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Choir Music Weekend Leaders


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 freelance 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 more than 25 years.


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 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.


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.