Singing True, Strong and Free
- Daily classes in choral leadership, and organ/piano accompaniment and leadership. Organ and choral classes are streamed to serve both basic and intermediate/advanced levels.
- Daily chapel services led by the SICM Chaplain and students
- Church music retail store and choral-reading Sessions by Music Plus (Kitchener, Ontario)
- SICM 40th Anniversary Reunion Banquet featuring The Mrs.
Bouck Show by Mary Lou Fallis and Christopher Dawes, opening choral rehearsal led by Mark Sirett.
- Crucible Service: A special service offered by the SICM faculty in fellowship with SICM's students, stretching worship horizons and testing assumptions.
- Closing dinner and member's free-for-all at Trafalgar Castle School: On closing night, students share stories, songs, skits, work in progress and ideas (silly and supernal)
- Gala organ concert at St. George's Memorial Anglican Church in Oshawa by Maxine Thévenot followed by a complimentary reception.
- Community Choral Concert at St. Mark's United Church, performed by SICM organ/choral students and community choristers, conducted by
Mark Sirett and accompanied by Maxine Thévenot, followed by a reception.
- The Great SICM Hymn Challenge: A hymn-playing masterclass session for all who accompany congregations with keyboard instruments, under the guidance of SICM faculty and using the SICM students as congregation.
Daily Schedule (Mon-Thu)
- 7:30-8:30 breakfast
- 8:30-9:00 Chapel Service (extends until 9:50, Wed, Thu)
- 9:00-9:50 Morning Special Session (Mon, Tue)
- 10:00-12:15 Morning Sessions (Organ, Choir, etc.)
- 12:30-13:40 lunch
- 13:45-15:30 Afternoon Sessions (Organ, Choir, etc.)
- 15:30-16:00 break
- 16:00-17:20 Afternoon session (Music Plus Choral Readings on Mon, Wed)
- 17:30-18:50 dinner
- 19:00-19:50 Evening Special Session
- 20:00-21:30 Evening Session (Sun, Mon, Tue rehearsals, Wed Choral Concert, Thu Organ Concert)
- OPENING REUNION BANQUET and Mary Lou Fallis
in the Mrs. Bouck Show
Celebrate 40 years of SICM with an opening banquet on Sunday July
5th at 6:00pm. Soprano and Comedienne, Mary Lou Fallis, and SICM Director, Christopher Dawes, present The Mrs. Bouck Show in
tribute to the late Choral Director, Church Musician and SICM Hostess,
Admission is complimentary to registrants for the Institute's 40th
annual session, and a special single-ticket price is available for those
wishing to take part in this splendid evening only.
Donations will be received for the Kenneth Inkster Bursary Fund
- KEYNOTE: Singing True, Strong and Free / Christopher Dawes
40 years into SICM's ministry among the musicians and congregations
of our country, Canada's national anthem provides the inspiration for a
session celebrating our history, time and place — and yet also
reminding of the need to always make our music True to the Gospel,
Strong to Serve, and Free to Fly and Prosper.
- SPECIAL SESSION I: Singing True / Gordon Adnams
How do we, our Minster colleagues and our congregations, navigate
the murky waters of quality and truth of the texts of our hymns, songs
and anthems? Ecumenism grows in spirit, but theological clashes loom
that threaten congregations and denominations alike. What is our music
doing about it?
- SPECIAL SESSION II: Singing Strong / Elaine Broughton
Is your singing healthy: physiologically, mentally, spiritually?
How about your choir and congregation? In this morning warm-up session,
we offer strength to singing that is weak, and hope to equip musicians
and their congregations for a fuller, richer singing tradition all their
- SPECIAL SESSION III: Singing Free / Rev. Daniel Hansen, Fred Graham
What are the factors that limit your musical ministry? If you're
like most church musicians you face limited people, time and monetary
resources, and at least occasional personal and political conflict in
your efforts to serve God through your music, and help your congregation
to do the same. Come for some tips on breaking free.
- SPECIAL SESSION IV: Around the Worship World in Four
Instruments / Douglas Cowling / Andrew Donaldson
You understand the diversity in the world's worship music both in
concept and practice but has it ever occurred to you that it can be led
and accompanied by four basic instruments you probably have in your own
congregation (keyboard, guitar, melody/bass, percussion)? Join leading
performers and ministers in a session about finding and combining those
four instrument categories to do amazing things, and take another look
at what you and members of your community could be doing to colour,
enrich and energise your church's music, and be prepared to pick up an
instrument – perhaps a new one – yourself!