Community and Professional Programs
A distinction of The Townsend-McAfee Institute is
our commitment to connecting church musicians to each other and with
students preparing for ministry service. Graduate students will benefit
from the following community and professional programs.
Celebrating Grace: Hymnal for Baptist Worship
release in 2010, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Baptists,
the Celebrating Grace Hymnal will embrace the Baptist heritage as a
practical and well-constructed church music resource for congregational
worship and ministry. The hymnal is a collaborative initiative of the
Townsend-McAfee Inistitute, Mercer University Press, and more than 50
leaders from teh United States and Canada representing Bpatist pastors,
church musicians, composers, shcolars, and laity.
YouthCUE/Mercer International Chorus
International, the Townsend-McAfee Institute, and Townsend School of
Music entered a partnership to create this international chorus.
Memebership in the choir is by audition. The choir meets in
residence at Mercer University each summer and conducts an extensive
international tour. As a part of the YouthCUE International
Leadership Initiative, this is more than just a choir: it is a
Church Music Camerata (CMC)
The Church Music Camerata is a consortium of 16
full-time church music leaders. They assist with curriculum
development, help establish mentor relationships between students and
professionals, and assist with the supervised ministry or internship
portion of the Master of Church Music degree. All fellows of the CMC
have earned masters degrees and are active in church music ministry.
The CMC members are primarily from the Southeastern United States.
Fellowship of Church Musicians (FCM)
The Fellowship of Church Musicians is specifically
designed to help connect church musicians of all faiths in Georgia.
Membership is open to any church music leader. The FCM's tasks are to
foster collegial relationships with church music leaders of all faith
traditions, create programs to help re-train church musicians in the
field, and discuss issues facing church musicians in Georgia.
Collegiate Sacred Music Project (CSMP)
The Collegiate Sacred Music Project is a consortium
of eight church music collegiate professors from the Southeastern
United States. Their tasks are to assist with curriculum development in
the church music area (primarily at the undergraduate level), produce
resources for church musicians, and develop preparation strategies to
assist students intending to enter the field of church music.
Mercer University Children's Choir (MUCC)
The Mercer Children's Choir is a community arts
program for the children of Central Georgia. Involving more than 70
children in two choirs, the MCC performs throughout Georgia and
conducts an annual out-of-state concert tour. Membership is through an
audition and is open to children ages 7-9 (Preparatory Choir) and ages
10-15 (Touring Choir). Leaders for the program include graduate
students at Mercer University, community music teachers, and collegiate
For more information about these community and professional programs, contact:
Dr. John E. Simons
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Graduate Music Studies
Director of The Townsend-McAfee Institute
(800) MERCER-U, ext. 4012