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.
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.
2018 Overture Music and Worship Conference: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Information on next year’s event will be posted as it becomes available.