Overture Music and Worship Conference is a one-day intensive music conference that seeks to provide training and resources for worship leaders, choir directors, accompanists, and all other music lovers. Guest artists in the past have included Cynthia Clawson and Ragan Courtney along with festival choir conductor, Dr. Aaron Jackson. With the event’s emphasis on Sampson County and the surrounding area, 2017 Overture Music and Worship Conference was hosted by Salemburg Baptist Church in Salemburg, NC. Previously, the conference was held at First Baptist Church in Clinton, NC.
2018 Overture Music and Worship Conference: Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:30 Registration for Conference Choir and Directors
3:00 Conference Choir Session with Mary McDonald
4:30 Supper for Choir Participants
5:30 Community Wide Worship Concert
Featuring Mary McDonald and Choir
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 and conferences.
Each year, the Overture Music and Worship Conference is sponsored by the Donnie M. Royal Foundation.
About the Donnie M. Royal Foundation
Donnie Royal and Dorthy Turlington Royal both grew up in Sampson County and both attended Salemburg Baptist Church. Donnie practiced medicine for over 60 years in Salemburg. Dorothy was an English teacher at Salemburg High School and served many years as the piano player and adult choir director, and five years as the boys choir director at Salemburg Baptist Church. Dorothy told the Fayetteville Observer, “Music is my baby and I thought I would die if I didn’t have a piano.” Dr. Royal lived to be 98 years old, and Mrs. Royal lived to the age of 103.
In 2001 the Donnie M. Royal Foundation was started to promote music events in memory of Dorthy’s legacy, and medical-related events in memory of Donnie’s legacy.