Summer Music Institute

Summer Music Institute

July 28-29, 2016

The Gospel Feast

Come sing, dance, praise and eat at the table of worship that satisfies the soul and revives the spirit. A new format with experts in music, movement, liturgy, and ritual offers a new Summer Music Institute experience this year!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

10–11 a.m. – Opening Worship

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – The Table of Encounter: liturgies that make space – Emily Scott

12–1 p.m. – Lunch

1:15–2:30 p.m. – Word & Ritual: Speaking, Hearing and Responding – Lydia Munoz and Tanya Bennett

2:45–3:45 p.m. – Movement–Micah Gary

4–5:30 p.m. – Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Digital Spaces as Worship Places – Kate Ott and Shawn Spaventa

6 p.m. – Dinner Church, Emily Scott

Friday, July 29, 2016

8:15a-9:00a – Meditation Time (Labyrinth, Hall of Sciences)

9–10 a.m. – Worship

10–11:30 a.m. – The Discomforting Table: liturgies that make justice – Emily Scott

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – “Liking” and “Sharing” the Gospel: Communicating Christ in the Social Media Age – Eric Valosin

12:30–1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15–2:30 p.m. – Sacred Music/Liturgy Resources–Mark Miller and Tanya Bennett

2:45–3:45 p.m. – Worship in One Spirit: Reconciling Classical and Contemporary Music Cultures in Worship – Helen Cha-Pyo

4–5:30 p.m. – Closing Worship Concert

Biographies of Leaders

Emily Scott

Emily at TableEmily is the founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn. Known for their practice of gathering around tables to celebrate a Eucharistic meal, St. Lydia’s has become a place of inspiration for church leaders seeking to create vital, inculturated liturgies. Trained as a liturgist and musician at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, Emily has followed a particular interest in the intersection of worship and the arts. She founded St. Lydia’s in collaboration with colleague Rachel Pollak and congregants in 2009, and was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2012.
Emily served as the Director of Worship at the Riverside Church in the City of New York from 2007-2009, then as the Director of Family Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York from 2009-2013. Emily collaborated with All Saints Company to found and coordinate “Music That Makes Community,” a network of clergy and musicians interested in composing and leading congregational music from the oral tradition and train church leaders to do the same. As part of her work, she oversaw the publication of Music By Heart, a hymnal of paperless music.
Emily posts her writing and sermons on her blog, Sit and Eat, and on her podcast, Broken Bread. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

LMunozThe Rev. Lydia Muñoz, MDiv, OSL

Lydia E. Muñoz is an Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church in the City of  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Appointed to The Church of the Open Door, a new church start in Kennett Square.   She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary where she earned her Masters in Divinity and Penn State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Psychology and Women’s Studies.

Lydia has been involved in leading worship for 20 years in varied and diverse settings, both locally and nationally and has a passion for following the Spirit’s lead in the creation of sacred moments and spaces for emergent communities, where together as a community we can experience the transformative power of God.  She has been a part of creating and designing worship for the World Council of Churches in South Korea for the World Assembly, and has led and designed worship for various local, jurisdictional and national conferences and events.

Lydia lives with her husband the Rev. James McIntire, Esq. and her son William Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lindsay McIntire and their two dogs, Benny and Ella.

Tanya Bennett Drew Univ Theo deptRev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Ph.D.

An ordained elder in United Methodist Church, Tanya serves as University Chaplain/Director of the Chapel & Religious Life at Drew University.   As Associate Professor of Christian Practice at Drew Theological School, Tanya teaches in the areas of emerging worship, educational ministries, and church and society, with particular interest in youth, social justice and urban ministries. Tanya believes that inclusive, enlightening, engaging worship offers the love and justice of the Holy that transforms hearts and minds. She leads worship and workshops for national and global United Methodist events, and has led retreats and seminars throughout the Northeast Jurisdiction. She graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Communications, and from Drew Theological School with her M.Div. and Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion.

KOttDr. Kate Ott

Dr. Kate Ott is a feminist, catholic scholar addressing the formation of moral communities with specializations in sexuality, technology, children/youth, and professional ethics.  She is Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ.  She is at work on a new book, Life Enhancing Settings: Digital Technology and Ethics of Everyday Living. Her other books include: Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence and the co-edited volume Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. To find out more about her work visit

SSpaventaMr. Shawn Spaventa

Shawn Spaventa is the Coordinator of Instructional Media Support for University Technology at Drew University in Madison, NJ. His responsibilities include video production, streaming, editing and web conferencing.  He has assisted with University pilot programs in live streaming video content to the off campus Drew community and the use of web conferencing for classroom instruction. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and when he’s not in front of screens or behind cameras, he coaches youth baseball in his hometown.

LD_042413_Mark Miller_0850Mark Andrew Miller

Since 1998 Mark Miller has travelled around the world delighting congregations with the power and joy of music making. He believes passionately that music can transform hearts and minds.  He also believes in Cornel West’s quote that “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

Mark is Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison NJ, and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey.  Mark’s hymns and anthems are sung by communities of faith throughout the country and are published by Choristers Guild, Hinshaw, Abingdon Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and others.  “Roll Down, Justice! Sacred Songs and Social Justice”, his newest collection of songs, is available on and his album, “Imagine the People of God”, can be found on itunes.

Mark is a lifelong United Methodist. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy and was a lay delegate to the 2000 and 2004, 2012 General Conferences.  He was Director of Music for the 2008 General Conference.  His abiding hope for the 2016 General Conference and the church is for Love to break down the dividing walls of hostility and fear in the United Methodist Church.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.  

He resides in Plainfield, New Jersey, with his incredible husband, Michael Murden, and their two beautiful children, Alyse and Keith.

evvvMs. Helen Cha Pyo

For the past thirteen years, Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo has inspired hundreds of young musicians to perform at the highest levels, resulting in Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) being recognized as one of the premier music organizations for youth in the United States.   As Conductor of ESYO’s Youth Orchestra, Ms. Cha-Pyo has programmed a wide range of music embracing many different cultures.  Her vision resulted in ESYO being awarded a $100,000 grant to partially fund a music festival that commissioned nine new works, and winning three prestigious ASCAP awards for programming.  She has conducted the orchestra in outstanding concert halls including Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Massry Center for the Arts, EMPAC, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, and Carnegie Hall.  She has led the orchestra on two international tours:  to Europe in 2008 and to China and South Korea in 2012. This summer, she will lead another tour to Portugal.

From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Cha-Pyo served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and Associate Director of Music at The Riverside Church in New York City.  A committed music educator, she pioneered the Riverside Music Educational Program, which served thousands of New York City public-school children. She has produced three CDs with the Riverside Choir under the JAV recordings label: Behold the Star (1998), Touch the Spirit (1999), Anthems from Riverside (2002).

In 2010, Ms. Cha-Pyo was appointed Artistic Director for Kenya Jirani Choir and Harlem Jirani Ensemble of the Jirani Cultural Organization. She travels regularly to Kenya and Korea to oversee artistic activities and train music staff and the choirs.  In 2011 she toured Korea with Kenya Jirani Choir and conducted its 5th anniversary concert at the famed Sejong Cultural Hall in Seoul, Korea.

Ms. Cha-Pyo is also an active church musician serving as choral clinician as well as music leader and liturgist for many national events of the United Methodist Church and for various other denominations.  In 2011 and 2013, she led workshops in “Global Praise and Worship for Children” and “Engaging Children in Worship through Music” at Drew Summer Music Institute.   She served as music director and liturgist for the Korean Worship and Music Conference held annually at Stony Point Retreat center, NY and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia from 1998-2010.  She was the song leader at the 1998 and 2002 United Methodist Women Assembly; Young Women Rise Up conference in 2000; Student Forum (1993-1998) for College Students and Exploration conference for ordained ministry.  In 2003, she served as music director for the International Centennial Celebration of Christianity in Korea conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Since 2006, she has been a frequent clinician for choral conducting workshops, church music conferences and master classes in Seoul, Korea for church musicians.

Born in Seoul, Ms. Cha-Pyo immigrated to the USA when she was 12.  She studied piano and organ in the Pre-College Program at The Juilliard School.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music degrees in conducting and organ performance from the Eastman School of Music.  As winner of many awards and competitions, she has conducted orchestras and choruses in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Ms. Cha-Pyo is a member at the Bethany Korean United Methodist Church in Wayne, NJ, where she serves as conductor of Joo-Sarang choir and as a coach/vocalist for Passion Praise Team.  She resides in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Daniel and two sons, Christopher and Michael.

Valosin_headshotEric Valosin

Eric Valosin is a New Jersey based artist and seeker of the techno-sublime. Using light and projection with drawing, painting, and new media, he explores the potentials of mystical experience since postmodernism, in a world whose space is more often cyber than sacred and whose world-views have begun to transcend conventional transcendence.  Straddling the realms of traditional mysticism and postmodern phenomenology, he aims to challenge perceptual expectations and open new territories for contemporary mystical experience.

Valosin holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Drew University and an M.F.A. from Montclair State University.  Hs work has been exhibited throughout the greater New York area and in Europe, including recent shows at Magnan Metz Gallery (NY), The Attleboro Arts Museum (MA), Gallery Aferro (NJ), Howard Gardens Gallery (Wales, UK), FUSE Art Infrastructures (PA), and Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery (NJ).  His work has received various accolades such as an international ArtSlant Showcase award in the category of Installation. Valosin is the author of a recently published monograph entitled “Unknowing the Unknowable: Visual Apophasis and the Techno Sublime.” He teaches at  the Collective Art Tank in Asbury Park, NJ, and has also lectured and taught at Drew University (NJ) and Andover Newton Theological School (MA). He also serves as the Coordinator of Fine Art Education for Gravity Inc., a non-profit which uses art and innovation as a catalyst for community revitalization.