting, organ literature … Continue reading

Housing & Registration

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Housing & Registration

Housing & Registration for the SU Church Music Institute
The Winchester Wingate Hotel by Wyndham has offered housing options for the CMI participants. Please, use the link above to navigate for information regarding housing for CMI … Continue reading


To see a draft of the schedules for CMI 2014, please click on the links below. Schedules posted here are not final and are subject to revision.

Week 1 Schedule June 15-20, 2014

Week 2 Schedule June 22-27, 2014