Dungeness Christian Music Workshop

Dungeness Christian Music Workshop

What could be better than playing excellent music with great people in a beautiful setting? 

Here are a few of the groups you can join at the DCM workshop:

  • Jazz Big Bands
  • Jazz Combos
  • Vocal Ensembles
  • Contemporary Worship Teams

Fellowship with Christian musicians from diverse backgrounds, while you learn from  a team of seasoned professionals.  This is an experience that will change your life and revolutionize your ministry!

Join us July 17-21, 2017 in Washington’s beautiful Dungeness Valley for an unforgettable week of swinging, inspiring music.

Full tuition is only $299 USD, and scholarships may be available, if finances are limiting.

Tim Greathead’s sketch of Bunk Johnson used by permission.





14 thoughts on “Dungeness Christian Music Workshop

  1. Hi
    I would like.to attend but have limited funds. I am in college with loans and only work 11 hrs a week.
    Help would be appreciated.


    1. Hi Alex, We’re getting ready to send out an appeal for tax-deductible contributions to the scholarship fund. Our hope is that the generosity of our donors will make it possible for fine musicians in your situation to attend DCM Workshop. Let’s stay in touch.


  2. I’ve been on your website. Love jazz but not technically proficient enough to really play it.


    1. No one ever feels like they are good enough to “really play” jazz! I’ve been a pro jazz player for decades, and I still feel quite inadequate, when i make the blunder of attempting to compare my own playing to that of the great masters who are our heros. But it’s really all about having fun and being as creative as your imagination allows.
      So which instrument do you play?
      Did you check out our workshop web site? http://www.dcmworkshop.com
      We’re going to have jazz combos at several different levels, as well as a big band and a contemporary rock-type ensemble. Please help spread the word. And maybe you would want to consider joining us. It will be a memorable week.


  3. The workshop sounds like a good time. I’m probably in a bit of an unusual position in that, while I am Jewish, I have two decades experience playing at evangelical churches, Messianic Jewish groups and contemporary Catholic masses. I enjoyed it all. Two of my best friends were evangelical pastors and four other friends were pastors or ministers as well.


  4. That’s the (Jewish) spirit! Unfortunately too much of “Christianity” is reductive. Judging others, the sin most often and most strongly condemned in the New Testament, is frequently elevated to a sacrament.
    Regarding the DCMW, I’m afraid the fee is enough to discourage my participation but I thank you for the invitation.


    1. I started to chuckle at your observation “…elevated to a s sacrament,” until realizing that the commentary is sad and pathetic. That needs to change, and our community is committed to that end.
      As regards financing, scholarships are available. We only ask that each registration be accompanied by the $50 registration fee, so that each participant has “skin in the game.” The balance, including meals, will be covered by generous donations from the community.



    I apologize for the notes of discord within what I meant as a simple compliment. Having muddied the waters I’m going to explain why I think worship music is important, in order to provide a bit of context.

    When I queried my fundamentalist friends about doctrine, I discovered that, despite their strict congregational dogma, there was quite a variance in belief. I view religious practice as a journey, so it doesn’t surprise me that we are scattered in our particulars. The synagogues I attended were always more interested in struggling with questions as a vital aspect of spiritual life rather than as a means to a set of succinct answers.

    My own notion of prayer is that the entire process of expressing ourselves serves the goal of emptying ourselves so that we can shut up and actually listen to what God may have to say to us. Music too serves the function of quieting the conscious and leaving us receptive and open, with this important difference: Worship music is a group activity and – as such – is perhaps the one time that the majority of the congregation is in synch. This not only connects us to God, but to each other as well. It is a sacrament in the full positive sense of that word.

    When we moved here in 2008, I attended Dungeness Community Church (DCC) for over a year. That experience convinced me that there was no way back to the intense interaction and profound personal growth from prior decades. So, while I am interested in the subject matter, I don’t imagine I’ll be playing worship music per se, apart from the workshop. Never-the-less, I’ll check my calendar and see about signing up.


    1. Wow! That is profound! Yes, we are all in process. One observes intense struggle in Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac, in Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel, in Job’s interaction with his “friends,” in Elijah’s flight from Jezebel, and in so many other Biblical crises. As you so perceptively observe, it is the struggle which develops character.
      I am truly sorry you perceive that today’s approach to worship pales in comparison to that of yesteryear. The shallowness and commercialism have deeply troubled me since arriving at DCC. It appears that leadership has finally realized they have long been barking up the wrong tree. Pastor Tim has just hired me as Director of Musical Development. While I prize fine music, the highest priority is to nurture a culture in which the worship team becomes a family and radiates that loving fellowship with each other and with God to the congregation. My prayer is that we will eventually begin to once more worship fully immersed in the way you describe.
      Hope you can make the workshop.


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