CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATES*
APRIL 1 - AUGUST 31, 2016 - $275
SEPTEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31, 2016 - $300
JANUARY 1 - APRIL 20, 2017 - $350
REGISTER AT THE DOOR - $400
Secure your spot with a $100 deposit
*Conference registration includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch on April 28 & 29
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
April 27 - registration opens at 4 PM followed by fellowship
April 28 - break-out sessions, mass choir rehearsal, gospel choir showcase
April 29 - break-out sessions, mass choir rehearsal, International Interfaith Gospel Choir performance, with world premiere by Edwin Hawkins
A more detailed schedule will be released in the summer of 2016
SOME OF THE conference STAFF
Terrance Kelly has been called everything from “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.” And to prove them all, he has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music on each Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir album.
Edwin Hawkins is a Grammy Award-winning American gospel and R&B musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He is a trailblazer in the evolution of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He (and the Edwin Hawkins Singers) are best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day" (1968–69), which was included on the Songs of the Century list. He founded the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, an annual music convention that features classes on song writing, keyboards, Gospel music ministry, choir decorum, fashion design, the business of music and communications, vocal techniques and dance drama.
Before becoming a prominent figure in women's music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band,Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the '70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts byMary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records,Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.