Joyce Blakesley has been the Director of Youth Music for the past 13 years at the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Her 6th – 12th grade youth choir leads worship on a regular basis, has retreats, participates in outreach concerts and events and nationally shares music through Mission Trip Choir Tours every year. She cultivates student and parent Leadership Teams within her program to enable all students to grow their skills and enable the choir to become an open, welcoming group who explores their faith together while growing musically.
She is past Chair of the Board of Directors of YouthCUE, a national multi-denominational group of youth choir directors that work to further the spiritual and musical development of teens through music. She has taught music at the elementary and college levels, has been a church musician, and has been directing youth choirs for over 20 years and has consulted with churches across the country toward starting or growing successful youth choir ministries.