The 2017 WLC will be conducted in the Chapel and Family Room of the University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St.).
A BBQ lunch will be served on Saturday, which is included in the conference fee ($40).
10:00 Sunday morning, July 23, a worship service for WLC participants and Singing School students will be conducted at the Chapel on the Hill (1850 Teague Blvd.)
For more information – or to register – please call Levi Sisemore (806.777.8417) or email ACUSingingSchool@gmail.com
The Texas Normal Singing School
Since 1946, the Texas Normal Singing School has been training song and worship leaders, song writers, and all those who are interested in a cappella, congregational singing. Noteworthy instructors like Austin Taylor, Holland Boring, Joe Ed Furr, James Tackett, and R.J. “Sonny” Taylor have provided a strong curriculum over the years. Students from all fifty states (and several international locations) and their home congregations have been blessed by this ministry in the last seventy-one years.
In 1989 the Singing School moved from its longtime home in Sabinal, Texas to the more centrally-located Abilene. Leasing housing and classroom facilities from Abilene Christian University allowed the school to grow in course offerings, student body, and teaching faculty.
Worship Leader Conference
Soon after reloacting to Abilene, TNSS began to host weekend events before the Singing School for our own students, faculty, and church leaders in West Texas. Each year we provide a program that aims to equip and encourage worship leaders, elders, preachers, and singers.
Recent presenters and programs have included: Ken Young of Hallal Music (and TNSS alumnus); Joey Roberts of University Church of Christ (Abilene) on Church Communications; R.J. “Sonny” Taylor of Taylor Publications on Hymnology; Dr. Mark Shipp of Austin Graduate School of Theology on the Timeless Psalter Project; Dr. Jack Reese of Abilene Christian University on the Book of Psalms.
This year we welcome Dr. Steve Wolfgang of Downers Grove, Illinois to speak on Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, a new hymnal published by the Sumphonia Foundation, and hymnology among the non-institutional churches of Christ, which has developed independently from mainline congregations.
“I highly recommend the Singing School, as there is an urgent need for song leader training.”Keith Lancaster (4/4/16), Cullman, Alabama
“I always thought I was a fairly decent song leader before attending the school. But having gone thru the program, I learned from excellent instructors and have confidence to lead in ways that I would have never tried before. I was challenged to be better, not for me, but for Him.”Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“The fellowship and love we had together in song and spirituality is something I will cherish for the rest of my life … I would encourage anyone who has a passion for leading the church in worship to take the time even for one year to experience what the singing school has to offer.”Alan D., London, England
“I had a WONDERFUL time with all of you this week! I will work hard this year!”Megan A., Missouri
“We had a good time singing with you all tonight. Thanks for letting us stop by.”Jason F., Abilene, Texas
“What a great, intense week the singing school was! I want to shout my thanks to all of you who work so hard to make this happen. I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into it.”Kerri R., Grants Pass, Oregon
“I thank all of the teachers, coaches, and staff here at ACU Singing School for helping me get where I am today. I had a long way to go and I’m just barely getting started… thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”Robert H., Temple, Texas
“So stoked to be in our church’s regular song leading rotation. Lead today again and loved it! I love leading people in worship for God! Thank you all for all I learned with you guys!”Jeff R., Abilene, Texas
“So today I was able to song lead in Ladies’ Chapel! I am proud to say that I did the time signature and was on pitch! … I got a lot of compliments and it made me really happy! So glad that I was able to go to this school and learn what I did!”Alejandra G., Lubbock, Texas
“Some of the most talented, sincere, and spiritual I’ve ever met was because of the Singing School.”Robin E., Madison, Alabama
“I never would have thought or dreamed of being able to even be in front of 2 or 3 people a few years ago. … never would have been possible without the love, support, and teaching of this singing school.”Robert H., Temple, Texas