Author List

Allan Robert Petker

Allan Robert Petker is a published composer and arranger with over 250 published works. His conducting books, “Choral Questions andAnswers,” have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material. His crusade to offer a cure for musical illiteracyculminated in the publication of the ADVANCE learning series. As a composer for hire he has written original scores for live performance and T.V. commercials which have appeared on the CNBC network. Allan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from California State University at Northridge in music, specializing in viola (BA), voice and choral conducting (MA). He has been an active church choir director since 1973, and is currently the Minister of Music at the San Pedro Presbyterian Church in California.

Bob Burroughs

BOB BURROUGHS is known primarily as a composer and arranger of church music. He has been active in church music for 55 years, having served as Minister of Music in both full time and part time situations, as well as serving on the music faculty of Samford University, Mercer University and Palm Beach Atlantic University--as Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Theory and Composition. He was, for eight years, Director of the Church Music Department, Florida Baptist Convention, Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently the Editor of CREATOR magazine.

Babbie Mason

Babbie Mason is an American gospel singer, songwriter, writer, and adjunct professor of songwriting at Atlanta Christian College and Lee University, and also a television talk-show host.

Betty Thompson

Betty Thompson has served as the Music Director in many of the churches where her husband has pastored. She is also a freelance writer, and has been published in Advance, Woman’s Touch, Pentecostal Evangel, Motif, Ministries Today, Seek, The Lookout, The Vision, The Preacher’s Magazine and Creator.

BOB HATFIELD

Bob Hatfield has been the Minister of Music for the Dawson Baptist Church for the past 35 years. Under Bob’s leadership, Dawson choirs have been involved in annual mission trips throughout the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and China. Bob is a graduate of Samford University (Bachelor of Music), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music) and Beeson Divinity School (Doctor of Ministry).

Branon Dempsey

Branon Dempsey is the CEO, Founder and Training Director of Worship Team Training® (www.worshipteamtraining.com) a ministry providing workshops and online resources for local worship ministries, since 2004 in serving 40+ churches per year. With over twenty years experience as a Worship Leader, Teacher, Author and Songwriter, Branon is called to lead worship teams, leaders and artists in becoming authentic leaders of worship and followers of Jesus Christ. Branon holds a Master of Arts in Divinity and a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Performance. Want more for your team to learn? Get a full hands-on WeekendWorkshop. Why pay for two people to go to a mega conference when you can have your own for the same price? Visit: http://www.worshipteamtraining.com/Registration

Chris Alford

A long-time worship pastor of 20 years, Chris Alford is now lead pastor of Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community. Located in Sacramento, California, Epiclesis is the first church start of its kind in the nation. Chris is also the founder and board chair of the Ancient-Future Faith Network which just launched its brand new interactive website.

C Harry Causey

Harry Causey is a Christian choral and orchestral conductor, author, composer, arranger, orchestrator, speaker, and radio host. His national reputation began when he served as Minister of Music for the College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr. Jerry R. Kirk, Pastor). His innovative worship leadership brought visitors from throughout the country to observe and learn. In 1984, he founded the National Christian Choir in Washington, DC and serves as their full time Music Director and Executive Director. He is a published composer and arranger of more than 100 choral anthems. He was ordained as a pastor in 1981 by the Evangelical Church Alliance. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Antietam Bible Seminary in 2006.

Cort Bender

has degrees in Music with emphasis in Voice and Conducting from Tarkio College in Missouri and California Institute of the Arts. He has done postgraduate work at Westminster Choir College and studied and taught at UCLA for 7 years. He has worked as a conductor, singer, actor, composer, producer, stage director and teacher. Through the Schuyler Institute for Worship and the Arts and Cortlandt S. Bender and Associates, he has worked with theologians, seminaries, and ruling bodies including the Graduate Theological Union, Hebrew Union College, Princeton Seminary, The Earl Lectures, and the National Association of Church Musicians in the design of worship services for all occasions. Cort is Associate Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, California.

Craig Curry

Craig Curry (craigcurrymusic.com) is a widely-published composer/arranger, jazz educator (Friends University), and former worship pastor based in Wichita, Kansas. His newest project is The Jazz Hymn Club (jazzhymnclub.com), an online subscription service for sacred jazz combo arrangements.

DAN WAGNER

Dan Wagner has served in music ministry for nearly twenty years. Along with choral and orchestral directing, he is skilled in worship planning, voice-building as well as vocal coaching. He is comfortable working in multiple music genre including contemporary and gospel, and is also experienced in planning major concert, worship and arts events. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with Masters Studies at Minnesota State University and St. Cloud State University.

Danny Von Kanel

Writer, musician, and church growth consultant Danny Von Kanel was born in Macon, Mississippi, in 1955. He received a bachelor’s degree from William Carey College and a master’s from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Daniel Sharp

Daniel Sharp is the Minister of Worship Arts at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, FL. He holds the BME from Wheaton College, MME from Drake University and a DMA from the University of Southern California. He has served churches in Lexington, MA, Newport Beach, CA, Seattle WA, San Diego, CA, and now in Orlando. He is the author of the children’s musical Three Wee Kings, as well as various articles for Worship and Creator magazines. He was a contributor to The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Ed. Robert Webber, NIV Worship Study Bible, Ed. Buddy Owens, and Transforming Power, Ed. Hugh Balou. He has served as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Wenham, MA, and is past president of the National Association of Church Musicians.

David Leestma

David Leestma is Minister of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas

David Music

David W. Music is Professor of Church Music at Baylor University, where he has taught since 2002. He also serves as director of the annual Baylor Sacred Harp sing. Music is the author of over 200 articles and reviews in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed., 2001), Worship Music: A Concise Dictionary (2000), The Hymn, The American Organist, Choral Journal, and other books and periodicals.

David Benz

Dr. David Benz is the President, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Verses and Voices. He is considered a master teacher who models the highest levels of artistry. Through Verses and Voices, Dr. Benz’ educational vision to integrate the arts and the humanities is creating a new collaborative model for the future of arts education.

Diane Bish

Diane Bish is an organist and composer as well as executive producer of the Joy of Music television series. As a concert organist, she performs frequently at recitals throughout North America and Europe

Dianna Andrews

Rev. Dianna Andrews is an ordained minister with the Wesleyan Church, and currently a student in the Masters of Arts in Ministry program at Indiana Wesleyan University Wesley Seminary. Dianna lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and works at the Institute for Worship Studies as the Assistant Chaplain and Assistant to the President.

Dennis Jewett

Dennis Jewett is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Vocal Studies and Music Education at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He also serves as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Owensboro, Kentucky. Professor Jewett has taught extensively in areas of the boys changing voice. He was guest lecturer at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and the Curso International de Regencia Coral in Rio de Janiero, Brazil as well as workshops for the Voice Care Network, Iowa ACDA, and the Hartt School Summer Choral Symposium. As a church musician, he has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Churches in Dandridge, TN, Fort Valley, GA, Arlington, TX, and Shreveport, LA as well as for 16 years as Director of Music at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, Minnesota.

Doreen Rao

Celebrated internationally for her moving concerts and inspirational teaching, Doreen Rao’s pioneering career changed the landscape of choral music in America. Linking the goals of music performance and teaching with the values of diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility, Rao's seminal work teaching children to sing inspired a generation of conductors and teachers to lead young choirs in schools and communities around the world. In a national tribute presented by the American Choral Director’s Association, the eminent conductor Robert Shaw wrote: "The world of choral music owes her special thanks. She is preparing our future."

Doug Lawrence

internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences by utilizing his more than 35 years of "deep trench" worship leadership in prominent mainline churches.

Dr Alan E Brisco

Dr. Alan E. Brisco is the founder of The Cornerstone Community, a ministry to those who oversee or influence change in Christian contexts.

Stephen Phifer

Stephen Phifer is a worship educator who teaches online for The University of Valley Forge and Bethesda University. He also teaches at Trinity College of Florida. He holds a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies and is a veteran worship and music minister with more than forty years of service. His passion is worship renewal in the church. He lives and writes in Bartow, Florida.

Dwayne Moore

Dwayne Moore is founder of Next Level Worship (nextlevelworship.com). He is also Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts at Valley View Church in Louisville, KY. Dwayne has authored multiple books, including the award-winning Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship and the church-wide study, Heaven’s Praise: Hearing God Say “Well Done.” Dwayne has taught and led worship for more than 35 years in over 1000 churches and conferences. He has contributed numerous articles to Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox.

Ed Steele

Dr. Ed Steele is Associate Professor of Music in Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Eileen Straw

Eileen Jones Straw is a nationally-known clinician, curriculum writer/editor, and leadership trainer in the areas of Church Music Education and music for Early Childhood. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Shorter College, and a Master’s Degree in Music and Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. She has also done post-graduate work in Church Music Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

G. SHELLEY REEL CCM

Shelley Reel has been a Director of Music since 1974 for 9 different congregations, across five denominations. A Certified Church Musician in the PCUSA, she has conducted ensembles of all kinds: adult and children's choirs, handbells, liturgical dance, instrumentalists. Shelley also plans and builds worship services and consult with churches on worship practices and analysis.

Glenn Pickett

Glenn Pickett is Associate Professor of Music at California Baptist University, where he teaches ancient and contemporary music history, and all aspects of music composition. Much of his life has been dedicated toward building up the church through music and worship leadership, often counseling church leaders about the scriptural basis, the long-term relational benefits, and historical confirmation of the value of choral and intergenerational worship.

Greg Curtis

Greg was on the original staff team to start Community Christian Church of Yorba Linda, where he served for 27 years, the last 17 of those as Senior Pastor. He is currently Community Life Pastor at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, California.

Greg Asimakoupoulos

Acclaimed writer and poet Greg Asimakoupoulos, who received a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and a master of divinity from North Park seminary, serves as chaplain at Covenant Shores Retirement Community.

Hart Morris

Hart Morris recently retired from his position as music minister for Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa. A well known composer/arranger of handbell and choral music, he has served as a clinician for numerous events in the US, Canada, Japan, and South Korea.

Hugh Ballou

How does a conductor of choirs and orchestras teach leadership? Very enthusiastically! Hugh Ballou teaches leaders around the globe how to build synergy with teams and how to put in place effective processes that bring success to any organization - no matter how big or small.

Jan Sanborn

Pianist Jan Sanborn is a musician whose versatility enables her to perform in a wide range of musical experiences - as soloist, accompanist, and coach - in both classical and popular idioms. Jan has performed with the Roger Wagner chorale on several of their Far East tours, with the Angeles and Pacific Chorales, and Los Angeles Chamber Singers in concert. She is staff accompanist at California State University Northridge, and is a published composer and arranger and member of ASCAP. Ms. Sanborn serves as Organist at Lake Avenue Community Church in Pasadena, and is a clinician for music conferences and seminars.

Jared Erhardt

Jared Erhardt is Worship Arts Pastor at The Peoples Church, Toronto and has been in full-time ministry for more than 15 years. Jared is a worship leader, musician, conductor, producer, teacher, actor, author and speaker. His favorite roles are that of husband and father. Jared has recently published his memoir entitled, Surviving Quintuplets – A Father’s Memoir. For more information, visit JaredErhardt.com

Jonathan D Leeman

Jonathan Leeman is editorial director for 9Marks. After doing undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, Jonathan began his career in journalism. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in theology and worked as an interim pastor. He is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Jonathan edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of five books.

Jim Altizer

Jim Altizer, DWS, has served as a minister of music and director of worship for more than 20 years in three churches. He has also been a professional trumpet player for more than 35 years, performing in the Baroque and commercial arenas. He has produced eight CDs and has authored a worship curriculum titled “Roadmaps for Worship,” a DVD curriculum called “Exploring Worship,” and many other resources. He leads and teaches at conferences nationally and internationally, and has released a textbook on worship leading titled The Making of a Worship Leader. He currently serves as Coordinator, M.A. in Pastoral Studies: Worship Leadership at Azusa Pacific University.

John Savage

Dr. John S. Savage is a lecturer, trainer, consultant, author, and pastor. He a certified Minister of Music and holds a degree in music from Syracuse University School of Music. As a consultant to many organizations, he works in the areas of educational designing, problem solving, conflict management, team building, and leadership development.

Leigh Anne Taylor

Leigh Anne Taylor is an Ordained Deacon who serves Blacksburg (Virginia) United Methodist Church as Minister of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is co-author of "Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through" and a frequent contributor to the Abingdon Worship Annual. She is married to Hugh Ballou and together they have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

Leslie Knight

Leslie Knight is the General Manager of Knight Performace Systems and the Director of Staff for CEOSpace. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership at Fortune 500 companies

Lloyd Larson

Lloyd Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,000 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non-seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd's work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing. He currently directs the adult choir in his home church in addition to being involved in worship planning and leadership.

Leonard Rumery

Leonard Rumery received his doctorate in conducting from Stanford University in 1976. He has played the recorder and other instruments for many years. He and his father Norman Rumery (now deceased) made guitars, harpsichords, virginals, psalteries and dulcimers during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among other teaching assignments, he conducted choirs and taught doctoral courses in performance practice and choral literature at the University of Illinois. A long time church musician, Leonard current serves as Music Director for University Place Christian Church, Champaign, Illinois.

Margaret Marcuson

Margaret Marcuson helps clergy and churches energize their ministry and fund their vision. She speaks and writes on leadership and works with faith leaders nationally as a consultant and coach. Get the mini-course “How to Prevent Ministry Burnout” at http://margaretmarcuson.com.

Marilyn Wilgocki

Marilyn E. Wilgocki was the Director of Choral Music and Handbells at Presbyterian Church of Western Springs from 2007-­2011, and was previously the Director of Music Ministries from 1976-­2006 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Downers Grove, Illinois. A teacher of both public school music for 22 years and private piano and theory instructor for 20 years, Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster College and a Masters in Music Education from Penn State University

Mark C Powers

Mark C. Powers is the author of “Going Full Circle: Worship That Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions”, Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene Oregon, 2013. Join his blog at www.GoingFullCircleBlog.wordpress.com. After 27 years as a worship pastor in four churches, Mark became the Worship & Music Director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2008. He and his wife Kay live in Columbia SC.

Marshall Sanders

Marshall Sanders was born in Wichita, Kansas, into a Christian home with a strong belief in the importance of the church. He grew up active in every part of the church’s life and as his music skills developed, that was the direction God led him – church music. Before going into full-time church music, Marshall spent several years as a recording engineer and producer, working in a studio owned by Bill Gaither. In 1978 he started Creator magazine, which he sold in 1998 in order to focus more on full-time church music leadership. He currently serves as Director of Music at Vista de la Montaña United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona.

Michael Burkhardt

Michael Burkhardt is known for his choral compositions and organ hymn preludes. He frequently appears in concert

Michael Adler

Michael Adler is Worship Pastor at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mitchell Covington

Mitchell Covington leads an active music program at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California which includes 9 choirs and over 300 participants. Mitchell received his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California where he studied principally with Rodney Eichenberger. His choral experience includes work with mixed, children's and women's choruses.

Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson is active as a clincian, writer, and conductor in addition to his duties as President of MorningStar Music Publishers.

Neil Oldham

Neil Oldham has been the worship pastor at LifeQuest Church in Springfield, MO since 2007. He is also the author of BlueCollarWorship.com, which has worship ministry tips, tools, and resources for leading strong in the local church.

Pat Little

Pat Little is the Sanctuary Worship Leader at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California

Patrick Smyth

Patrick Smyth is a business navigator and mentor to business leaders, coaching on effective leadership and management practices, vision, and strategic planning, and accelerating performance. To contact Patrick, visit innovationhabitude.com.

Paul Oakley

Paul Oakley, at the time of his death, was a professor of music and director of choral and sacred music studies at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he led the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers. He was also the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro. Oakley was an internationally known choral and orchestral conductor, concert organist, jazz and gospel musician and a highly respected clinician and collaborative pianist

Marcia McFee

Marcia McFee, Ph.D., is a worship professor, consultant, designer and leader. She travels extensively in order to teach workshops that are aimed at equipping the local church with resources to create meaningful and memorable worship. She lives near Lake Tahoe, where she regularly holds worship design and leadership retreats. Marcia also provides inspiration and worship design help all year long with the Worship Design Studio Online Worship Design Studio Online.

Ragan Courtney

Ragan taught at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee as a Drama and Worship Consultant; and was the Director of the Center for Christianity and the Arts at Houston Baptist University. He has conducted countless workshops across the country on creative worship. Additionally, he has written, directed, and performed in plays and pageants for nearly 25 years including the remarkable presentation "A Christmas Spectacular" at Houston's First Baptist Church.

Randall Bradley

Having served as a minister of music since 1978 and teacher of church musicians since 1989, Randall Bradley is deeply committed to music ministry. He has a passion for building bridges between Christian musicians, and he continually looks for ways to create meaningful dialogue among all who are committed to serving the church through music. A widely published author and speaker, his most recent book, From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music, was recently released by Eerdmans. Dr. Bradley is director of the Baylor Center for Christian Music Studies and the Church Music Program. Additionally, he is the Minister of Worship at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Richard Huggins

Richard Huggins is a musical arranger, producer, performing artist and music editor . His background includes church staff positions, freelance music productions, music evangelism and music leadership roles at state and national Baptist denominational events. He also has been pianist or organist at four Billy Graham Associate Crusades. His professional background also includes service as the Creative Director, Musicals and Collections, for Word Music.

ROBERT McBAIN

Recognized by colleagues as an advocate for Music Ministry and church musicians, Dr. Robert McBain, with over 30 years’ experience in Music Ministry, brings a new perspective to the challenges facing today’s music ministry programs. His education includes a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Arizona State University and Orchestral Conducting Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Robert Webber

Perhaps the foremost contemporary authority on worship, Dr. Webber was born in Congo of missionary parents, and was raised in the Philadelphia area. He earned the Th.D. from Concordia Theological Seminary. From 1968 to 2000 he served as Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, and was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2000. He was appointed William R. and Geraldine D. Myers Professor of Ministry and Director of the M.A. in Worship and Spirituality at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2000. Dr. founded the Institute for Worship Studies in 1998 and was its first president until his death in April, 2007.

Ron Man

Ron Man is Pastor of Worship/Missionary in Residence at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Stephen Bock

Stephen Bock is President of Fred Bock Music Company.

Stan DeWitt

Stan DeWitt is Minister of Music at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, California

Stephanie A. Parson

Stephanie A. Parson, Ph.D. has over 20 years of executive experience in Fortune 500 companies (public and private sector), she focuses on bringing leaders and their organizations to an Extraordinary Level of Results. She is the founder of the Leadership: From Ordinary to Extraordinary™ workshops. For more information about this workshop and other services, please click here.

Steve Dunn

Steve Dunn is Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama, where he directs several instrumental ensembles. His more than 250 published works - which represent only a fraction of all he has written - are found in the catalogs of numerous different publishing houses.

Steve Garner

Steve Garner has served in the ministry of music in both academia and the local church.

SUSAN DEAL

A native of Texas, Susan Deal grew up in Alabama. She is a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Music Education and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master of Music Degree in Church Music, with a concentration in conducting. Susan has served churches in Virginia and Florida. She joined First Baptist Church of Dalton, Georgia, as Minister of Music and Worship in 2011.

Tim Carson

Tim Carson is the founder of Vocal Artistry and the Vocal Artistry Training Series. A professional singer and vocal coach with a Master’s Degree in Voice from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Tim has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. He has enjoyed a very diverse career performing professionally in Musical Theater, Jazz, Opera, and with bands singing pop/rock. As a teacher, he leads seminars and workshops, and coaches individual clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. Tim was on the faculty at Wheaton College and served as the vocal department head for the Willow Creek Arts Center and played other roles directing singers in his 12 years on staff at Willow Creek Church. Tim’s students include Broadway professionals, recording artists, and thousands of others all over the world who just love to sing. Tim Davis, vocal contractor for the TV show GLEE says, “Tim Carson is an amazing vocal coach…in my opinion the best out there today!”

Tim Price

Tim Price is a worship leader who spends time writing about kingdom stuff: growing the church, reaching the next generation, and effective leadership at timpriceblog.com.

Tom Kraeuter

When it comes to the topic of worship, Tom Kraeuter is one of the leading voices in the Church today. For more information on Tom, his books, his teaching, or his Worship Seminars, contact Training Resources, 65 Shepherd’s Way, Hillsboro, MO 63050, 636-789-4522, staff@training-resources.org, or www.WorshipSeminar.com

Todd Iannetta

Todd Iannetta currently serves as the Student Ministries Pastor of Christ Community Chapel in Northeast Ohio. Above all, he wants the gospel of Jesus Christ to act as deep root system that transforms every part of his life and ministry. He is a husband of one beautiful wife and the father of 3 great kids. He loves Cleveland sports so much it hurts.

Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of progressive initiatives to keep ACDA energized and relevant in the 21st century, inspiring ACDA’s membership to excellence in choral music performance, education, composition, and advocacy. Tim is also in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, where critics characterize his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”. Sharp’s publications include Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts, Precision Conducting, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, Jubilate! Amen!, and Collaborative Creativity. His most recent publication is the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte. Published compositions and arrangements exhibit his interest in conceptual programming as seen in the collections Salvation is Created, An Early American Service of Lessons and Carols, the young voices series including Christmas Messiah for Young Voices, his own choral series through Gentry Publications, and A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass, in which he regularly performs as a guest banjo player. Tim received undergraduate degree at Belmont University, and his MCM and DMA degree from The School of Church Music, Louisville, KY.

Vern Sanders

Vern has served in some form of church music and worship leadership for over 40 years in a variety of denominations both in the US and in Canada. In addition to being Publisher of Creator Magazine, he is a published author and composer. Regularly invited to speak at conferences, he has been a presenter/clinician throughout North America.

Vicki Carr

After retiring from many years serving as pianist for First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas, Vicki Carr now teaches piano at Texarkana Academy of Musical Arts.

Wade Odum

With over 25 years of experience in audio and video production, Wade is considered to be a "go to" guy in the industry. He has served as Director of Media and Technology at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.

William Belan

William Belan has served on the music faculty at CalStateLA since 1980. He has also taught at the University of South Dakota, Long Beach State University and the National University of Costa Rica. Dr. Belan serves as director of the Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies, which provides materials and workshops for choral professionals. He also directs one of largest choral conducting graduate degree programs in the US, known as the “Three Summer MM in Choral Conducting.” Belan is the author of Choral Essays: A Tribute to Roger Wagner (1993) and A Conductor’s Handbook for the Performance of English Madrigals (2007). A third book, A Conductor’s Handbook for the Performance of Latin American Rhythms is currently in publication. Belan is general editor for the William Belan Latin American Series (Gentry Publications), the William Belan Choral Series (Twin Elm Publications) and the Roger Wagner Contemporary Choral Series (Gentry Publications). He holds a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma, a M.M. in conducting from the University of Tulsa, and a B.A. in music from U.C.L.A. Dr. Belan also holds a post-doctoral certificate of executive management from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He keeps an active schedule as guest lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant to not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Belan is also the founder and director of a collaborative project at the Library of Congress: American Choral Music: 1870-1923. This website at the LOC presents choral music from the Library’s vast collection and makes it available for download and public performance.

Wendy Nixon Stothert

Wendy Nixon Stothert completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at Vancouver Island University in March, 2012, receiving the Governor General’s Gold Award for academic achievement. She has taught Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary choral music. Wendy also directs the Just in Time Jazz Choirs and several adult community ensembles in the Comox Valley, BC, Canada. Her most recent project is Choral Valley, an organization that offers retreats, festivals, and workshops for community choirs. Her research regarding Music Performance Anxiety is informing her constantly evolving teaching practice and her personal performance. Singing with people of all ages to help spread positivity through music is one of her greatest joys. Feel free to contact Wendy at stothert@shaw.ca.

William Hatcher

William Hatcher retired from the University of Iowa in 1999 after 43 years of conducting and teaching choral music. Hatcher’s choral ensembles were internationally honored. Concert tours and choral festivals took them to over twenty countries, and they were chosen to perform numerous times for regional and national ACDA Conventions. Mr. Hatcher was also the Coordinator and Associate Director of the 1,000 voice Olympic Honor Choir which sang for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles. He also served as Minister of Music for many years in various churches in Southern California.