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Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

June 24 - 28, 2024

Let There Be!

Music & Worship Arts Week 2024 will magnify God's miraculous permission – Let There Be! – as a universe-shaping refrain of hope, wonder, and endless possibilities for all who work and volunteer in the glorious array of worship arts.


Come! Join us as we embark on an awe-inspiring journey into God’s creative power at work in the world!

Music & Worship Arts Week (MWAW) is a multi-generational event hosted by The Fellowship of Worship Artists in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at Lake Junaluska. This annual event is designed for worship leaders, musicians, artists, dancers, actors, and pastors of all denominations who seek education and renewal in a spirit of inclusivity and grace. We welcome all.

MWAW offers participants the opportunity to work with and learn from renowned leaders in the fields of worship arts, make new friends and reconnect with colleagues, be renewed in a beautiful setting, and worship daily in creative and inspiring ways. Music & Worship Arts Week has been described as "one of the most palpable examples of God's artistic gifts at work", so if you haven't already done so, we hope that you'll take some time to learn more about this transformative event and make plans to join us at Lake Junaluska.

Event highlights & Schedule INFO

  • Inspiring daily worship services

  • Engaging seminars with world renown clinicians

  • Choral, dance, orchestra, and handbell concerts performed by children, youth, and adult participants

  • Organ recital on the Casavant organ at Waynesville First UMC

  • Choral, handbell, and organ music reading sessions

  • Annual youth talent show

  • And more...

Click here to see our event schedule and seminar options!

Encounter Jesus

Why Music & Worship Arts Week is Worth the Investment

Written by Kathy Ritchie Toole

Each year, there is a migration into the heart of the mountains of North Carolina of church musicians, choir members, dancers, handbell ringers, visual artists, worship committee members, pastors, and more. Cutting across generations, children. youth, and adults all find a place to explore and grow at The Fellowship’s Music & Worship Arts Week, as they practice their particular passions in worship arts with others. New relationships with people and with nature are formed, others are renewed.


In this time, set aside, the Spirit moves, breaking through to our spirits in worship, rehearsal, and around the table, offering encouragement, new visions, and challenges. Next summer, we will set aside the week of June 24 - 28 as our time together at Lake Junaluska, as we encounter Jesus through our worship, our rehearsing, and, of course, our fellowship together.

More Than Continuing Education


I first began attending Music & Worship Arts Week, often referred to as MWAW, in 1996, when I began working in my first (and only) United Methodist Church. I went with their expectation that it would help me as I sought to expand my denominational understanding and grow in my music ministry skills. Having been a child of conferences in a couple of other denominations, and having finished seminary with an M. Div. with a focus in music and worship, I was not a novice.


In those early years…   Read More

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How to Register

Learn everything you need to know about the Music & Worship Arts Week registration process. 


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Don't delay! Early bird registration prices are in effect until January 15, 2024!
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