Salvationist musicians, artists set to gather for 2021 Territorial Music Institute
By: Brad Rowland
From July 26-Aug. 1, young musicians and artists from across the Southern Territory will come together for the 2021 Territorial Music Institute (TMI). The gathering, held at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian, Texas, will operate under the theme of “Undivided” with Ezekiel 11:17-19 as a central focus.
Though TMI is traditionally executed over eight days, the 2021 edition will be streamlined into a shorter format. This will allow for the implementation of firm health and safety protocols to allow for a safe gathering, and there is excitement for the institute after a one-year hiatus.
“We’re really excited to come together again for TMI,” said Nick Simmons-Smith, territorial music secretary. “It feels like it has been such a long time since we were together – in normal circumstances.”
With a spacious camp setting, the institute will comfortably house approximately 70 percent of its typical capacity. Delegates will major in brass band (either brass or percussion), dance, theater, visual arts, or worship team, and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with regard to preferred major tracks.
“Our young people are hungry for fellowship, music-making, and special times of worship together,” Simmons-Smith said. “There are still some restrictions with COVID-19 protocols, but we hope that as the virus dissipates, we can sing, play, dance, act, and worship the Lord with our whole hearts.”
Delegates must be 14 years old before the end of 2021 and must meet minimum standards as laid out here, with approval from divisional music directors and corps officers. Applications must be submitted by July 12, and complete registration information can be found here.
“I am keen to see young people worshiping fervently with their whole hearts and getting motivated to tell people about Jesus,” said Simmons-Smith. “TMI is also a time to grow their faith, and we hope that our young people will mature in their faith walk, as well as with their artistic gifts.”
“My desire is to get our young adults fired up and ready to serve in our corps across the territory. The past year has been difficult for our young people, and I hope and pray that a return to TMI will herald a return to normality, but more than that, a renewed momentum and energy for the challenges ahead.”