GYC conferences would be incomplete without music. It is an integral part of the conference experience. This year is no exception. 96 people have registered this year for choir, and an additional 40 have registered for orchestra. In total, an estimated 136 attendees are participating in music on Sabbath.
This year’s repertoire brings some exciting additions. At 3:30 p.m. on Sabbath afternoon, a concert will be held in the main meeting hall. It will include a variety of GYC musicians who presented throughout the week and will serve to present a single message, structured almost like a sermon through music through congregational singing, poetry, and memorable pieces of music.
Another addition to GYC music this year is a music seminar hosted by the GYC Music Committee. The seminar’s purpose is to focus on the beauty of music from a theological perspective. Daniel Cerna, the assistant music coordinator and seminar speaker, said, “I don’t remember the last time I heard a seminar on music that focused on the beautiful things about [music].” He said GYC is hoping to make a space to change this.
Even though there are many opportunities to get involved in music, attendees’ interest in contributing to the choir, orchestra, and song services has declined in the last few years. This is something that the GYC music team hopes will change. Musicians of the GYC age demographic are encouraged to audition in the months leading up to GYC. “Everyone who wants to can audition,” Cena encourages, “especially with the choir. People can get involved, and we want people to be involved.”