Declaring His Name is a youth choral festival held on November 2nd-3rd, 2018. This year will be the 8th annual choral festival.

Declaring His Name is a weekend event where your youth choir, home school group, Christian school choir, or an individual young person may come and lift up their voices in song. It provides a fun opportunity to learn with other young people the delight of making music and how to sing unto our God in an organized  choir. This event is for 7th grade through young adult (college age or 20’s) persons who love to declare God’s Name through the art of Music!

We are gearing up for a fantastic time of praising God in song and fellowshipping with believers. This year’s theme of “Life of Service – Near and Far” centers on being Christlike servants to fellow Christians as well as fulfilling the Great Commission. After rehearsing together on Friday night and Saturday, the event culminates with the young people providing a sacred concert—Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Milltown, WI. All are invited to this worship service!

Registration Times and Housing

Singers may come Saturday or come early for a jump start on Friday evening. For those coming Saturday, registration will be from 8:25-8:40 a.m., and for those coming Friday night, registration will be from 6:40-7:00 p.m. Overnight housing will be available Friday evening for those wishing to participate both days.

Check out a testimonial video highlighting the unique features of Declaring His Name.


Registration Forms

Looking for additional registration forms, check out: 2018 Flyer

Kurtz 3Guest Conductor: Dr. Dean Kurtz is an established name in the Mid-West. He was raised in Minnesota and attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College where he met his wife Brenda and where he received degrees in Bible and Music Education. Later he received higher degrees in Bible, Sacred Music at Pensacola, and Doctor of Ministries at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. Kurtz has been involved with leading music and worship in Christian ministries for 35+ years both at Calvary Baptist in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and currently as Adult Outreach and Worship Pastor at Calvary Baptist in Watertown, Wisconsin. Dr. Kurtz is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). Dr. Kurtz has been blessed to serve the Lord in many ways such as preaching, music teaching, leading choirs, serving as an adjunct professor, running an addiction ministry, speaking at conferences, and writing a book on music and worship in the Bible. Dr. Kurtz is passionate about knowing God and is excited to point young people towards a vibrant walk with God using beautiful choral singing as a vehicle for life change. Dr. Kurtz has experience and success in understanding and helping the maturing singers reach their potential in engaging rehearsals and performance.


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Speaker: Pastor Marlon Mielke received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Mielke pastored two churches in Minnesota before the Lord called him to the current ministry at First Baptist of Milltown, Wisconsin. Besides pastoring, Pastor Mielke has played active leadership roles with national, state, and local church fellowships, board member for Pillsbury and Central Seminary, and Dean for Camp Shiloh. He will be preaching the Word at the evening sacred service.




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Accompanist: Joy Mielke received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sacred Piano from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. She serves as a pastor’s wife & has taught piano for over 36 years. Joy loves to share God’s gift of music with others. It has been a real joy to have her play the piano every year since Declaring His Name started in 2011.







Director: Jared Mielke received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Maranatha Baptist University and Master of Arts in Church Music from Maranatha Baptist Seminary. Jared operates kNOW Music Studio and is an excellent well rounded musician. He has studied piano for 17 years, and organ for 12 years. He has also received training in conducting at both the undergrad and graduate level. He is passionate in helping other people enjoy music.





Rehearsing and Recordings

All participants are responsible to have the music well prepared. This means already knowing their parts well before coming! A recommended commitment of 30 minutes a day for 3-4 days a week is suggested. This preparation is essential. We look forward to your attendance!

Recordings of many of the songs are posted so you can hear how the songs will sound.

When We All See Jesus Medley

Go Ye

The Servant Song

(Can also be heard by clicking “preview” at:

Fill the Earth with Praise

(A better audio recording can be heard by clicking “listen” at:

For the Sake of His Name

The Great Commission

(Two recordings – one sounds better and the other has better camera work.)

Jesus Keeps Me Singing (Men’s Piece Only)

Table Grace

Although this song will not be sung at the concert, this song will be sung around meal times.

God Be with You till We Meet Again

Soprano Rehearsal Tracks

A World We Never Touch (Ladies Piece Only – helpful for all the ladies to hear the melody)

Brighten the Corner

Participants’ Dress Code

     – Ladies may come modestly casual. No tight or low “scooping” shirts, inappropriate writing on shirts, tight pants, or ripped jeans. To wear with their polo for the sacred concert, they must bring a nice long, loose fitting jean skirt (without any printing on it or front slits) and close toed dress shoes (no flip flops or tennis shoes).

     – Men may come modestly casual. No tight shirts, tight or ripped jeans, or inappropriate writing on shirts. Men must bring dressy khaki pants and dress shoes (no tennis shoes) to wear with their polo for the concert.

     – Brown dress shoes for the concert are preferable for ladies and men but are not required.