2014 Confirmed Clinicians
Pam Andrews is originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and She has her master's degree in music education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Pam has worked with children in music in various capacities for over 25 years. Pam has taught pre-school choirs, children's choirs, and middle school choirs. Pam has also served as a music specialist at Beech Elementary School and Station Camp Elementary School. She has been a public school teacher for 15 years. She is a children's Christian song writer and is known for her curriculum developmental ideas found in numerous teacher resource books she has written. She is the creator of over 50 children's choir musicals including her new release through Pam Andrews Music, "I Am Second." She also is the creator of "Move to the Beat," "On With the Beat," and "Shake, Rattle, and Soul." Pam in recent years has developed Pam Andrews Music and she is famous for her hands-on teaching methods for children's choirs.
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 is the Ben H. Williams Professor of Church Music and Director of the Church Music Program and the Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor University where he is a member of the undergraduate and graduate faculties and directs the Baylor University Men's Choir. With a passion for building bridges between Christian musicians, he continually looks for ways to create meaningful dialogue among all who are committed to serving the church through music. His books Christian Worship: Its Theology and Practice (co-authored with Franklin Segler) and From Postlude to Prelude: Music Ministry's Other Six Days, are widely used as texts in classes in colleges and seminaries. His newest book, From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church's Music
, was published by Eerdmans in September, 2012. Randall is married to Brenda who teaches English at McLennan Community College, and they are parents to teenagers, Hannah and Isaac.
Chuck Bridwell, now retired, served as a full time Minister of Music for 43 years in churches in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky. He now resides in Gainesville, Georgia where he serves as part time Minister of Music at Flat Creek Baptist Church. He has begun a church music consulting service, Music Ministry Tune Up. In addition he is called upon to teach at various music conferences, to conduct choral clinics in churches, and continues writing and arranging choral music for publication. He is also currently serving at the Executive Coordinator of the Baptist Church Music Conference. Mr. Bridwell, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Chuck has musical works published by several different publishers. In addition he has had articles and contributions published in several books and periodicals. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
Dr. Constance Cherry is an experienced professor, worship leader, musician, and pastor, having served in local church ministry and academic teaching positions for more than thirty-five years. She holds a B.A. in music from Huntington University, a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University, and the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Worship from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary where she studied with Robert Webber. She is Professor of Worship and Christian Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana and has served on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies since 2000. Dr. Cherry speaks and teaches internationally in the areas of worship and church music. Her publications include hymn texts and tunes, musical compositions, journal articles, and three books. Her first book,The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services
(Baker Academic, 2010), is used in more than 80 seminaries and Christian universities as a required text in worship courses. She is an active hymn writer with hymns in eight major hymnals published in the last two decades including a solo collection, Proclaim New Hope, published by Hope Publishing Company.
Chris has been Minister of Music and Worship at St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Plano since his graduation from Baylor in 1998. He is a Mississippi native and received his undergraduate degree in church music from Mississippi College. At Baylor, he studied with Donald Bailey and received his MM in choral conducting. Since 2008, Chris has also studied with Donald Neuen and Ronald Staheli. In addition to his position on the Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies Board, he is actively involved with TCDA, ACDA and Choristers Guild. The St. Andrew Chancel Choir was a featured ensemble at the 2009 Alleluia Conference on the Baylor campus.
Dan Forrest was born in Elmira, NY, in 1978. He holds B.Mus and M.Mus degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University, and a DMA in composition from the University of Kansas. His catalog of church music and concert music includes choral, instrumental, chamber, orchestral, and wind band works. His choral works, published with multiple publishers, have received numerous awards and distinctions, and have been performed in venues across the country including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Dan currently divides his time between his compositional endeavors and his duties as Department Head of Music Theory and Composition at Bob Jones University.
David and his wife Emily live in Huntsville, TX, where he serves the Church as a full-time songwriter, worship leader, and vocalist. He has traveled itinerantly for the last 14 years leading worship and speaking at conventions, conferencing, student camps and events, including the 2013 NAMB SENT Conference & the 2013 Frequency EQUIP Worship conference. Locally, he serves his home church, University Heights Baptist, in worship frequently but spends most of his time locally investing as the Director of TRUTH, a college mid-week worship experience for Sam Houston State students where he is the primary teacher on a weekly basis. David has also been a successful songwriter and producer with 6 independent recording releases as well as 3 independent projects where he was the co-producer and producer for other churches and worship leaders. David was most recently awarded The Male Vocalist, Male Artist, and Songwriter of The Year at the 2013 Gospel Music Association and Lifeway Resources: Immerse Conference in Nashville, TN. David has served previously as a Worship Pastor for churches in The Woodlands and Frisco, TX, and was a Worship Associate at FBC Euless under Robert Elkins for many years. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree emphasis in Music Business.
David's desire is to be a blessing to the body of Christ in any way he can by partnering with local churches in areas of worship leadership, teaching, mentorship of younger ministers, songwriting and producing, and sharing songs of ministry and worship.
Stacey V. Gibbs matriculated at Kentucky State University where he served as student conductor. He has been in management for over 18 years. His music is published by Gentry Publications, Colla Voce Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Pavane Publishing, Hinshaw Music, National Music Publishers & Alliance Publications. His spirituals have been performed by The United States Air Force Sergeant Singers, Stellenbosch University Choir of Africa, The Aeolians of Oakwood University, The Westminster Singers, The U.S.C. Chamber Singers and many other college, university and high school choral ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been performed at all state festivals, M.E.N.C., regional and national A.C.D.A. Conventions. The Stacey V. Gibbs Choral Series debuted in February, 2010 with "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." It was listed as the "Editor's Choice" in 2010 by J.W. Pepper. "Didn't It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs" was released in 2012. He conducted renowned artist, Simon Estes & the Wartburg Choir performing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." His setting of "Way Over in Beulah Lan" was performed at the 57th Inaugural Service for President Barack Obama. "Great God Almighty" was selected for the Texas All State Choir for 2013-2014. Noted conductor & composer Z. Randall Stroope has selected "Way Over in Beulah Lan" for the Festival International Chorale in Rome at the St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in June, 2014.
Dr. Brad Holmes conducts the University Choir and is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University for two academic terms, working primarily with the Choir of Clare College. He returns to England frequently for conducting engagements and choral workshops. Other international invitations have included engagements in Continental Europe and the Far East. Domestically, Dr. Holmes has conducted over two-hundred choir festivals including All-State choirs, regional ACDA honor choirs, district festivals and church music clinics throughout the United States.
Dr. Holmes received the M.M. degree in conducting from the University of New Mexico and the D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University. Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
In his twenty-two years at Millikin University, Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to five traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 singers and five choral staff. The Millikin University Choir has performed at four regional and two national conferences of ACDA.
For over 25 years, Lloyd Larson has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His music compositions and arrangements number well over 1,000 published works-including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas and Easter works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental solo and ensemble publications, orchestrations, and handbell settings. It is his work in the local church, though, which continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing. He is an active participant in his own local church where he currently directs the adult choir in addition to regularly being involved in worship planning and leadership. He has been involved in church music ministry for over 35 years, serving churches in Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota.
Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose. He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. Joseph Martin's website can be found at www.martin88.com.
Dr. David Music is Professor of Church Music in the School of Music at Baylor University, where he has taught since 2002. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, he serves as director of the annual Baylor Sacred Harp sing. Music is the author of Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography (2001), Instruments in Church: A Collection of Source Documents (1998), and Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings (1996). Music is the author of over 200 articles and reviews as well as anthems, service music, hymn texts and tunes, music for recorders, and music for handbells. He served as Editor of The Hymn (the journal of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 1990-96) and as Chair of the New Materials Subcommittee for The Baptist Hymnal (1991). He is a member of the Society for American Music; the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; the Baptist History and Heritage Society, and the Baptist Church Music Conference, which he served as President (2001-02) and Educational Division Vice-President (1992-1994).
Debbie draws on her vast experience as a professional singer, choral conductor and passion for teaching to encourage standards for the handbell and handchime instrument to be musical and worshipful. She maintains a demanding travel schedule of national, international and denominational events as clinician, adjudicator and conductor. For the past three years she has been a visiting professor at Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton Canada. She has been co-conductor for Concordia's Community Chorus, presented workshops and training for schools, church musicians and music educators and adjudicated handbell teams and singers.
In 1983 she founded the handbell ministries of Becks BaptistChurch in Winston-Salem, NC where her ensembles ring on the largest sets of handbells and handchimes that are commercially available. These groups have rung from nursing homes, prisons, churches and hospitals to performances at international events. With the Handbell Musicians of America, she has held elected offices on the National Board as Area 3 Chair (1997-99), National Secretary (1999-2003), and
the National Presidential cycle (2003-2008). Since 2008 Debbie has served as Executive Director for the International Handbell Committee.
Vernon Sanders has been a rock musician, a college professor, an expatriate, a jazz pianist, a non-profit arts foundation administrator, an author, and a music publisher. He served for many years as Associate Professor/Director of Choral Activities at the University of Regina, Canada, and was Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, California, for 16 years before "retiring" to devote more time to his family and his position as publisher of Creator Magazine, a resource for church musicians and worship leaders. Creator's website serves as the focal point for the Creator Leadership Network, a virtual community of over 4000 church musicians, pastors, and worship leaders who look forward each week to helpful content in the areas of music, ministry, worship, and leadership. Dr. Sanders has been involved in Church Music and Worship Ministry in some capacity since 1957, and as a professional since 1968. His education includes a BA (Music Education) and MA (Historical Musicology) from UCLA, and a DMA (Conducting) from Stanford University, but he learned the most about what music is about and how to interpret it from John Nelson in Aspen, and John Alldis in Europe. He was the founding president of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, the founding Executive Director of the Schuyler Institute for the Arts in Worship, and the founding Charter Member of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. Dr. Sanders served for nearly ten years as the Executive Director of the National Association of Church Musicians. He was for 20 years the managing partner of Thomas House Publications, a music publishing company which was subsequently purchased by the Fred Bock Music Company. His published choral works appear in a number of catalogs, and choirs under his direction have appeared on regional and national radio and television in the US and Canada. He is a frequent workshop leader and guest speaker throughout North America.
Taylor has been pastor at Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, TX, since August of 2006. Before ministering at Southland he served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Marlin. Taylor and his wife, Alyson, have two beautiful children, Sophie and John Curtis. He loves spending time with his family, attempting to play golf, watching Aggie sports, and spending time with other folks who are struggling daily to walk by faith and not by sight. He earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University and his M.Div. and D.Min. from Truett Seminary at Baylor University.
Composer and arranger Heather Sorenson entered the church music industry several years ago, and her name has quickly become a welcomed fixture in the publishing world. Heather is hired by the largest and most respected publishers in the world, and her pieces remain at the top of bestseller lists and Editor's Choice selections.
Diversity is the characteristic that sets Heather's works apart from other artists. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, Heather is now known for her compositions in choral anthems, piano collections, children's series, and orchestrations. Her stylistic diversity is also apparent, as she easily maneuvers both the traditional and contemporary genres of music, often combining the two for a unique blend that has become her artistic fingerprint.
Heather is also in demand as a clinician and performer, leading master classes and speaking at various worship conferences held throughout the country.
Terry Taylor (b. 1955) became Managing Editor of Growing in Grace Children's Music Curriculum in January, 2013. From 1980-2012 Terry served as Minister of Music in churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma.
The son of a pastor, Terry was born in Bowling Green, KY, and grew up in south central Kentucky. He attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he received a Master's Degree in Church Music with a conducting major.
Terry is widely respected for his interest, creativity, and leadership in music ministry to children. He is active as a curriculum writer, composer, conference leader, guest conductor, and music advocate. He has served as a guest lecturer at Samford University, and is a board member of The Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor University.
Hailed as "A world-class virtuoso" and "an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors," Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. A native of Knoxville, TN, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean. He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University where he studied with Joyce Jones. Dr. Welch has also continued his study of organ and piano technique with Sheila Paige. Additionally, he has taught at Southern Methodist University and Baylor University. He is Director of Music & Arts/Organist at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually under the exclusive artistic management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Hartford, CT.
DEBORAH WILLIAMSON, soprano, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice with a related field in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, the Artist Diploma in Opera and the Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Cincinnati, College/Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University. Dr. Williamson is a tenured Associate Professor of Voice at Baylor University and has served as a member of the Voice faculty at The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Having completed two terms as Governor of the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dr. Williamson now holds the office of National Student Auditions Chair with NATS.
A sensitive and expressive recitalist, Deborah Williamson is a noted interpreter of the works of French and American composers, in particular, and will sing a program of French and American compositions as a part of the American Cathedral Recital Series in Paris, France in February of 2014. She has recently appeared in solo recital in Mondavio, Italy; California; Indiana; Tennessee; Iowa; Idaho; Michigan; Oklahoma; Nebraska; and her native Texas. She has also appeared in recital at the Texoma Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, the Hawaii International Conference for the Arts and Humanities, and the College Music Society Fiftieth National Conference in Salt Lake City presenting a program featuring the works of women composers.