One of the best aspects of Music & Worship Arts Week is that even if you attend year after year, there’s still something unique to take home with you.
Take Ashley Danyew, for instance. She’s a church musician, music educator, writer, and creative entrepreneur in upstate New York who has attended Music & Worship Arts Week for nearly 10 years. She’s also been an accompanist for reading sessions and choral ensembles as well as a seminar leader.
But despite her familiarity with the event, every year she comes back with a new takeaway.
“Music Week holds a special place in my heart,” Ashley wrote on her blog shortly after Music & Worship Arts Week 2014. “The air is fresh, sweet with the smell of roses. We’ve had fried chicken, collards, buttermilk cake (with chocolate frosting), and several tall glasses of sweet tea and my southern accent is already starting to come back.”
Over the years, Ashley says her highlights of the event have ranged from learning about hymn harmonization in a seminar with Dean McIntyre, to observing Mark Miller in rehearsal, learning a few new handbell techniques, meeting new people and catching up with good friends … even huddling under an umbrella on the deck in the evenings during summer rain storms.
Oh, and don’t forget those sunsets.
It’s “a week of music, inspiration, good company, good food, and a little R&R,” Ashley wrote .