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Barbara Day Miller was music director for the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh.
Jan. 4, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) ? The Commission on the General Conference is seeking a music director for the United Methodist Church?s 2008 General Conference. The deadline for applying is Feb. 1, 2006.

The top lawmaking body for the 11 million-member denomination will meet April 23-May 2, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The music director is responsible for the overall music program management at General Conference and oversees liturgy and music throughout the assembly, including inviting choirs and worship groups from across the church to participate.

The Rev. Barbara Day Miller, assistant dean of worship at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, was music director for the 2004 General Conference, held in Pittsburgh.

?It takes a high level of organization and also a sense of humor,? Miller said of her experience with the 2004 conference. One of her concerns in organizing the music program was finding a way to represent the whole church. She said it was her prayer that General Conference would be a time ?where we make space for everybody?s song.?

Those interested in applying may view the music director position description. The position is also posted at

Applications should include a brief resume and a short audition video highlighting music leadership abilities in a variety of settings. Application materials should be sent by Feb. 1 to Rev. Alan J. Morrison, Business Manager of General Conference, P.O. Box 340029, Nashville, TN, 37203-0029.

The General Conference, which meets every four years, is a two-week assembly of 1,000 delegates from around the world who gather to set church policies and make pronouncements on social and moral issues of the day. General Conference is the only organization that speaks for the United Methodist Church.

*Information for this story was provided by Marsha R. Base, director of strategic communications and training, General Council on Finance and Administration.

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or

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