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MusicConference2015For Immediate Release


The Ministerial Department of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists announces its second annual Music Conference.

The theme of the 2015 Music Conference is 'Cross Cultural Music and Worship: Bridging The Divide.' The conference will take place over two days, April 17-18, 2015 at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Rochdale Village, NY. In addition, a special master class for musicians is being offered on Thursday, April 16, 2015 with Dr. Wayne Bucknor, Chair of the Oakwood University Department of Music. The location of the master class will be announced shortly. 

The conference will feature content experts in the area of music and worship, including: 

1. Dr. Cheryl Wilson Bridges, Associate Pastor for Worship at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church and author of Levite Praise: God's Biblical Design for Praise and Worship 

2. Dr. Wayne Bucknor, Chair & Associate Professor of Piano, Oakwood University Department of Music. 

3. Pastor Orville Brissett, minister, worship leader, minister of music, and vocalist. 

4. Nicholas Zork, editor of Best Practices for Adventist Worship, an email newsletter published by the North American Division, Minister for Worship and the Arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan, and  director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference. 

5. Marcos Cruz, Director of the Greater New York Conference Worship Ministry. 


Attached please find the flyer for the conference for distribution. 

Music Conference Flyer


For further information you may call the office of Dr. Ainsworth Joseph, Ministerial Secretary for the Northeastern Conference and the Music Conference Chair at (718) 291-8006, extension 2237. To register for the conference, visit

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AmazedCoverFor Immediate Release, New Yor, NY  - On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, the PraizeGroup released Durel Hall & Restored's debut single, Amazed, featuring Stellar Award nominee JJ Hairston, and the incredibly gifted Thomas "TC" Clay.

Amazed is said to have been conceived on a beach in Costa Rica while Restored's lead singer and songwriter, Durel Hall, sat staring at the sunset. "I looked around the world that God made was overwhelmed by how awesome He is - how powerful He is, sometimes we forget that. We forget He spoke this perfectly connected world into existence." Durel stated the original recording was done only using only the voice meme app on his phone. Once he returned to New York, Durel called upon producer Cito Crandle and the two brough the recording to life. In 2013, the PraizeGroup launched the Durel Hall project and within two years, Durel Hall & Restored have taken the New York City gospel scene by storm. In their short lifetime, Durel Hall & Restored have been blessed with the opportunity to minister on the same stage as various Grammy nominees and Stellar Award winners such as Tye Tribbett, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Jason Nelson, Deon Kipping, Anthony Brown & Group therAPy, Kurt Carr and many many more anointed vessels. PraizeGroup CEO Gary Saunders says, "We couldn't be more proud of Durel, watching his growth has been amazing."

2014 Fam Min Convention2The Northeastern Conference Family Ministries Department will be holding a convention on February 20-22, 2015 at the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville, New York. The theme is One God, One Family, One Love.

Register your family today! Prices are $165 per adult, $120 per child ages 6-16, $40 per child under age 6. For families of 4 or more, $145 per parent. Lodging is $100 per room per night. These special early bird prices are vaild until January 23, 2015.

For lodging, contact Honor's Haven at 845-210-1600. To register and for more information call 718-291-8006 ext. 2247.

Family Ministries Convention Flyer

Family Ministries Convention Registration Form


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