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Allegro Traditional Conference

Emcee: Mary McDonald and Shirley Kempke  

Our ALLEGRO TRADITIONAL MUSIC CONFERENCE will be held on Friday August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd, 2019 Located at the Graceway Church in Leesburg, FL 

Our choral reading sessions will be held by Mary McDonald with Lorenz; Joseph Martin with Shawnee Press; Joel Raney with Hope Publishing; Mark Cabaniss with Alfred/Jubilate and a Multi Publisher sessions featuring Beckenhorst, Morningstar and Brentwood. 

Kempke's Music will have an on-site music display of organ music, piano, handbell and choral for your perusal and purchase.

An extra 5% discount will be offered to all registrants for the purchase of quantities of their choral purchases from the packets.
Included in the $49.00 registration fee are the music packets for you to take back to your church, coffee& donuts, lunch, and an extra 5% choral discount on top of your everyday discount.  

Allegro will be held at the 

Graceway Church 

10200 Morningside Dr, Leesburg, FL 34788

  Register Today 

Call 407-562-0333


Local Hotel:

Hampton Inn, Leesburg, FL

9630 US 141, Leesburg, FL 34788

Phone: 352-315-1053

*Must reserve room by 7/18/19 for Conference Rate of $99.00*

Group Name: ALL

(Please mention Group Name above for your negotiated rate)


or you can visit www.airbnb.com/events/allegro to see local vacation rentals



Friday August 2nd, 2019

6:00pm Concert Featuring Joel Raney, Joseph Martin, Mary McDonald, and Mark Cabaniss

Featuring a mass choir including Graceway Church, FBC Leesburg and Bay Street Baptist 


Saturday August 3rd, 2019







Session I (Lorenz)

Mary McDonald



Session II (Hope)

Joel Raney 



Break and Browse/Snacks



Session III (Multi-pub)

Mary McDonald







Session IV (Shawnee)

Joseph Martin 



Session V (Jubilate)

Mark Cabaniss











Store Closes




Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

In 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men's Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call.  Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for Composer Weekends. 




Joseph Martin

Joseph Martin (1959 - ), a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose. 
He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. 
Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country. Though he continues to perform in concert, he now devotes his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians 
His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, was nominated for a Dove Award. This album, along with his other recordings (Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry, and A Christmas Tapestry) has been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets. He has recorded for Yamaha's Disklavier series and has composed hundreds of commissioned works. 
Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Joseph's music is published by numerous publishing houses. Over twelve hundred compositions are currently in print and the list continues to grow. 
His composition "Pieta" was recently honored with an award from the John Ness Beck Foundation. 

In 2008 he was inducted as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joseph has co-authored a fully graded, progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom. His major works include 32 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children's book, Old Turtle. 

His music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Missouri; and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. He continues to surprise audiences with the variety and scope of his compositions and arrangements. 
Joseph lives in Austin, Texas with his children Jonathan and Aubrey and his wife Sue.



Joel Raney

JOEL RANEY (b. 1956) started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger's instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year. In addition to publishing with Hope, Joel's work can be found in the catalogs of Heritage Press, Shawnee, Hal Leonard, Alfred, Fred Bock Music, Jubilate, and AGEHR.

Joel's interest in music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films.

Joel is a sought-after choral and keyboard clinician, and stays busy performing throughout North America as a piano soloist and in duo-concert with organist and fellow Hope Editor, Jane Holstein. They have released a CD recording of organ-piano duets; Kum Ba Yah, and Joel has four solo piano CD's to his credit; An Instrument of Your Peace; This Is My Story, This Is My Song; Overtures of Praise; and Images of Christmas. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Il, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, Il. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

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Mark Cabaniss

Mark Cabaniss is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster, and speaker. He is head of the Alfred Sacred Music Group (a division of Alfred Music) and founder of Jubilate Music, creating printed and digital music, recordings, and DVDs.

As an ASCAP composer and arranger, Mark’s published compositions have been performed nationally and abroad, and include musicals, cantatas, and instrumental works. His stage adaptation of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” titled Miracle In Bedford Falls (co-written with Lowell Alexander) was premiered by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and has been subsequently performed coast-to-coast. Other musicals include The Homework Machine (co-written with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann) and The Stardust Supper Club(featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael) (co-written with Alan Bailey).

Mark is a multiple recipient of ASCAP’s Popular Music Award and is a Dove Award and Angel Award-winning producer. He is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy), The Dramatists Guild, and serves on the Board of Advisors for “The Music Man Square”, a museum and foundation in Mason City, Iowa, dedicated to furthering music education and honoring the legacy of Meredith Willson (creator of Broadway’s The Music Man). Mark was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Mars Hill University and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. Mark is also the founder/donor of The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship, awarded annually to qualifying students who choose music as a college major.

Mark also serves as a correspondent for Hollywood 360, a weekly nationally-syndicated entertainment radio show based in Chicago.

Mark’s work in music business and broadcasting has led to collaborations with television icons Bob Barker and Andy Griffith, Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones, legendary entertainer Steve Allen, Broadway/pop songwriter Rupert Holmes, jazz pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon, gospel singer Cynthia Clawson and others.

Mark also serves as an adjunct instructor of music business at Belmont University in Nashville. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education and Communications from Mars Hill University and The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Mark resides in Nashville, Tennessee.



My friend and I have just attended our first Kempke's Allegro conference/reading session in Sanford. What an absolutely grand day we had! Mary McDonald is terrific. Joeseph Martin - wow and amazing. Their piano skills - there are not enough words to describe. It was a fantastic day. So many wonderful pieces for a church choir. Special thanks to the staff of Kempke's for providing a wonderful experience for all who were there. I don't know of a detail you missed. Looking forward to doing this again! Thank you Kempke's.