2021 Alleluia Clinicians
Bob Avant Handbells Bob Avant is the Director of "The Baylor Bronze", and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, a Masters degree in Music (Instrumental Conducting) and a Masters degree in Education (Instructional Technology). Mr. Avant is currently at First Baptist Church (Austin) where he has been their handbell director since 1994. In 1995, Bob co-founded the Austin Handbell Ensemble which is an auditioned community group, and has served as its director since 1996. Bob is a long time member of the Handbell Musicians of America and has served as Area Chair. He is active as a clinician and also as an arranger with several published pieces for advanced handbell groups. Randall Bradley 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. Don Cason Honoree Don Cason is the former President of Word Music, noted Christian Music publisher. In his twenty-eight year career at the company he has been directly involved in the songwriting careers of Michael W. Smith, Nicole C. Mullen, Wayne Watson, Dennis Jernigan, and David Meece. He has written songs that have been recorded by Christian artists Bryan Duncan, Joni Eareckson-Tada, and Teri DeSario. Cason is the Editor for Keyboard Worship and Praise, a magazine produced by Lorenz containing the best of Christian music for today's church. Cason earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Baylor University in 1976 and completed studies toward a Master's Degree in Music History and Literature at the same university. Cliff Duren worship teams & ensembles Cliff Duren serves as Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. He arranges, orchestrates, and produces music resources for various publishers while also producing various artist recordings. He is very grateful for this opportunity to fulfill his passion of creating resources for the local church.Cliff has won two Dove Awards for his contributions to church music ministry resources. Randy Edwards Youth Choirs 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. David Harris Handbells David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. Leslie Hollon Preaching Leslie Hollon is a pastor, preacher, professor, and author. Leslie serves as Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Previously he was pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky where he was recognized for his outstanding work in the city. Among his most recent writings was "Christian Reconciliation Ministries: Healing Hurts and Building Hope." Among his various responsibilities are the Chairman for Reconciliation Networks of Our World, leadership with the Baptist World Alliance, a Board Member for San Antonio's United Way, and professor in Hardin Simmons University's Doctor of Ministry program. Molly Ijames Reading Session Clinician Molly Ijames is a native of Flint, Michigan, and holds a B.S. in Music Education from Bob Jones University. She spent seven years working for SoundForth Publishing and BJU in Greenville, South Carolina, as her compositions blossomed into mainstream publication. She is widely recognized for her sacred compositions and arrangements in various catalogs with over 200 choral anthems, several seasonal cantatas, multiple piano solo and duet collections, keyboard magazines, and instrumental ensemble pieces in publication. Monique Ingalls Conducting 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. Kimberly Ingram Children's Music Kimberly is a writer, composer, and co-creator of children's musicals and anthems for Open Heart Musicals, Choristers Guild, and Growing in Grace. Kimberly received her BFA from SMU, and teaching certification from UT Arlington. She currently works with elementary choirs at FUMC Garland, and loves creating songs and activities that engage children with Scripture. Victor Johnson Reading Session Clinician Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is currently in his 12th year of teaching at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He is also in his twelfth year as director of the Children's Choir of Texas. Victor attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. To date, he has over 200 octavos and choral products in the catalogs of Heritage Music Press, The Lorenz Corporation, Chorister's Guild, SoundForth, and Hal Leonard Corporation. Sandy Knudson Children's Music Sandy Knudson is the Artistic Director of Oklahoma Youth Sing! (formerly Norman Children's Chorus) and has successfully taught K-5 classroom music for 30 years. She holds a M.M.E. and Kodály certification from The University of Oklahoma. Since 1990, Sandy has served on the faculty of The University of Oklahoma Kodály certification program where she teaches solfege, conducting, and choir. She holds National Board certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Well-known as a clinician, master teacher and guest conductor, Sandy has presented workshops at numerous state and national conferences. She has been guest conductor for honor choirs in Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas and has served as conductor of Circle the State with Song festivals throughout Oklahoma. In 2015, she conducted the OAKE National Children’s Choir. Sandy has earned an Artist-Teacher Diploma under the mentorship of Doreen Rao in the Choral Music Experience Institute. Recognized by OMEA as an Exemplary Teacher in 2010, Sandy was inducted into the OMEA Hall of Fame in 2013. In the spring of 2014, Sandy was awarded the Pam Golden Honor Award by the Oklahoma Kodály Educators chapter for contribution to Kodály music education and the children and teachers of Oklahoma. In 2018, Sandy was awarded Outstanding Educator by OAKE. Jan Kraybill Organ Jan Kraybill is a musical leader and dynamic speaker; a concert organist, pianist, and harpsichordist; an educator, church musician, and consultant. In addition to maintaining a very active concert schedule, Dr. Kraybill is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri; and Organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Overland Park, Kansas. She has served in many local, regional, and national roles in the AGO, The Hymn Society, and the Master Teacher Institute, most recently as Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Lloyd Larson Reading Session Clinician 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 1,500 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. Angela Leonhardt Children's Music Angela Leonhardt is the music specialist at Hidden Forest Elementary in San Antonio where she was named the NEISD 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Orff Chapter and on the Curriculum Oversight and Review Committee for AOSA. Her service to NAfME-Texas includes President, the council of chairs for K-12 Music and Music in Our Schools Month. She serves as an adjunct professor on the music education faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Trinity University. She has also served on the editorial review board of General Music Today, a NAMfE publication. Joseph Martin Reading Session Clinicians 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. Sandra McCracken Songwriting Sandra McCracken is a prolific songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer. She is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what music sounds like and her music has been recorded by various artists. She is a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain for Roots and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more. Jake Mulder Worship Jake Mulder is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he oversees business administration, coordinates new research, develops resources, and helps the team think strategically. He is the coauthor of Growing Young, and has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a youth pastor in the Reformed Church of America, ministry director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia. Terry Taylor Children's Music Terry Taylor is Managing Editor of Growing in Grace Children's Music Curriculum, a comprehensive faith-based resource in use in over 1000 churches and schools in 40 states. From 1980-2012 Terry served as a full-time Minister of Music. He received a BCM from Belmont University and a MCM from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Terry is widely respected for his creativity, advocacy, and leadership in music ministry with children. He is the founder and director of the Children's Freedom Choir and Music City SoundTracks, which reach out to socially and economically challenged children in south Nashville. Terry has two young-adult children, Carrie Beth and Jeremy, and three pretty-much-perfect grandchildren, Cayden, IsaBeall, and Hudson. Andre Thomas Conducting Andre J. Thomas is the recently retired Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He was appointed Professor of Choral Conducting and Interim conductor of the Yale Camerata 2020-2021. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa. Terry York Ministry 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. From 1984-1995 he served at the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources) in Nashville, TN. His duties there included being the Project Coordinator for The Baptist Hymnal, 1991. In all, Dr. York has published more than 40 hymns including the well-known Worthy of Worship. In addition to his hymns, Dr. York has published more than 60 choral anthem texts set by composers such as Bob Burroughs, Tom Fettke, Mary McDonald, Earlene Rentz, David Schwoebel, Joseph Martin, and Victor C. Johnson.