Just a Few Days Away!

IMG_0522Are you Ready??
Have you Registered?

Well a sufficient number of other folks have registered (19 as of today), and we are moving ahead!  You’ll want to get registered now because there’s another session (who will be our audience on Saturday night) that is quickly taking the available cabin space. So get registered now if you haven’t done so!

As far as being ready, I’m not quite ready myself! I still have a presentation to complete for my Friday session and I haven’t even begun a song to the title  “START“.

Yosi Mesbah in Nashville however has already written one and it’s GOOD. She said “it’s not finished” but are they ever?  Heck, it sounded good to me!  If you’re on Facebook, and are friends with Yosi, you might see it here:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152753497724098&set=vb.528989097&type=2&theater

So, I’m working to prepare my presentation on DIY tools, tips, and tricks, and hoping inspiration will strike me with a song very soon.  I’m looking forward to hearing what songs others write.  But I’m most excited about seeing the faces of, and making some music again with, friends old a new.

Come Join the Fun!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


The 12th Annual Music Industry Weekend
at Bosch Bahá’í School “Putting Ideas Into Action”

JOIN THE FUN!: 13-16 November 2014

to keep the Venue Open

We have a great line up of SONG-WRITING talent to help you songwriters hone your craft!

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Robert Gillies will share a Songwriting Fundamentals session AND an Advanced Workshop! Professional science-fiction novelist AND songwriter Maya Bohnhoff will instruct us in “Mining Stories for Songs”.

AND we’ll have another SONGWRITING CHALLENGE like last year!

The song title will be announced 13 October (30 days to work your craft).

On the PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION side of the house we will have veteran performer Alan James tuning up your Stage Presence and Jeff Bohnhoff, producer and recording engineer at Mystic Fig Studio, teaching us about Recording and Production.  Darrell Rodgers (me) will offer a session too, on Tools and Tips for the DIY musician

Our great friend Chuck Thrapp is coming to host SONG-CIRCLES in the Lodge giving everyone a chance to share new material in an intimate and friendly environment.

SING-ALONG Leaders! A Special Workshop is coming for YOU! This year’s Music Industry Weekend will include a special session designed to help you become a sing-along leader in your community AND teach you to TEACH OTHERS how to do so as well. This “Train the Trainers” course will be conducted by several MIW alumni with real skills in the process of awakening the “inner songbird” in all our friends. Rana Chang, and Jean T. Quinn,  both highly accomplished group-sing leaders themselves, will share their techniques for energizing the singers in your community.

And for those singers with a spirit of adventure, you will be more than welcome to lend your voices in collaborations with other musicians during the weekend.
This will certainly expand the HARMONY of this wonderful weekend! Come Join The Fun!

On-line Registration accessible be through this web site (see upper right corner!)

Here’s a pdf of the 2014 Music Industry Weekend schedule


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator   
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

wow woW WOW!

WOW!  What a weekend we just had! – SEE “UPDATES” Page for Darrell’s Report

2013 Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha'i School

2013 Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School

In eleven years of Music Industry Weekend, our Saturday night show was perhaps the most professional presentation yet!

That’s not to say that past years weren’t fantastic, they were, but THIS year had a special quality that is hard to compare. The participants performed with such skill that it took my breath away several times.  This was a stellar example of collaboration making a product greater than the sum of its parts.

I want to thank our presenters for their efforts:
Thank You Chuck Thrapp for hosting our song circles and making even our most novice performers feel appreciated.
Thank You Russ Salton for laboring into the night to record and mix tracks for our participants.
Thank You Alan James for your skillful dissection and reassembly of our stage presence.
Thank You Robert Gillies for sharing songwriting techniques and pushing us to do what songwriters do, right now.

And Thank You to our participants for contributing your talent and spiritual energy to our 11th annual gathering.

I have about 800 photos to transfer from our camera and much much much more to share, as soon as I can unpack and get things put away. I will be back soon!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

SONGWRITING CHALLENGE Song Title Announcement!

OK all you songwriters, here’s the challenge! You have 30 days to write a song to this title

“Fire and Flame”

We’ve got 30 days! Let’s get busy!!
Scroll down for information about Music Industry Weekend 2013 and register soon!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

2013 Music Industry Weekend is on the way!


I have been working on our agenda for the upcoming Music Industry Weekend (Oct 24-27) and conferring with several of our main presenters. While we are still working out the details, I want to share with you our there:

“Fanning the Fire of Action through Music!”

This weekend is being designed as a pragmatic aid to our younger musicians of service in the wake of the 95+ Youth Conferences happening around the globe.

We thought “Who better to keep the fires burning in the hearts of the youth than those Baha’i musicians who attended!”

And to that end, we determined that the skill sets of greatest immediate importance are those that improve CONTENT and DELIVERY!

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

So I am pleased to announce that Mr Robert Gillies, award-winning, internationally recognized songwriter and performer will be presenting workshops on SONGWRITING.  Robert, who has a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music,  is a true professional and his sessions last year were deeply appreciated by all who attended.

To make the event even more exciting, we will issue a SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE on September 24th giving those who accept the challenge, 30 days to write a song with the title we will announce. So, watch this space and the Baha’i Musicians Group International on Facebook, for the song title on 24 September.  On Friday of our Music Industry Weekend, we will all share our new songs of the same name. This will be huge fun.

So, that’s content. But what about Delivery?  TREAT NUMBER 2: We have a “coalition of forces” coming together to present PERFORMANCE and stage presence techniques that help you engage and inspire your audience. This is an art unto itself and no one is better at audience engagement than Mr. Chuck Thrapp of the group “Sugar Pine”

Chuck Thrapp performs his "In-Law Blues"

Chuck Thrapp performs his “In-Law Blues”

which has for 30 years been thrilling audiences of diverse background in the Yosemite area.  Chuck will be joined by veteran performer Mr. Alan James, whom many of you know as a tough task master of stage presence tune-ups. And Yes, Alan will be providing those workshop sessions as well to give you personal attention.  And just to make it fun, Robert and I will join the performance presentation team. Between the four of us, we feel confident we can help you light fires in the hearts in your audience.

And just to sweeten the appeal, we will also have Mr. Russ Salton with us again this year and he’s bringing his recording equipment. This is an opportunity to get a track recorded by a man who knows what he’s doing.  Russ works very hard each time he brings his studio to Bosch but he says its a labor of love.

There’s more coming, so stay tuned, and make plans now to join us for our 11th Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Music Industry Weekend 2012 – success!

Our TENTH Music industry Weekend was great!  I want to share some photos with you…

I hope you enjoyed those and will make a plan to join us next year, October 24 – 27, 2013 for the 11th Music Industry Weekend. Subscribe to this website to stay apprised of the plans as they develop, and to keep up to date on our alumni activities.

I will be building an additional scrapbook as time permits and establishing another Flickr site too!

Here’s a couple photos of the “firepower” we had on site

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Weekend Promo Video

Here’s what’s Happening next week:


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist