2019 Alleluia Clinicians
An active church musician for most of his life, Mark Arnold currently serves as Director of Handbell Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Keller TX, where he also plays bass in the worship band and horn in the orchestra. Mark's professional experience includes directing handbell ensembles, teaching school orchestras, leading adult and children's choirs, and playing in community ensembles. In addition, he is an active composer and arranger with several published works for handbell choir, and serves as a board member for Area 9 of the Handbell Musicians of America.
Beau Benson is currently in his fifth season as Music Director/Conductor for the Oregon East Symphony and Chorale and his eighth year as Director of Orchestras for the Midway Independent School District. In addition, he is completing his fourth season as the Conductor for the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Concurrent to his first two years in Waco, Dr. Benson served as Principal Conductor for the Metroplex Opera in Dallas, Texas, following three seasons as Music Director/Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society in Mason, Michigan. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University, and received his Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University, where he also earned bachelors degrees in classical guitar performance and music education. He currently lives in Waco with his wife Amy and their children Loie, Charles, and Henry.
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.
Ted holds bachelors and masters degrees in music from Central Michigan University. In Michigan, Ted served as choir director, cantor, and organist for several churches, taught K-5 grade music at a parochial school and was the co-founder of the Isabella Youth Chorale. Currently, he serves director of music of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Ranger, Texas and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Church Music at Baylor University.
Mark Burrows is a writer, composer, and clinician whose works are published by many major houses. His choral pieces, musicals are performed throughout the world and top many best-seller lists.Mark is currently the Director of Children's Ministries at First United Methodist Church - Fort Worth, Texas. Mark has been called a "thought leader" in the area of children in worship.
Jan Cason serves as the Financial Manager for Truett Seminary. She oversees all financial transactions that occur in the operations of the Seminary and directs the activities of the Seminary's gifts, grants, building, and calendar functions. Jan joined the Truett staff in 2007. She earned her BS from Indiana University, her MDiv from Truett, and her Executive MBA from Baylor University. Jan was the recipient of Baylor University's 2015 Outstanding Staff Award. She attends Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Robinson, where she also serves as the pianist and as a trustee. Jan works with Texas Baptists on the Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders Lilly Grant and enjoys traveling and hosting dinner parties in her home. Jan has two children, Randy and Charva, and six grandchildren.
James Cheesman serves as the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas. James enjoys writing new worship songs and hymns, as well as composing and arranging choral and instrumental music. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Baylor University and his Master's Degree in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has played in praise bands at Baylor, Southwestern, previous Alleluia conferences, and various youth and college ministry events. James has worked with bands of varying sizes in churches across Texas.
Thomas is a retired Minister of Music, having served for 50 years - the last twenty-five at South Main Baptist Church in mid-town Houston. Ordained in 1974, he previously served in similar capacities in Weatherford and Tulia, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Falls Church, Virginia. At each ministry point, Thomas successfully worked to create the ethos in which ministry, musicianship, Christian character, and koinonia developed for all ages by various means, including singing, hand bells, brass ensemble, and various instruments and vocal ensembles.
Erin Conaway is the Pastor of Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Originally from Midland, Texas, Erin graduated from Baylor in 1997 and came back after a year of writing and wandering to attend George W. Theological Seminary where he earned his M.Div in 2001. While at Truett, Erin met and fell in love with Carmen and the two began their marital adventure together in 2000. After graduating from Truett, Erin and Carmen moved to Houston, TX where Erin sold dirt for 6 months and then joined the staff of South Main Baptist Church for the next ten years. He then came back to Waco in 2011 to become one of the Ministers at Seventh & James. Carmen and Erin are the proud parents of Alexandra and Samuel and are amazed and overjoyed as they watch them grow up right before their eyes.
Robert Creech is Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries, and holds the Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership. He joined the Truett Seminary faculty in 2009 following twenty-two years as Senior Pastor at the University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He previously taught on the faculty of Houston Baptist University. He co-authored The Leader's Journey in 2003, and Ethics for Christian Ministry in 2017. He has published chapters in several other volumes. He also released his most recent book, Family Systems and Congregational Life, in February 2019. Robert is a native Texan, a Texas Master Gardener and a Texas Master Naturalist. He enjoys the outdoors, his family farm in Floresville, Texas, and coffee. He and his wife, Dr. Melinda Creech, have three children and four grandchildren, and are members of the DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco.
Rollo Dilworth is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University's Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, he conducts the University Chorale. Prior to his Temple University appointment in 2009, Dilworth was director of the music education program and director of the choral program at North Park University in Chicago (1996-2009). Dilworth has a bachelor of science in music education from Case Western Reserve University; a M.Ed. from University of Missouri-St. Louis; and a D.M.A. from Northwestern University.
Randy Edwards is Founder & Director of Programs for YouthCUE, a multidenominational ministry network which includes over six hundred youth choirs in twenty-four states. Randy has conducted over forty major YouthCUE festivals accompanied by professional orchestras across the U.S, Canada, and Korea. Prior to devoting his fulltime efforts to YouthCUE beginning in 2005, Mr. Edwards served for more than thirty years as minister of music at First Baptist Church San Antonio, First Baptist Church Shreveport, Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and now at Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio.
Zach Elkins graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Music Business in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2018. In 2015, he and his wife Madison moved to Waco and landed at Highland Baptist Church where he shortly after became employed and is full-time ministry staff personnel. As Media Director he is overseer of all things social media, video, photo, and podcast of Highland.
Dan is highly active in the music publishing industry, publishing choral music with Hinshaw Music, Beckenhorst Press, and, recently, through his own company, The Music Of Dan Forrest (distributed by Beckenhorst Press). Dan also works as co-editor at Beckenhorst Press, and has published with more than a dozen other publishers.Dan holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in piano performance.
Teresa Granger, a native of North Carolina, holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Choral Music Education from Furman University and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. She also has certifications in Kindermusik and Orff. Currently the Music Teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School in Watkinsville, GA, her teaching career spans over 30 years of elementary music teaching in Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Teresa works collaboratively with the UGA School of Music as a Supervising Teacher for Practicum Students & Student Teachers. In 2010 Teresa was asked to serve on the UGA Department of Performing Arts Education Committee.
Nan Grantham has taught public school music, large piano classes, and finally worked for 25+ years as a church musician. She has worked in large churches with as many as 18 children's groups, but has also been able to work with vocal groups of all ages and even church orchestras. Additionally, Nan has been a curriculum writer for Lifeway Children's Music Series for 25+ years.
Drew is the Worship and Care Pastor at Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He has been on staff there for 11 years. Drew has an undergraduate music degree from Ouachita Baptist University (2006) and an MTS from Truett Seminary (2011). He and his wife Paige have been married for 12 years and have two boys, ages 6 and 4, and are currently in the adoption process.
Dr. Stephen Gusukuma serves on the faculty at Baylor University as Lecturer in Choral Music and conductor of Women's Choir and director of VirtuOSO. Additionally he teaches both conducting courses and private applied conducting. He is the Minister of Music at Seventh and James Baptist Church, in Waco, TX, and has also served as Music and Worship Associate at First Presbyterian Church, Northville, Michigan. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music degrees from Baylor University.
Wynn Anne Hook
Wynn Anne Hook is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Music Education and has taught public school music and continues to teach private piano. She is the director of the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Chorus. She has directed the Singing ChurchWomen small groups and directed one of the three choirs on their mission trip to Romania and is the handbell director for the west choir. She is the church pianist at Village Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
Michael Huerter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is now in his final year of graduate school, pursuing Master of Divinity and Master of Church Music degrees at Truett Seminary and Baylor University. He attends Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, where he is involved in music ministry and the intergenerational choir. Michael recently presented a paper on intergenerational worship at the 2019 InterGenerate Conference in Nashville, and is currently serving as a ministry intern at Second Baptist Church of Little Rock.
Monique M. Ingalls is a researcher, teacher, network builder, and church musician. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, she teaches courses centered on social and cultural dimensions of congregational music-making, and she supervises master's and doctoral research on church music topics. She is the author of Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Shapes Evangelical Community (Oxford University Press, 2018) and coeditor of three books that showcase new interdisciplinary approaches to Christian congregational music. She is also cofounder and program chair for the biennial conference "Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives" in Oxford, UK.
Rory grew up just down the road in Temple, Texas, where his parents helped cultivate his enjoyment of music and love for the local church. He attended college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, and after graduating with a German major, the next logical step was to move to Germany, so he did! Rory taught English there for a year in Wittenberg, the very town where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses and where he learned more about the broader expressions of the church. Upon returning to the States, Rory and his wife Elise moved to Waco to begin graduate work at Truett and Baylor. Rory graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2018 and will begin a PhD in Sociology in the fall.
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. 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.
Dr. McCoy's work in the international choral community includes appearances in Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and Venezuela. He has been a guest conductor/clinician/adjudicator in forty-one U.S. states. In addition, he has served Texas congregations in Baptist, Christian, and Presbyterian churches.
Hart Morris is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (Church Music /Voice) and the University of Houston (Choral Conducting), with additional studies in percussion at Oklahoma City University and the University of Houston. He was Minister of Music at Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1992-2012, and served in the same capacity at churches in Florida, Texas and Tennessee. He has directed AGEHR/HMA National Seminars and festivals, conferences and workshops and twice represented the US as a conductor for International Handbell Symposia. He is a published composer of handbell and choral music.
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.
For four decades, Ken Medema has inspired people through storytelling and music. Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind. His ability to capture spirit in word and song is unparalleled. One of the most creative and authentic artists performing today, Ken custom designs every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description.
Maria Monteiro is assistant professor and chair of the Music Department at Baptist University of the Americas, and music director at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana (First Mexican Baptist Church), in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a doctoral student in Church Music at Baylor University. Originally from Brazil, she has degrees (Bachelor's and Master's) from Baylor University in Music History and Literature, and a certificate of graduate studies in Musicology from Duke University. In addition to her academic and professional experiences, church music ministry has always been a central part of Maria's life: be it singing in the choir, playing the piano for worship services, leading congregational singing, or directing children's choirs. Through these many opportunities for service she has been able to practice and share her music skills and, eventually, to discern her calling as a church musician.
For over 30 years, Barbara J. Newman has endeavored to create communities of inclusion through CLC Network where she serves as the director of church services. Co-administrating inclusive education at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices which she shares at schools and churches nationwide and in her books and practical resources, including Autism and Your Church, Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education, and her latest title, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship.
Dr. Brad Nix currently serves as an editor for Hal Leonard, where he works in the sacred choral division. As a widely recognized composer and arranger, he has written for many of the nation's major publishers and has well over 120 pieces in print. He frequently travels throughout the country as a clinician for reading sessions and conferences. In addition to his work in the music industry, Brad serves on the staff of First Baptist Church of Bastrop, TX. His responsibilities at the church include planning worship, leading worship, and directing several choral and instrumental ensembles.
Reverend LaTonya N. McIver Penny earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Rev. Penny earned her Master of Arts degree in Teaching from East Carolina University and in 2013 received her Master of Divinity Degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In November 2014, Rev. Penny became Senior Pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC.
Gregory Peterson is Professor of Music and College Organist at Luther College. He is also the conductor of Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008. From 2011 to 2017 he served as Head of the Luther Department of Music. He served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. He is also an internationally acclaimed recitalist, having performed in several important venues throughout North America and Europe.
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 best-seller lists and Editor's Choice selections.Heather is also in demand as a clinician and performer, leading master classes and speaking at churches, universities, and worship conferences across the country.
Benji Stegner is assistant organist at St. Alban's Episcopal church in Waco, Texas. He is currently pursuing the D.M.A. in church music at Baylor University, studying organ with Isabelle Demers and serving as the graduate assistant for the organ department. Stegner holds degrees from Oklahoma City University and Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. From 2015-2017, he held a position as Instructor of Music at Piedmont College, where, in addition to teaching, he worked as a collaborative pianist and organist. While at Piedmont, he collaborated regularly with the theatre department, composing original music for Hush: An Interview with America and musically directing Chicago, Merrily We Roll Along, and 9 to 5: the Musical. Stegner has served a number of congregations, including All Souls' Episcopal Church (Oklahoma City, OK), First Presbyterian Church (Gainesville, GA) and First Baptist Church (Toccoa, GA). His research interests focus on 20th-century American composers of church music, particularly that of Calvin Hampton. In March, he presented research on Hampton's hymn tunes as part of the Syracuse Legacies Conference at Syracuse University.
Robert Sterling is a songwriter, Dove Award-winning arranger & record producer, author, and teacher. Artists including Point of Grace, the Gatlin Brothers, Gold City and Sandi Patti have put his songs at the top of Christian radio charts. His choral music is sung every week in churches around the world. And he is the author of The Craft of Christian Songwriting (Hal Leonard Books).
Jordan graduated with his undergraduate degree in May of 2015 and began his graduate degree at Baylor in August of the same year. As a graduate student at Baylor, Jordan served as the arranger-in-residence for Baylor's pop a cappella choir VirtuOSO, which premiered his arrangement of Summertime with the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Jordan has composed or arranged over 45 pieces of music and his arrangements have been performed internationally in Australia, England, and Dubai. In 2018, Jordan's award-winning wind ensemble piece Lament and Proclamation was selected for the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List. As a pianist, Jordan has served in churches throughout Central Texas since 2010. Jordan currently teaches music theory at Baylor University and various music classes at Central Texas College.
Randall Umstead, tenor, holds the Charles W. Evans Chair in Voice, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the Division of Vocal Studies, and an Associate Professor at Baylor University. He received his education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA and MM) as a student of Barbara Honn, and Oklahoma Baptist University (BM). Twice a fellow at Tanglewood, he has performed extensively as an operatic and concert singer in the US, Europe, and South Africa. Largely now focused on baroque, classical, and contemporary works, he has appeared as a soloist with the Flagstaff Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bach Societies of Houston, Dallas, and Dayton. Dr. Umstead serves as governor for the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2010 International Vocal Competition's-Hertogenbosch and a finalist in the American Bach Society's 5th Biennial Vocal Competition.
J. Elaine White, Ph.D. began her teaching career in vocal music. She later changed to English and eventually taught English education classes at the University of Oklahoma and The University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently president of Baylor Lifelong Learners and an active member of the Intergenerational Choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, TX.
Terry W. York is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Christian Ministry and Church Music at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1998 after serving three years as the Associate Pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University and his Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.