Heather Sorenson entered the church music industry in her twenties, and her name quickly became a welcomed fixture in the publishing world. Heather is hired by the largest and most respected publishers in the world, and her pieces remain at the top of bestseller lists and Editor’s Choice selections.
Diversity is the characteristic that makes Heather somewhat of an anomaly in the industry. She easily maneuvers both the traditional and contemporary genres of Christian music, often combining the two for a unique blend that has become her artistic fingerprint. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, Heather is now known for her compositions in choral anthems, solo piano collections, and orchestrations. Her works are performed regularly at competitions, concerts, recitals, and churches worldwide.
Although her career is sometimes on a big stage, Heather’s heart is leading the church in worship, and she feels that her greatest calling is using her music to connect people with God. Heather makes her home in the Dallas, Texas area with her beloved (and very vocal) beagle, Lucy.
Congregational Accompaniment Issues
Not sure what to add into your congregational accompaniment? Do you feel like you play every verse of every song the exact same way? How in the world do I modulate THAT key from HERE? This session offers practical techniques that help us maneuver the Sunday madness.
Breakout Session #1, Friday, 3:00 p.m – 4:15 p.m., Room 133
Playing Well with Others
Many music ministries are transitioning. How does this affect the pianist? What new tools do we need to serve in this changing dynamic? This session will discuss our changing role in ministry, as well as how to read chord charts.
Breakout Session #2, Friday, 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Room 133
This Saturday-only event will include great choral leaders at each session, including Heather Sorenson, Aaron Rice, Mike Harland, and Jon Duncan. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and the retreat will end by 4:45 p.m. This is a chance for choir members to learn new music and have fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. Register through the GO Georgia site and enter the code “CHOIR” to get the special rate of $25, which includes a packet of music and lunch. You can register multiple people with the same credit card. The registration does NOT include the entire GO Georgia event, however anyone can register and pay the full amount to attend both Friday and Saturday.
Breakout Session #3, Saturday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Music Suite
Accompany Like a Pro
Whether you are an experienced pianist or “just filling in,” you will find real-life, usable tips for taking your accompanying to the next level.
Breakout Session #4, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Room 133