Musicians’ Gathering

A gathering of creative and innovative music leaders from around the country


April 11-14, 2023


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About the Retreat

The Musicians’ Gathering at Kanuga is a community of music leaders from around the country. It is a time set aside for church musicians to rest and renew in the sanctuary of not only the peaceful mountain scenery, but also the mutual support of peers who understand the unique challenges of this vocation. Come for collaborative worship, sharing of ideas, resources and best practices, peer-led discussions, jam-sessions, and return home with a clarified, hopeful vision of a church renewed through your soulful ministry.

Who is this gathering for?

If you lead (or are part of) any form of emerging music expression in the church, then this gathering is for you. If you would like to experience what other creative leaders are doing around the nation, then this gathering is for you. If you are among the many who have burned the candle at both ends for a long, long time, this gathering is for you. Come bless us and be blessed by us.

Charles Milling

Retreat Planner
Charles Milling is a music, worship and band director in the Episcopal ethos, but also in the secular world. He currently serves at Christ Church in Charlotte, NC, and is wrapping up Live Hymnal’s fourth album. Charles started his church work at Fran McKendree’s side in 1998 at Kanuga. It gives him great comfort to return to Kanuga again this year to be in a gathering of like-minded spirits.

Simon de Voil

Musician in Residence / March 18-April 16
We welcome to our gathering, Simon de Voil, a sacred musician and interspiritual minister as well as singer songwriter from Vermont. Simon will serve as our chaplain for the week and share with us his creative liturgy and presence. Simon comes to us by way of Spiritual Directors International

Bishop Brian Prior

Brian is a self-described camp-kid who became a camp director at the age of 20 beginning a lifelong passion for retreat ministry. A chance meeting at the first EYE (Episcopal Youth Event) in the early 80’s began a long partnership with Fran McKendree in providing a holy space for individuals and communities to move more deeply into the presence of God.


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