Ascend

Student Worship Retreat

March 22-24, 2019

Hume is partnering with Joel Weldon and 02 Worship to host our Student Worship Retreat! Bring your youth worship teams and aspiring musicians up for a weekend worship experience like no other. These three days will enrich their leadership, build the depth, breadth, and health of your student’s abilities. Many Breakout sessions presented through the weekend will target every band and tech team member. A chart-topping house band will guide us through the main sessions, featuring a worship songwriting contest, along with terrific giveaways at every meeting. Experience powerful times of worship that you can take back down the mountain to your churches!

Retreat Host

Joel Weldon

A prolific singer/songwriter/composer, Joel Weldon has written a diverse collection in his life’s work, now spanning more than 2 decades. Mainstream Christian rock; moving story ballads; passionate songs of worship; even composing music for 5 PBS documentaries and jingles for corporations such as Caterpillar. His music has been featured on CMT ( Country Music Television), Promise Keepers, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham Crusades, Young Life International, and churches have used his worship songs across the USA and around the world, including songs licensed to WORD Records, Maranatha Music, Vineyard Music, Willow Creek Association, and many others.

Keynote Speaker

Evan Wickham

Evan is a prolific song writer, recording artist, worship leader, and worship pastor. Most recently, God has called Evan to pastor Park Hills Church where they are a community of Jesus followers who gather, scatter, serve, and give for God’s mission to San Diego. Evan is married to his wife Sandy and they have five children.

House Band

The Eagle and Child

The Eagle and Child is a band from San Diego, formed out of a vision to create music that mirrors the complex beauty of a relationship with a kind and limitless God. They hope to write songs that are refreshing & thought provoking, words that are honest and accessible. The band members have spent a lot of years touring and playing music in different avenues, and hope to use their experience to make excellent art, as an act of worship to our good and faithful God.

Presenters/Clinic Instructors

Presenters/
Clinic Instructors

Brad Davis

Vocalist, guitarist

Brad Davis loves music, and loves connecting with people. He has been playing music in bands for over 20 years. As a drummer, he played in and recorded with many bands, including Reeve Oliver who signed to Capitol Records, and toured a bunch. After a lapse in his Christian faith, he, Luke Floeter & Nick Maybury felt called to start The Eagle & Child. Together, they consider it a great gift to make art and music that seeks to point people to the good and perfect God of the Universe.

Spencer Kim

Drummer

Spencer Kim has been making loud noises since the year 2000. After studying drums at Musicians Institute a few years later, he landed in San Diego and began his music career. Aside from playing for The Eagle and Child, he has played with many artists including Paul Baloche, Leeland, and Sara Groves. He loves everything about the drums and maintains an active schedule of private lessons and classes on how to make loud noises.

Luke Floeter

Bassist, guitarist, keyboarist

A self-taught musician who has been playing music for over 20 years, Luke started with playing guitar and bass on the worship team at church and found a love for music that only grew. As a part of The Eagle And Child he identifies as the bass player but very much enjoys playing and adding a different element and dynamic range with the keys. Worship has always been and always will be a part of what he does and he feels very blessed to be able to get the opportunity to share that with others.

Hailey Mitsui-Davis

Producer/Songwriter

Hailey Mitsui-Davis is a transplant to sunny San Diego, CA from the rainy Seattle, WA. She has been leading people in worship through music since she was 13 years old and is continually grateful for opportunities to connect to God and others through music.

Norm Stockton

Bassist

Serving many years as the bassist for Lincoln Brewster, Norm has toured the world and performed or recorded with a number of Grammy-winning artists as well as currently teaching as adjunct professor at Biola University.

Gina Stockton

Singer/Songwriter

An accomplished singer/songwriter and worship leader, Gina is a great resource for vocalists, both lead and background singers. She has taught technique to countless vocalists with a drive for excellence and authenticity. She’s and her husband Norm often train and lead worship together.

Tom Mgrdichian

Producer/Songwriter

Tom is a multi-faceted music and record producer who has worked with Stevie Wonder, YouTube sensation Megan Nicole, Dave Matthews, Earth Wind and Fire, and many others, including arranging and directing the music for dozens of major Hollywood movies.

Brian Willett

Keyboardist and Worship Leader

Brian Willett is the current touring keyboardist for world renown band OneRepublic for 6 years running. He currently serves in worship teams, and writes and produces many other artists when he is not touring.

Steve Hanson

Technology Advisor

Worship leader and tech guru, Steve has worked with several of the worlds largest software companies. Training worship teams in the creative use of technology is one of his driving passions.

Bryan Taylor

DRUMMER

Bryan holds a Bachelors and Master of music degrees from Azusa Pacific University and is a faculty percussion instructor at Citrus College. He has traveled the world & played with such artists as Gwen Stefani, Eric Hutchinson, Tommy Walker, Bill Champlin, Crystal Lewis, Tyrone Wells, Lee Ritenour, Melissa Manchester, Bear McCreary and CeCe & Bebe Winans. He can be heard on the hit TV shows: The Walking Dead, Defiance & Eureka.

Drew Shirley

GUITARIST

Drew Shirley is a rock guitarist for the Grammy-winning alternative rock band Switchfoot. He has recorded six LP albums with the band: Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity. (2006), Grammy-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011), Fading West (2013), and “Where The Light Shines Through” (2016). He’s described as one who knows how to “get great tones and be a good neighbor.” He has been married to his wife Jenna since 2001 and has four daughters.

Ryan Kirkland

Musician and Worship Leader

Ryan Kirkland is a talented and innovative artist on the front edge of worship trends. His career took off when his band, “Between The Trees,” was signed by Universal Motown Records. All along, God had an undeniable calling on Ryan’s life to serve in the local church. His experience as the lead singer and frontman for the popular band proved to be the perfect training ground for the dynamic worship ministry he leads today.

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Lexi Lozano

Vocalist

Lexi’s fervent worship leading and featured artist roles include Harvest Christian Fellowship in SoCal and many other locations.

Songwriting Competition

Songwriting
Competition

SUBMIT AN ORIGINAL WORSHIP SONG
Deadline: 11:59pm February 28, 2019

Contest Rules

  1. Each attendee of the ASCEND: Student Worship Retreat is eligible and invited to submit an original worship song they have written which their youth group or congregations sings. Simply email the song to ASCENDsongcontest@humelake.org or uploading it directly to ASCEND Worship Song Contest Submission (open to other email suggestions) by February 28, 2019. There is no need for the song to be professionally produced.
  2. Include back history of each song submitted (the story of how your song came to be written).
  3. Include a signed contract (available here) with each song submitted.
  4. All songs will be reviewed by 2019 ASCEND clinicians on the basis of correct theology & singability. All genres will be considered. These clinicians will narrow the pool of entries to the 2 by listening to the submitted recordings

Contest Winners

  • The top song submitted from among all song submissions will be announced at the final meeting of the ASCEND: Student Worship Retreat on March 24, 2019.
  • The contest winner will be offered a free return trip to the next ASCEND: Student Worship Retreat in 2019. They will also have a live recording of their song made available to them after the culmination of the retreat.

WHAT IS THE SONG-WRITING COMPETITION ABOUT?
ASCEND Student Worship Retreat attendees are invited to submit their original songs for consideration of being chosen to be recorded live at the retreat. From all the submissions, a panel of varied worship leaders and industry professionals select the 5 best to be recorded, along with sheet music and lyrics to be downloaded from hume.org, and recording made available through various outlets.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY SONG?
Send a download link of your song to songcontest@humelake.org

*You must sign and submit the Licensing Agreement as well.

WHAT KIND OF SONG CAN I SUBMIT?
We are only looking for “congregational worship” songs that churches can use during a worship service, not “artist” or “performance” songs.

HOW MANY SONGS?
One song per attendee, please.

HOW GOOD DOES THE RECORDING NEED TO BE?
Whatever you can do is fine! We’ve accepted and selected song demos ranging from just guitar and vocal, to mixes straight off the soundboard on Sunday morning, to fully produced demos.

WHAT FORMAT DOES THE RECORDING NEED TO BE?
We can only accept emailed or MP3 recordings made available through an upload link.

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED?
Once the deadline passes on February 28th, the selection process takes a few weeks. When the songs are chosen, we notify the writers immediately. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of submissions, we can only notify the selected writers. So, if you don’t hear from us within a week of February 28th, your song was not selected. (But thank you in advance for your submission, and keep trying! Some writers submitted several years in a row before their songs were selected!)

AM I GIVING UP MY RIGHTS TO OR OWNERSHIP OF MY SONG?
No way! This project is entirely to promote the original songs and songwriters of the local church. The writer retains all rights to the song. See the application guidelines for more details.

WHEN IS THAT DEADLINE AGAIN?
11:59pm on February 28, 2019 is our absolute cutoff. To be fair to all, we will not
accept any submissions that come in after that time!

DO YOU ACCEPT BRIBES?
Well, we don’t like to call them “bribes”… 🙂

BE SURE TO CAREFULLY READ THE GUIDELINES AS LISTED ON THE APPLICATION. INCLUDE THE SIGNED LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH YOUR APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION.

Retreat Daily Schedule

FRIDAY


3:00 PM
 Arrival and check–in

5:30–7:15 PM Dinner; Sign-ups and announcements for Saturday Breakouts

7:30—9:00 PM Opening Session I

9:30—11:00 PM Open Mic and Snacks

 

SATURDAY


8:00–9:00 am
Breakfast

9:10—9:55 am Breakouts #1

9:55—10:00 am Break

10:00—11:15 am Main Session II

11:15—11:25 am Break

11:25 am—12:20 pm Breakouts #2

12:30—1:30 pm Lunch

1:30—4:30 pm Recording sessions in Hume Studio

2:00—5:00 pm Free Time

4:30—5:15 pm Optional Q&A with leadership team (Meadow Ranch Chapel)

5:30—7:15 pm Dinner

7:15—9:15 pm Main Session III

9:30—10:30 pm Songwriting Panel, Song Submissions Judging (optional)

10:30—11:30 pm Open Mic and Snacks

 

 

SUNDAY


8:00
—9:00 am Breakfast

9:30—10:45 am Breakouts #3

11:00—11:45 am Main Session IV with Communion

10:30 am Meeting

12:00 pm Lunch — Goodbye!

 
*Schedule subject to change without notice.

REGISTRATION

Youth Student

Ages 14-17

A chaperone must be provided for every student

$199

Adult Student

Ages 18-24

$169

Chaperone

Over 18

Chaperones act as counselors for any youth student in the cabin

$169

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