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Ginger Wyrick

GINGER WYRICK

Prior to becoming a professor at the UNC Charlotte, Ginger G. Wyrick was the Director of Choral Activities at Queens University (Charlotte) for many years. She is the author, composer and editor of several products from Abingdon Press: "Church Music for Children"; "Church Choir 101"; "The Choir Member’s Companion"; "Joseph: What a Life" (session plan writer); and "52 Arrival Activities for Children’s Choir". Professor Wyrick is active in several music organizations including a stint as past president of the NC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and others. At UNC Charlotte she conducts the Women's Glee: The Charlotteans.

Reverand Jackson Henry

REV. JACKSON HENRY

The Rev. Jackson W. Henry is a United Methodist minister and musician who serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Discipleship Ministries. He is an ordained Deacon in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he supports both local and conference-wide ministries.In high demand as a worship leader, guest lecturer, and choral clinician, Jackson has been featured in leadership for events across the United States. He most recently served as an editorial board member and contributor to the new music and worship resource collection, Worship & Song, a joint project between the United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries. He and his wife, Katie, have a very musical home, where their children, Anna and Jack, keep them on their toes!

Gary and Diane Short

GARY AND DIANE SHORT

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 more than 30 years.

Daniel Craig

DANIEL CRAIG

Daniel R. Craig is serving his 24th 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.

Amy Martin

AMY MARTIN

Amy Martin has served as the music director and organist at First United Methodist Church, Paris, TN since 2009.She has worked as a Kindermusik educator since 2004. She teaches classes at both the Lee Academy of Arts in Paris and The Dixie Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon, T.N. In addition to performing in university ensembles, Martin has sung with the Mesquite (Texas) Civic Chorus, the Dallas Bach Society and the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble. Martin is married to Rob Martin, pastor at First United Methodist Church and they have two children, Brittany and Ashley.

Gary and Claudia Smith

GARY AND CLAUDIA SMITH

Gary Alan Smith has retired from The United Methodist Publishing House after service as Senior Editor, Music Resources. He was Editorial Manager of "The United Methodist Hymnal", and editor of "The Faith We Sing", as well as "Worship and Song". He has served United Methodist churches of various sizes for nearly 50 years. Along with Evelyn Laycock, Gary has been a constant presence at Choir Music Weekend since its beginnings.

Claudia Smith is a teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools where she has taught Kindergarten for over 25 years. She has also directed children’s choirs at various United Methodist churches and been involved with crafts for many years.

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