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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: ALLEGRO

(Please mention Kempke's Allegro Music Conference for your negotiated rate)


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



    Friday August 3rd, 2018 
6:00pm   Concert Featuring Joel Raney, Joseph Martin, and Mary McDonald
    Saturday August 4th, 2018 
9:00am   Welcome & Opening Prayer
9:00am 10:15am Reading Session 1
10:15am 10:30am Break and Browse
10:30am 11:45am Reading Session 2
11:45am 12:30pm Reading Session 3
12:30pm 1:30pm Lunch Provided & Bookstore Browsing
1:30pm 2:45pm Reading Session 4
2:45pm 4:00pm Reading Session 5





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.


Mark Cabaniss

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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.