Youth Choir JAM

November  22-23, 2019

Welcome

Youth Choir JAM is an ecumenical youth choir festival covering a broad range of styles in sacred choral literature. This music is rehearsed in home churches prior to the event. No matter the size of choir, participation is sure to give your program a boost. Under the direction of nationally recognized choral directors known for their skills in working with youth, participants rehearse from late Friday afternoon through the concert on Saturday afternoon.

 

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Mark Miller - Clinician


Mark Miller believes that everyone is a Child of God and that music is intrumental in healing the world.  He also adheres to Cornel West’s belief that “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

Since 2006 he has been a Lecturer in Sacred Music at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School.  Mark is Associate Professor of Church Music, Director of Chapel, and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison NJ, and is the Minister of Music of Christ Church (UCC & Am Baptist) in Summit, New Jersey.   Mark believes that music, social justice, and the beloved community are inextricably tied.  His hymns and anthems are sung by communities of faith throughout the country and are published by Choristers Guild, Hal Leonard, Hinshaw, Abingdon Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and others. His songbook “Roll Down Justice! Sacred Songs & Social Justice”, was published in 2014 by Choristers Guild. His album, “Imagine the People of God”, is available on itunes. In 2017 he was appointed to serve on the Hymnal Revision Committee of the United Methodist Church. Miller spends a portion of the year traveling the country, often with his band S2C (Subject to Change), leading worship and workshops, preaching and presenting concerts focused on creating community and advocating for social justice. Over the past three years he has visited a hundred venues in over twenty states.  Overseas he has led choirs and performed in Sweden, South Africa, Austria, Russia, and the Baltic states.
Mark is a graduate of Julliard (M.Mus. in Organ Performance) and Yale University (B.A. Music) and was Assistant Organist and Music Associate at The Riverside Church from 1999-2001 and Director of Contemporary Worship at Marble Collegiate Church from 2002-2007, both in the city of New York.

When he’s not working, Mark is home in Plainfield NJ with his husband of 24 years, Michael Murden, their two wonderful teenage children, Alyse and Keith, and Oscar the cat. There you can find him cooking meals, taking out the garbage, playing Frisbee, reading books, watching movies, and dreaming about getting back to the Vineyard.


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