Sound Connections 2013, September 16–20, at Unity Village, Mo.
Rev. Michael Gott
An amazing voice and an amazing minister. Formerly Music Director at Center for Spiritual Living in Reno, Nev., Michael now serves with Howard Caesar as Associate Minister of Unity in Houston, Tex. Michael’s music and message will inspire and uplift you.
2013’s Grace Note Award Recipient – Daniel Nahmod
Daniel has taken the New Thought message to literally millions of people around the world through his music. It crosses all religious, social and cultural boundaries, and is sung in practically every Unity and New Thought church and center in the world. Daniel is also known for leading inspiring retreats and workshops.
“Richard I want to thank you for the perfect introduction to Unity Village and all the New Thought Music. I had a mountain top experience at Sound Connections that I certainly was not expecting! I had two intentions while there..... to bring back new music for my congregation and music for my choir to share their love! I found both! So- I think of you and all the facilitators every day and I don't want to loose the great light that shone through that week...... Thanks and have an incredible year, I hope to see you next year! “ David Craig
Plan now to attend New Thought’s Premier Music Conference by including it in next year’s music budget.
David Roth has presented at 6 of our 8 Sound Connections and continues to be one of the most requested presenters. David will host our Silent Spirit Sharing and offer workshops on guitar technique, songwriting, and a conference favorite, “Writing a Song of Love” – a group co-writing session to create a song for a sick child. www.davidrothmusic.com
Michael Allen Harrison is back! This internationally known Steinway signature artist, returns to bless our group with piano labs and a workshop on composition. Trained as a classical pianist, Michael believes classical music has the ability to tell a story like no other genre. Michael has an amazing 50 CDs to his credit. www.michaelallenharrison.com
Mark Stanton Welch, veteran New Thought performer, a sound healer and a vibrational alchemist joins the Sound Connectins staff of presenters with a workshop on integrating chant and mantra into your music program. For over 25 years his creations have touched and inspired the hearts, minds, and spirits of New Thought audiences worldwide. Mark will also lead the morning meditaion/chanting sessions. www.musicforeverysoul.com
Your Music Ministry Team . . .
|Richard Mekdeci – Unity Worldwide Ministries Liaison|
Richard has served on the music ministry team since its inception in 1996. After 5 years and over 70 retreats, providing music and special programs for Unity Village Retreats, he now works at the Unity Worldwide Ministries home office producing the Sound Connections e-newsletter, Sound Connections Music Conference, and new songbooks and resources for music ministries in the field.
Sue has chaired the Ministry Team for 8 years, amassing a substantial body of music for our ministries through the Songs from a World Awakening songbook series. Sue has been the music director at Unity Church of Clearwater, Fla., for more than 20 years. She is Vice President of EmPower Music & Arts, and an instructor at the Summer Songs songwriting camps. Sue is also an award winning songwriter, and sought-after performer and songwriting coach.
Melinda is a singer, choral director, actress and songwriter working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She received much of her formal classical training in Germany and Spain where she performed primarily opera, and now sings professionally in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, rock, country, musical theater and pop. With almost 25 years experience in music ministry, she has grown a choir from 8 voices to over 70, and understands the challenges of every size choir. She is currently music director at Harmony Fellowship in Fort Worth, Tex.
Blair has been senior minister for 24 years at Christ Church Unity in San Diego, Calif. He is an author, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His passion is helping people feel connected to God.
Megon McDonough has been a celebrated performer, singer/songwriter, recording artist and actor for over 30 years! She has recorded 12 solo CD's and is included on 9 compilation CD's. She is a licensed Practitioner at The Bodhi Center and loves creativity coaching, and helping heal our inner artist. Megon currently serves as Music Director for Unity Northwest in the Chicago area.
David is a composer, arranger, conductor and webmaster. After a career as a high school, college and community orchestra director, primarily serving African-American communities in South Carolina, he retired in 2006. In 2007 he founded Heart Wind Music, which offers online distribution of New Thought sheet music and audio. Also in 2007, he joined the Music Ministry Team. In 2012, Unity Worldwide Ministries selected Heart Wind Music to host its Online Choral Library. David has been a church music director since 1983, and is now at Unity of Columbia, S.C.
Todd is the music director at Unity Spiritual Center, Albuquerque, N.M., and former copyright attorney for Hal Leonard Music Publishing.
Rev Sheryl MeyersSheryl is a ordained Unity minister with a Master of Divinity from Unity Institute. She currently serves as the senior minister at Unity of the Heartland in Olathe, Kans. She also served as the music coordinator and choir director of New World Unity Church in Springfield, Va., for two years. Sheryl has traveled to several Unity churches throughout the country to facilitate the spiritual discernment process participating in Life’s Unfolding with church board members, lay leaders and entire congregations who have used this process to reach clarity on their individual and community direction.
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