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Choir Music Weekend Leaders

GARY SMITH

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.

GINGER WYRICK

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

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.

REV. LINDA KRESS

Rev. Linda Kress serves as Minister of Music and Worship at Pleasant Grove UMC in the N. Georgia Conference and also teaches miiddle choral arts. She is an author, sought after pianist, retreat leader, and an ordained Deacon.

DEAN MCINTYRE

Dean McIntyre is Director of Music Resources in the Center for Worship Resourcing at the General Board of Discipleship. He has played an integral part in the development for worship resources for the United Methodist Church over the last decade.

CLAUDIA SMITH

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.

KAREN MCINTYRE

Karen McIntyre is the librarian at Westmeade Elementary School in Nashville, TN. She has led storytelling workshops across the country, emphasizing how to fit the meaning of your story into God's story.

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 over 25 years.

DANIEL CRAIG

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.

JUSTIN LOWE

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.