Author: Rochelle Cecil
Date: October 24, 2013
Categories: Music

Houghton College will host the National Conference for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) on October 25 and 26 in the Center for Fine Arts. The conference will include six concerts that are free and open to the public.

Concerts will be held Friday, October 25 from 2 -3p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Friday’s third concert will be from 7:30-9 p.m. in Wesley Chapel and will feature the Houghton College Philharmonia, Symphonic Winds, and College Choir.

Saturday, October 26 concerts will be from 11a.m. to noon in Wesley Chapel, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Over 35 compositions will be performed during the six concerts.

“CFAMC conferences are intended as opportunities for art music composers, with a shared faith commitment, to experience genuine Christian fellowship,” said Dr. David Davies, Houghton College professor of composition and theory and member of CFAMC.

The CFAMC is comprised of professional and academic composers, avocational composers, church musicians, and many others who support the CFAMC mission. Conference attendees will be coming from across the country.

“The CFAMC is the only professional composer organization committed to exploring the issues surrounding the creation of art music from a Biblical perspective,” Davies said. “It’s a rare commodity in the contemporary art music community.”

The CFAMC was founded in 1994 by Houghton’s own Dr. Mark Hijleh, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of composition and conducting. Hijleh served as the organization’s president for over a decade. “This conference is something of a homecoming for CFAMC, as the very first conferences held by the fellowship were also at Houghton,” said Davies.

According to Davies, the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College is currently experiencing record growth in its music composition program.  “Many of our composition students are having works performed as part of the conference and several of them are performing works by other composers; the value of this experience for them cannot be overstated,” he said.

Houghton students are able to participate in all performances and paper sessions free of charge and are invited to take this opportunity to hear from Christian composers  about what it means to be a contemporary artist and a Christian.