In 2020 we received many requests for information about how and if the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic would affect the Texas Normal Singing School. Although many other beloved annual events were canceled last year, we were that Singing School was still on (with some minor modifications).
All the more in 2021 – with virus numbers coming down, vaccination numbers going up, and a year of experience under our belts – we are moving full-steam ahead with our plans for 2021. Some adjustments from years’ past include the following:
The administration of Abilene Christian University has continued their closed-campus policy through the summer months. The Oldham Lane Church of Christ has graciously, hospitably agreed to host us again in 2021.
Our traditional lodging – University Park Apartments – is not be able to house us this year for the same closed-campus policy. We have negotiated with the Whitten Inn for various double-occupancy and single-occupancy rooms. As this is a full-service hotel, bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, etc.) and basic room amenities (trash cans, shower curtains, etc.) will be provided – as is the norm in hotels. These items were not provided by the UPA, but are included at the Whitten Inn. There is no need to make separate reservations – your housing reservation must be made under the Singing School’s contract with Whitten Inn in order to qualify for special pricing (in other words, we’ll take care of it with your Singing School registration and non-refundable housing deposit).
The ACU cafeteria, like the rest of the campus, will be closed. Chartwells, the vendor which runs the cafeteria, has been very accommodating and has offered to prepare and cater lunch meals just for us at the Oldham Lane facility.
TNSS will provide breakfast Monday – Friday mornings; a full, hot lunch and supper (entree, sides, salad, drink) will be provided by Chartwells (Monday – Thursday). The evening meal on Wednesday is the only exception – due to scheduling issues with our host campus, we’ll be needing to vacate their building Wednesday night; so supper is on your own.
At this point, we are looking to have a full complement of instructors and staffers.
Before COVID-19, we planned on 100 students and 25 faculty/staff participants. In 2020, we had closer to 60 total participants. In 2021, we’re gearing up for crowds that more resemble our pre-COVID numbers.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
I have a music degree from a 4-year college and thought I knew everything I needed to know about singing and writing music. Guess what!!! Didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Learned tons of new stuff. They attract some of the best teachers in their field!! Well worth your time!!Aneva P.
“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 people 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