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Choir Music Weekend Leaders


Gary Alan Smith, retired Senior Editor of Music Resources at Abingdon Press, working on The United Methodist Hymnal, Worship & Song, and The Faith We Sing projects. He has served churches in music ministries for over 35 years.


Claudia Smith has been a choir member, bell ringer, and children's choir director for the local church and workshop leader for Music and Liturgical Arts Week. She is a teacher with Nashville Metro Schools.


Ginger Wyrick of Charlotte, NC is an author, conductor, clinician, lecturer, teacher, and performer. When not working in a local church setting, Ginger is a free-lance editor and writer. She is the author of Singing Between the Lines.


Rev. Jackson Henry serves as Minister of Music and Worship at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. He served on the editorial board for Worship & Song.


Gary and Diane Short lead the handbell choirs at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, VA and have been clinicians at Music & Liturgical Arts Week. They have been involved with handbells for over 25 years.


Daniel R. Craig is serving his twenty-fourth year as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Southern Indiana where he conducts the USI Chamber Choir, USI Women's Choir, and lectures in the area of Music History. Daniel also serves as Director of Music Ministries at Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, Indiana where he directs the adult choir program.


Amy Martin serves as Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Paris, Tennessee where she directs the Chancel Choir and the children's and adult handbell choirs. She is also a Kindermusik Educator, bringing music into the lives of young children and their families. Amy and her husband Rob have two daughters, Brittany and Ashley.


Justin is a passionate worshipper and loves creatively designing worship experiences that lead people to encounter the incarnational Triune God.Rooted in historic Christian practices, relevant for this generation, and filled with the Spirit of God are aspects of these worship encounters.For fun, Justin can be found in the garden or the studio working on his technique of dance.He is head over heels for his wife, Melissa, and proud to be a father of Joshua, who is a member of the Church Triumphant.