What…

The Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy gathers at the Duncan M. Gray Center in Canton, Mississippi. The Gray Center is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.

The week will be a time of spiritual renewal and learning. Year to year the faculty is made up of the country’s most respected musicians and clergy.

There are services daily, evensong to be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church, and the concluding service at the Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew in Jackson.

Workshops on service playing, vocal techniques, children’s choirs, and service sheets will be offered.

You will experience great hospitality, excellent teaching, preaching, and singing. We believe that this will be our strongest year ever and we hope you will join us at Gray Center this August.

Where

The Duncan M. Gray Center is located near Canton on a very spacious and secluded campus. The facility is totally air-conditioned. Rooms are available in the Inn and in cottages which sleep sixteen. See the Gray Center Website for a full description of the facilities. For a quick overview of Gray Center click the “Gray Center Accommodations” Menu at the top of this page. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those conferees traveling by air into Jackson, transportation to the conference center is available by contacting the Registrar. We can also provide transportation back to the airport following lunch on Sunday.

Bring

If you play an instrument and would like to participate in daily services please let us know.

Who Else

Lois Fyfe Music will have a display of books, choral music and a comprehensive selection of organ music for purchase. – Visit the Lois Fyfe Music Website

How Much

FEES

The cost includes lodging, all meals, and a packet of music to be performed at services:

$ 600 – 5:00pm Tuesday through Sunday lunch

Participants will explore choral literature appropriate for a variety of situations, sing The Great Paschal Vespes, attend workshops, and focus on ways in which the Church lives through word, liturgy, and song.

$ 350 – 3:30pm Friday through Sunday lunch

Participants arriving on Friday can expect to share in reading new music as well as preparing and presenting music for the Festival Eucharist on Sunday. The Rose Hill Cabaret will round out the experience for those who can be with us only for the weekend.

Those wishing accommodations in a Private Room should add $ 125 (Weekend $50, if available)Note: Private rooms are available for an additional fee in the order that registration deposits are received. The conference reserves the right to limit the number of private rooms if needed to accommodate housing needs of all participants.”

Reservations with a $100 deposit are required by July 12. The deposit will be non-refundable, and is non-transferable unless we are notified in writing no later than July 18. Some scholarship money is available for participants from Mississippi through the Diocese of Mississippi. If you are in need of scholarship assistance, please write or email the Registrar. Check with your local church about financial assistance, as well.

Payment by cash or check only; no payment by credit card available.

Financial Help

SCHOLARSHIPS – Ask about the availability of the following scholarships.

  • Diocesan scholarship – Full Week @ $300 or Weekend Only @ $150 (For MS Residents Only)
  • “18 to 30” – We are offering Scholarships worth $300 each to anyone who is between the ages of 18 and 30. A brief letter of recommendation from your rector is required to receive this scholarship and should be sent in along with the registration form (or submitted with your funds when using the Online Registration Option . These scholarships will be granted to the first 12 applicants who apply and apply to participants from inside and outside the Diocese of Mississippi.