MorningStar specializes in publishing music for churches and schools and maintains an extensive network of music dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in many countries around the world. Started in 1986 by Rodney Schrank and Ruth Lewis, MorningStar has functioned as a non-denominational publishing house focusing on music used in churches whose worship focuses mainly within the liturgical tradition.The first publication list included composers such as Paul Manz, Charles Callahan, Hal Hopson, and K. Lee Scott. Later, composers such as Michael Burkhardt, Robert Hobby, David Cherwien, and John Ferguson were added to create an extensive catalog of music that has been well received over the years. MorningStar’s publication goals have remained constant over these years, and the company has expanded into the publication of books, and has added new series with The National Lutheran Choir, The Washington National Cathedral, Luther College, and Lenoir-Rhyne College.
The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) is a national organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for people who are involved in the areas of worship, music, and the arts. PAM membership is designed to assist worship and music leaders in worship planning, enrichment, employment, attending conferences, networking, engagement and education. PAM is not just for Presbyterians – PAM members represent multiple denominations. PAM hosts the yearly Worship and Music Conference at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina and have expanded their offerings to include an online conference option. To share resources and provide support to congregations, PAM hosts regular town hall forums. PAM also publishes an anthem series and resources booklets on topics such as “Suggested Resources in Church Music and Related Fields” and “Professional Conduct in Adversity: A Guide for Church Musicians.”