Early Registration Extended - only $199 until August 18! (then $229 until event)
Change of Venue for Sound Connections
Sound Connections will take place at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center
Unity Village is unable to provide enough rooms for us this year due to another retreat which overlaps our Sound Connections event. Therefore we were required to find accommodations that would provide room for all of our attendees, hence our move to the Sheraton.
We hope that the Thursday afternoon and evening trip to Unity Village will fulfill the desire to have some time on grounds while also allowing our event to bless as many music directors that are desiring to attend.
Although many of the factors of this situation were not within our control, we know that the heart and soul of Sound Connections is you the attendees who will provide the life-changing experience regardless of the venue.
Rooms at the Sheraton will be specially-priced at $115 per night for two people. $140 a night for 3 (add a cot) or $165 per night for 4 people. Each room has a refrigerator, 24-hour room service.
There is free wi-fi in the lobby. Shuttles from the airport to Crown Center are only $18 each way or $31 round trip. Attendees receive a 10% discount on all food and beverage at the Sheraton and there are multiple food options at Crown Center so you can manage your food budget more easily.
Additional communal meal functions include a KC barbeque on Wednesday night and the Banquet at Unity Village Thursday night at a cost of $65. (Remember at Unity Village you were charged $48 per day for meals.)
Follow this link to register: https://www.regonline.com/soundconnections2013
Follow this link to reserve your room: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/UnityWorldwideMinistriesSoundConnections Special Sound Connections room rates are good through September 2.
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This Year's Keynotes...
Rev. Michael Gott - "A Prayer Twice Prayed"
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 keynote message is "A Prayer Twice Prayed." Music opens something in our minds and hearts that words just cannot touch. When we bring music to our words, however, something mystical and amazing takes place. The words are quickened. The thoughts become alive. When we truly begin to use the power of song, our ministries and our communities will become beacons of spiritual transformation in a world deeply in need.
Daniel Nahmod - 2013’s Grace Note Award Recipient
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. "Be Like Water: Finding Peace of Mind in Turbulent Times" is a two-hour keynote centered around the award-winning songs of his CD "Water." Daniel presents music and discussion, readings and provocative questions, originating from his 3-month sabbatical in the Red Rock country of southeastern Utah. It's a profoundly comforting new and different way of looking at life itself... and our place in it.
Be part of this year's Grace Note Award—help us honor Daniel. The Grace Note Award honors outstanding achievement in New Thought music. We are putting together the presentation for the ceremony, which will take place on the last night of Sound Connections.
As in year's past, we are opening up the presentation to include YOUR input, so please send us a brief 1-2 minute video clip of your words of praise, gratitude and love for Daniel.
Please submit videos only to ensure ease, expediency and flow when putting the final presentation together. Most of you have a smart phone or laptop with a camera (or you know someone who does), and we want to see your smiling faces as you give your kudos!
Please be sure to include your name, any church affiliation, city & state in which you live, as well as how Daniel's music has influenced and inspired you and/or your spiritual community over the years. Let's get creative and show Daniel how much we appreciate his phenomenal, healing, uplifting music! We need all video clips sent in to Jennifer Ferren by September 1, 2013.
You can send your video clip multiple ways: via Dropbox.com or YouSendIt.com to email@example.com, save as a .mov file on a CDR and send to 186 Fay Drive, Kennesaw GA 30144, or text directly via smartphone to 770-289-1132. Thank you in advance for your collective energy as we honor one of New Thought music's most influential artists!
Don't miss these other GREAT presenters at this year's Sound Connections...
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
Dr Judy Blackwelder is a Minister of Music at Unity of Music City in Nashville, Tenn., for over 14 years. She also serves as pianist, arranger, conductor and songwriter, composing music of all styles that thematically compliments the weekly and special services. She holds a PhD in Music Education and has taught in Tennessee public schools for over 35 years. Unity congregations in more than 20 states sing her music. She has two books of published choral and ensemble music.
Mark Stanton Welch, veteran New Thought performer, a sound healer and a vibrational alchemist joins the Sound Connections 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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