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Traditional Sessions



Kempke's Music Florida Traditional Sessions 


Music Florida

Monday Jan 7th, 2019

8:30am - 2:00pm


Monday morning at Music Florida we are offering a 4 hour block of Traditional sessions from publishers such as Jubilate, Lorenz, Shawnee, Alfred, Hope, and more.

If you are registered as a Full Registrant or an Associate you just need to mark that you will be attending the sessions so we can reserve your packets, there will be no additional charge.

You can also register for the “Traditional” sessions only for the low price $49 which includes your lunch. 

You may attend the "Traditional Sessions only" by registering below

(If you Register for the full conference the Traditional is included already)

Register Here now for Traditional Sessions


Monday Traditional Schedule





8:30 AM 9:00 AM Registration/Check-In

Traditional Sessions

9:00 AM 9:05 AM Welcome



9:05 AM 10:00 AM Lorenz Publishing Session 1 Traditional

Mary McDonald

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Hope Publishing Session 2 Traditional

Joel Raney

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Alfred Publishing Session 3 Traditional

Mark Cabaniss

12:00 PM 1:00 PM Shawnee Press Session 4 Traditional

Patti Drennan





Patti Drennan (living) earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Music Education degree at the University of Oklahoma. She taught Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Norman Public Schools, the first twenty years at West Mid-High School, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year”, and eight years at Norman High School. In 2004, she was awarded the coveted “Director of Distinction Award” given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.

An active composer and arranger with over two million copies sold , Patti has almost 500 choral octavos, piano and piano/vocal books published with thirteen major publishers. She has served as a clinician for school and church workshops in 21 states, 3 times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. She has been guest director at numerous "Composer Weekends". She has been an adjudicator for school choral contests in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

Patti retired from teaching in 2004 in order to compose and stay active as a clinician and workshop presenter. For almost ten years she served as Music and Worship Arts Director at First Baptist Church, Norman. She is married and has two grown children, son-in-law and beautiful grandson. Patti enjoys writing leading music reading sessions for publishers and singing in a professional gospel choir



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


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.

Mark’s Personal Mission Statement

To fully realize all I am created to be, and to positively impact as many lives as possible, from a Christian perspective, utilizing my God-given abilities to communicate ideas which encourage, enlighten, entertain and/or inspire others.



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 800 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.