ABOUT MUSIC IN THE VALLEY & SONGFEST

ABOUT MUSIC IN THE VALLEY & SONGFEST

MUSIC IN THE VALLEY

Music in the Valley is a long-running gathering of church musicians that takes place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  For over thirty years, Music in the Valley has celebrated the best in church music through concerts, music reading sessions, and access to resources especially designed to encourage music ministry!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

- Leading sacred composers and clinicians present new music and share inspirational insights during an all-day Saturday reading session.

- At an additional cost, an optional Friday afternoon choir workshop is also offered to conference participants and area church and community choir members. A concert featuring this festival choir and special guest artists is offered Friday evening, open and free to the public; though tickets are required.

- A wide variety of musical styles and difficulty levels will be presented giving choir directors a first look at new publications from leading publishers.

- The group singing is a one-of-a-kind experience as participants join their voices in song. The echoes of this uplifting event will create memories to be treasured for years to come.

BE A PART OF MUSIC IN THE VALLEY

Come and join with hundreds of joyful singers and instrumentalists in this amazing event of ministry, artistry and industry!
Music in the Valley is presented by Martin Creative Services in partnership with Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, J.W. Pepper, and Fred Bock Music Group.

Easily register through our portal & we will send you an invoice payable by check or credit card!

OUR 2023 TEAM

Joseph M. Martin - Host & Composer
Host | Composer

JOSEPH M. MARTIN

Joseph M. Martin a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company’s sacred publications and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. With over 2000 publications in print, his music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. In addition, his works have been performed in cathedrals throughout Europe. This is Joseph’s 30th year of hosting Music in the Valley.

Conference Manager
Conference Manager

KRISTA MONTGOMERY

Krista Montgomery has been involved with managing Music in the Valley since the early 1990s. For nearly 20 years, she was Director of Sales and Marketing for Shawnee Press. Also, she serves as a consultant handling marketing for some Martin Creative Services events and projects. Since 2010, Krista has managed Joseph M. Martin’s Journeys with Joe tours as well as tours for many university, school, community and church choirs. During her time in the travel business, Krista has managed and traveled with Joseph  M. Martin's tours to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, England, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Hawaii, Washington DC and New England.

Composer
Composer

ROBERT STERLING

Robert Sterling is a songwriter, arranger, and record producer. His songs have been recorded by a variety of Christian artists, notably including Point of Grace, Gold City and Sandi Patty. His tunes have worked their way to the top of the Christian pop, Southern Gospel, and inspirational radio charts. Among Robert's record producing credits are the certified gold albums, "Point of Grace," and "The Whole Truth," by Point of Grace, and the Grammy-nominated recording, "Love Will," by the Talleys. His extensive body of choral compositions and arrangements can be found in the catalogs of Word Music, Belwin Mills, Shawnee Press, and LifeWay Music. Robert is a five-time winner of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award. For five years he headed the songwriting faculty for the Academy of Gospel Music Arts. In 1997, Robert served as the chairman of the Coalition for the Protection of America's Gospel Music Heritage, lobbying and testifying before Congress on behalf of Christian songwriters. In addition to his work as a writer, arranger and orchestrator, Robert has also served as an adjunct professor of Music Publishing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. A 1977 cum laude graduate of Baylor University's School of Music, Robert currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Cindy. They have two sons, Matthew and Aaron. Matthew lives in New York City, New York, working as a film editor and comedy writer. Aaron is a studio drummer working in Los Angeles, California.
Guest Performer
Guest Performer

SCOT CAMERON

A native of North Carolina, Scot Cameron now resides in Pensacola, FL, and enjoys a musical career as a classical artist, conductor, vocal clinician, and church musician. Mr. Cameron has spent the past twenty-three years performing throughout the US and abroad, including Israel, Latvia, Spain, France, England, China, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore, and Ukraine. He has performed with Concert Royale at Princeton University, Hallelujah Oratorio Society in Singapore, Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Early Music Foundation of New York, Rochester Bach Festival, Houston Masterworks Chorus, Orpheus Chamber Chorale, New York Baroque Dance Company, the Orquestra Sinfonica y Coro de Radio Television Espanola en Madrid, Bach Sinfonia of Washington, and the Fort Worth Symphony. He is featured on the Dorian recording, Madrid 1752, “Sacred Music from the Chapel of Spain” and Alexander’s Feast by the Bach Sinfonia of Washington as well as many solo recordings. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with the Sacramento Choral Society and the New England Philharmonic. In addition to his classical career, Scot Cameron has served as a worship leader, Christian vocalist, and church clinician. Ministry highlights include Focus on the Family, Chuck Swindoll Ministries, Marketplace Ministries, Swann’s Place on Daystar Television, Texas Evangelism Conference, Christian Medical/Dental Society, National Religious Broadcasters Association, The Dino Show for Trinity Broadcasting Network, and countless churches across the United States.

Stacey Nordmeyer - Composer
Composer

STACEY NORDMEYER

Stacey Nordmeyer began her career in music publishing as a choral editor for Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press. She recently has found her voice as composer and arranger, with a number of anthems published in both catalogs. She has been active in church music for over 30 years, having served as music director, worship leader, and accompanist at various churches throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She currently directs the praise bands and an adult hand bell choir at Unity Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and music theory from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and she is a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.
Stephen Roddy - Accompanist
Accompanist

STEPHEN RODDY

Stephen Roddy is the Founder & Director of the Houston Children’s Chorus. An accomplished pianist, organist and conductor, He has conducted state honor choir festivals across the country. Stephen has choral compositions published by Fred Bock Music Company Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard. Prior to the founding of the Houston Children’s Chorus in 1989, he served as organist/music associate at First Baptist Church of Houston, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church, and Tallowood Baptist Church. He served as Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston for 10 years and recently as the Director of Traditional Music and Fine Arts at Chapelwood United Methodist. Stephen is a native of Dayton, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee and is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Foundation for the Arts and on the Advisory Board for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Houston Masterworks Chorus. This is his 30th year of accompanying at Music in the Valley.

OUR 2023 TEAM

Joseph M. Martin - Host & Composer
Host | Composer

JOSEPH M. MARTIN

Joseph M. Martin a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company’s sacred publications and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. With over 2000 publications in print, his music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. In addition, his works have been performed in cathedrals throughout Europe. This is Joseph’s 30th year of hosting Music in the Valley.

Conference Manager
Conference Manager

KRISTA MONTGOMERY

Krista Montgomery has been involved with managing Music in the Valley since the early 1990s. For nearly 20 years, she was Director of Sales and Marketing for Shawnee Press. Also, she serves as a consultant handling marketing for some Martin Creative Services events and projects. Since 2010, Krista has managed Joseph M. Martin’s Journeys with Joe tours as well as tours for many university, school, community and church choirs. During her time in the travel business, Krista has managed and traveled with Joseph  M. Martin's tours to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, England, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Hawaii, Washington DC and New England.

Composer
Composer

ROBERT STERLING

Robert Sterling is a songwriter, arranger, and record producer. His songs have been recorded by a variety of Christian artists, notably including Point of Grace, Gold City and Sandi Patty. His tunes have worked their way to the top of the Christian pop, Southern Gospel, and inspirational radio charts. Among Robert's record producing credits are the certified gold albums, "Point of Grace," and "The Whole Truth," by Point of Grace, and the Grammy-nominated recording, "Love Will," by the Talleys. His extensive body of choral compositions and arrangements can be found in the catalogs of Word Music, Belwin Mills, Shawnee Press, and LifeWay Music. Robert is a five-time winner of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award. For five years he headed the songwriting faculty for the Academy of Gospel Music Arts. In 1997, Robert served as the chairman of the Coalition for the Protection of America's Gospel Music Heritage, lobbying and testifying before Congress on behalf of Christian songwriters. In addition to his work as a writer, arranger and orchestrator, Robert has also served as an adjunct professor of Music Publishing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. A 1977 cum laude graduate of Baylor University's School of Music, Robert currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Cindy. They have two sons, Matthew and Aaron. Matthew lives in New York City, New York, working as a film editor and comedy writer. Aaron is a studio drummer working in Los Angeles, California.
Guest Performer
Guest Performer

SCOT CAMERON

A native of North Carolina, Scot Cameron now resides in Pensacola, FL, and enjoys a musical career as a classical artist, conductor, vocal clinician, and church musician. Mr. Cameron has spent the past twenty-three years performing throughout the US and abroad, including Israel, Latvia, Spain, France, England, China, Brazil, Taiwan, Singapore, and Ukraine. He has performed with Concert Royale at Princeton University, Hallelujah Oratorio Society in Singapore, Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, Early Music Foundation of New York, Rochester Bach Festival, Houston Masterworks Chorus, Orpheus Chamber Chorale, New York Baroque Dance Company, the Orquestra Sinfonica y Coro de Radio Television Espanola en Madrid, Bach Sinfonia of Washington, and the Fort Worth Symphony. He is featured on the Dorian recording, Madrid 1752, “Sacred Music from the Chapel of Spain” and Alexander’s Feast by the Bach Sinfonia of Washington as well as many solo recordings. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with the Sacramento Choral Society and the New England Philharmonic. In addition to his classical career, Scot Cameron has served as a worship leader, Christian vocalist, and church clinician. Ministry highlights include Focus on the Family, Chuck Swindoll Ministries, Marketplace Ministries, Swann’s Place on Daystar Television, Texas Evangelism Conference, Christian Medical/Dental Society, National Religious Broadcasters Association, The Dino Show for Trinity Broadcasting Network, and countless churches across the United States.

Stacey Nordmeyer - Composer
Composer

STACEY NORDMEYER

Stacey Nordmeyer began her career in music publishing as a choral editor for Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press. She recently has found her voice as composer and arranger, with a number of anthems published in both catalogs. She has been active in church music for over 30 years, having served as music director, worship leader, and accompanist at various churches throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She currently directs the praise bands and an adult hand bell choir at Unity Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and music theory from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and she is a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.
Stephen Roddy - Accompanist
Accompanist

STEPHEN RODDY

Stephen Roddy is the Founder & Director of the Houston Children’s Chorus. An accomplished pianist, organist and conductor, He has conducted state honor choir festivals across the country. Stephen has choral compositions published by Fred Bock Music Company Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard. Prior to the founding of the Houston Children’s Chorus in 1989, he served as organist/music associate at First Baptist Church of Houston, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church, and Tallowood Baptist Church. He served as Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston for 10 years and recently as the Director of Traditional Music and Fine Arts at Chapelwood United Methodist. Stephen is a native of Dayton, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee and is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Foundation for the Arts and on the Advisory Board for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Houston Masterworks Chorus. This is his 30th year of accompanying at Music in the Valley.

PRICING

SONGFEST

Friday, January 13th, 2023

A Choral Festival for Choir Members & Directors Featuring Scot Cameron

NEW ADDITIONAL REHEARSAL SPECIAL!

- $50 per Choir Participant -

* Your registration now also includes an optional SongFest Zoom Rehearsal with Joseph M. Martin *
- Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 at 7:00pm EST -

GUEST CONCERT TICKETS

- FREE for Guests -

GUEST TICKETS REQUIRED
* Tickets can be requested during registration. *

SONGFEST SCHEDULE

Friday, January 13th, 2023

12:00pm — 1:00pm
Registration


1:00pm — 4:30pm
Rehearsal


4:30pm — 6:30pm
Dinner on Your Own


7:00pm
Concert

MUSIC IN THE VALLEY

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Sacred Choral Reading Sessions

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION SPECIAL!

- $50 per Registrant -

Anyone who registers by December 15th, 2022 will receive this discounted rate!

STANDARD REGISTRATION

- $75 per Registrant -

After December 15th, 2022 will receive the standard ticket rate.

LUNCH

- $15 per Registrant -

Information on lunch selections will be communicated to you via email as the workshop date approaches.

MUSIC IN THE VALLEY SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

7:30am — 8:30am
Registration


8:30am — 9:30am
Choral Reading Session 1


9:30am — 10:30am
Choral Reading Session 2


10:30am — 11:30am
Choral Reading Session 3


11:30am — 12:45pm
Lunch & Browse Music Displays


12:45pm — 1:30pm
Choral Reading Session 4


1:30pm — 2:15pm
Choral Reading Session 5


2:15pm — 3:30pm
Choral Reading Session 6