Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) – 50th Anniversary “Rocked” in Atlanta!

Plan Now for GMWA’s  Return 2018 in Atlanta

The Gospel Music Workshop of America, founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia, in July 2017 and plans to return to next year’s convention in the same place. Over 7,000 members were in attendance, including the record industry, performing artists showcase, Parade of States, and experiences and exhibits galore were available.

The GMWA is a power house for information on Gospel Music and other genres such as classical, spirituals, contemporary music, along with a wealth of information that is vital, not only to the church music ministry, but to history and African American culture. Bishop Albert Jamison, serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

For complete details, visit the website www.gmwanational. net.  There you will find the structure of this great convention.  The GMWA’s Board Meeting is held in March, each year in preparation for the convention that takes place during the summer. “The Board’s planning meeting has become somewhat as “mini-convention itself. There are many activities, performances, and a National Collegiate Night Performance during this time, as colleges and universities come together to share their music from their jurisdictions, says Dr. Joan Hillsman, National Board Member, and Collegiate Chair.

There are chapters across the country, with at least six (6) or more international ones.  Dr. Spencer White, Las Vegas, Nevada, serves as the Chapter Representative Chair, and is doing an awesome job as leader.  Happy belated birthday, Dr. White (August 20th)

The Syracuse Chapter of GMWA is Board Member, Dr. Hillsman, currently serving as Assistant Representatives for this area are Sedalia Brown Harrison, and Ruby Linzy, Chapter members play a vital role in the organization, while serving the community.  Musicians and dedicated members are needed and welcome to join the choir and auxiliaries.  Please join us as we endeavor to serve this community by promoting the culture of music and arts in Syracuse and beyond.

Start planning now for the Board Meeting (March) and Atlanta Convention (July).  If we don’t know, we can’t grow! If we already know-help others to grow.  Knowledge never stops developing. We must study to show ourselves approved! For further information on GMWA National and Syracuse Chapter, contact Dr. Joan Hillsman, Email:jhillsman@twcny.rr.com, SGMWA Facebook .www.joanhillsmanmusicnetwork.com, or phone 315-373-0805.



Upcoming Observances and Events! Take Advantage of the short time left during Summer 2017

* September is National Gospel Heritage Month!  Observe this historical Heritage Month for Gospel.

*Citywide Church Music Ministry Workshop! Plan to attend All are invited to participate, carry back information to your churches and related organizations, give-away materials that will promote your music worship department. All Ages! Information is being disseminated to your churches! Inquire!

When:  Saturday, October 14, 2017, Host Site of Workshop, Bethany Baptist Church, (149 Beattie Street-Syracuse, Pastor Phil Turner

Time: 8:30 Am- 2PM – No Admission (Offering)

Various topics by experienced clinicians. – Contact Dr. Hillsman at 315-373-0805, Email: jhillsman@twcny.rr.com. Volunteers are needed! This is a City-wide Event! Please participate.

  • Fall Music Registration!  Joan Hillsman’s Music Network, Inc., located at 4455 E. Genessee Street, Dewitt/Syracuse, is taking applicants for music lessons, various classes for the fall.  Inquire and Register Now! Call for Information
  • The Harriet Tubman Essay Contest is on-going, Contact Dr. Joan Hillsman, and let’s continue reading and developing critical skills through the theme of Harriet Tubman.  This activity is city-wide and hosted by selected Syracuse Libraries. Contact Information: JHMN!