Get hands on instruction from world class worship leaders, Mike Speck & Cliff Duren. This is your choir’s chance to sing with celebrity performer, David Phelps and special guest Cana’s Voice, on national television. 3 night 4 day event also includes tickets to Dollywood. For adult choirs and churches. Visit TourSmokies.com for updated information.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
5:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Meet & Greet – Clinicians
8:00 pm Concert – The Isaacs
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:30 am Session1 – Mike Speck
9:30 am Session 2 – The Isaacs
10:30 am Session 3 – Cliff Duren
12:00 pm Lunch – Comedian
1:00 pm Free time at Dollywood
Thursday, June 4, 2020
9:00 am Doors Open
10:00 am Session 4 – Mike Speck & Cliff Duren
11:00 am Rehearsals
1:00 pm Free Time
6:00 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Public Concert, Live Taping of Show David Phelps & Band, Cana’s Voice, The Isaacs, Special Guests, combined choirs
Why attend the Smoky Mountain Spring Choral Event?
There are three things the Smoky Mountains are known for: great food, great fun, and great music. As a performer, musician, or choir member there is no better place to go and experience worship through music than the Smoky Mountain Spring Choral Event. At this event choirs from all over the country will join together to receive training from some of today’s most established and renowned vocal artists and performers. Choirs will have the opportunity to perform together and showcase their abilities as well as grow together through vocal part sessions and industry guided training in choral performance, vocal performance, and worship. This event will give your choir an opportunity to join together and team build as a group as well as be encouraged individually and by fellow choir members from around the country. Trained experts from the music industry will share their expertise and your choir members will learn new songs and strategies that will enable your choir to lead your church in a more meaningful worship experience when you return home. To top off an amazing time of training and fellowship, the event would not be complete without a concert led by these industry greats and accompanied by the attending choirs. Your choir does not want to miss the Smoky Mountain Spring Choral Event; it is sure to become a yearly tradition for your choir members.
DAY 1 – Arrival – Meet and Greet – The Isaacs in concert
Upon arrival in Pigeon Forge you check into your comfortable first-class hotel. Then you are off to First Baptist Church in Sevierville to meet the choir clinicians for the next two days, Mike Speck and Cliff Duren.
Mike Speck is a Gospel musician and ordained minister from Lebanon, Tennessee. Speck tours with a Gospel music trio called the Mike Speck Trio along with his wife, Faye, and daughter Melody VanNus,. Speck has performed as a guest artist in ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Bailey Smith, Freddie Gage, and David Ring. Speck served as minister of music from 2000 to 2001 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was also the choir director for the Southern Baptist Convention in 1988. Speck served as Minister of Worship at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail in North Carolina before leaving in 2016. Speck and his wife also arrange music for church choirs, publishing their work through Lillenas Music. Nine of their choral collections have been nominated for Dove Awards. Speck’s most recent collaboration with recording artist/pianist Stan Whitmire, Everlasting Praise 4, was nominated and won the 2014 Dove Award for Best Choral Collection.
Cliff Duren currently serves as the Senior Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church Woodstock. Originally from Georgia, Cliff graduated from Shorter University in Rome, GA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and from Lee University in Cleveland, TN with a Masters Degree in Church Music. He has served as Minister of Music and Worship at The Church at Station Hill as the Associate Worship Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church. Prior to moving to TN in 2012, he served as the Staff Arranger and Contemporary Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA for six years. Cliff also arranges, orchestrates, and produces music resources for various church music publishers and Christian artists. He is a 2-time Dove Award winner.
The evening will end with a special concert by The Isaacs. The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago based out of Hendersonville, TN. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.
DAY 2 Sessions – Dollywood Free Time
The morning will be filled with three sessions conducted by our celebrity clinicians and musical guests. You will receive instruction and coaching that will enable you to become a better singer and member of your choir.
After lunch, you will enjoy the rest of the day at Dollywood Theme Park. Considered one of the world’s premier theme parks, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood features rip-roaring rides, delectable fare, and stellar entertainment—all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. From live artists performing country, southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music, to master craftsmen showcasing glass blowing and blacksmithing, Dollywood is brimming with the rich heritage and artistry of the Smokies.
For groups that still have time and energy, there are plenty of shows and attractions to experience in Pigeon Forge, not to mention numerous restaurants.
DAY 3 – Rehearsal – Free Time – Concert
Day three begins with one more session followed by rehearsal in preparation for the concert that night. Choirs will have free time in the afternoon to explore the Smokies, relax by the pool, or do some shopping at Tanger Outlet Mall or at local shops.
The evening will culminate with a concert featuring performances by the combined choirs of The Isaacs, Cana’s Voice, David Phelps, and special guests. Cana’s Voice is comprised of Ernie Haas & Signature Sound’s Doug Anderson, Avalon’s Jody McBrayer, and The Greenes’ Taranda Greene. For more than 15 years, David Phelps served as a member of the popular and prestigious Gaither Vocal Band, and during that time received numerous Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, and multiple platinum-selling recording projects. As a solo artist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD, O Holy Night to add to his many awards and honors. David’s 2012 live concert DVD, David Phelps: Classic, debuted on Billboards’ Music Video Chart at #1 and since its release has received acclaim from throughout both Gospel and secular music genres. The recording has been featured on numerous television networks, including the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). In 2015, David released the recording, Freedom. The Freedom companion DVD also debuted at #1 on Billboards’ Music Video Chart. Most recently, in April of 2017, The Best of David Phelps: from the Homecoming Series, peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Music Video Sales Chart.
DAY 4 – Departure
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does the registration fee cover?
All conference events including The Isaacs concert , Cliff Duren, Mike Speck, Cana’s Voice and David Phelps finale concert, and a one day ticket to Dollywood.
How do I register?
Call 1-877-687-7622 or go online to register at SingSmokies.com.
When will I get my registration confirmation?
Within a week for a group and immediately if booked online.
When, Where, How- Event Registration?
Check in at the First Baptist Church in Sevierville.
What are the host hotels of the conference?
Country Cascades Waterpark Resort, The Resort at Governors Crossing, Creekstone Inn, and many others.
Where should I park?
There will be ample parking at First Baptist Sevierville.
Are the venues wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please notify us if you require special seating accommodation.
What options are available for dining?
See the SingSmokies.com for information on the meals.
Will this event be televised?
Yes. The event will be filmed and edited by Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Is there a Facebook page?
First Baptist Church Sevierville
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