NCS Masterclass: Modern Hymn Writing, July 22nd (free for NCS Members)


Powerful 90-minute masterclass

Seasoned published hymn writers

Interactive to answer YOUR questions

Downloadable class outline (PDF)

Keyboard instruction with David Baroni

Discussion of melodic intervals and how to use them

Learn to write powerful lyrics


What makes songs like In Christ Alone (Getty/Townend) or 10,000 Reasons (Myrin, Redman) work in any church anywhere in the world, whether contemporary, modern, or anywhere in-between? Why will these and other “modern hymns” outlive their composers and be in use 100 years from now or more? What are the most important elements these long-lasting hymns have in common and how can you incorporate them in your own songwriting?

In the very first NCS Masterclass in our new quarterly series, John Chisum and David Baroni will offer some of the most valuable insights they’ve used to write and publish their classic hymn O, Mighty Cross featured in two prominent hymnals so far, as well as their composition O, the Wonder, featured by Brentwood-Benson Music in the collection Ready to Sing New Hymns of Faith (2016) and released as a popular octavo to thousands of churches worldwide.

John and David have written dozens of other popular worship songs together through their lengthy collaboration at Star Song Media and Integrity’s Hosanna! Music, and now you can gain powerful tools to write your own classic hymns in this 90-minute masterclass.

You’ll learn:

  • How to choose a powerful title
  • Effective singable melodies and intervals and how to use them
  • Developing verse material that move effortlessly through each section
  • Writing lyrics that can transcend time
  • And much more…

July 22nd 10 – 11:30 am CDT via Zoom Webinar Link

Free for NCS Members/$49.00 for non-members

Downloadable PDF Outline for attendees



David Baroni 

David Baroni is a songwriter, musician, artist, producer, worship leader, author and speaker. He has been involved in Christian worship music for 34 years.

     As a songwriter for Word Music, Integrity Music and his own ministry, Kingdomsongs Inc., David’s songs have been recorded and performed by Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Debby Boone, Alvin Slaughter, Selah, Natalie Grant, Morris Chapman, Sheila Walsh, Paul Wilbur, The Imperials, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and many others. His songs have also been featured in several hymnals.
     Debby Boone and Phil Driscoll won a Grammy for their version of a song David co-wrote: “Keep The Flame Burning.”

     David Baroni served on the faculty of the International Worship Institute founded by Dr. LaMar Boschman for 15 years, the last 8 years as Music Director.

     David has taught, led worship and helped lead international teams doing worship conferences in 30 nations including Russia, Italy, Greece, Nigeria, Latvia and Indonesia. He has a heart for the Lord and desires to help the nations of the earth encounter the Living God and join in the Sound of Heaven, the Sound of Worship, the Sound of the very Life of God in Jesus Christ.
     David and his wife Rita live in Spring Hill, Tennessee and have 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren, 2 boys and 2 girls. They are members of The Gate Community Church in Franklin TN.


John Chisum

John Chisum is the former VP of Publishing for Star Song Media and former Director of Song Development and Copyright for Integrity Media.

John has written and recorded over 400 of his own compositions and helped dozens of songwriters write and publish songs that have impacted nations.

Currently Managing Partner for NCS, John is bringing his 30+ year writing and publishing expertise to help aspiring songwriters worldwide fulfill their own calling to write and see the glory of God grow brighter through excellence and powerful song coaching and resources.

John and his wife, Donna, have one daughter, Aly, and two miniature long-haired Dachshunds, Lucy and Emma.


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