2022 Alleluia Clinicians
Pam Andrews Children's Music Originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Music has been a life-long activity for Pam Andrews. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. After college, Pam was a performer at Opryland USA in Nashville working also as a commercial actress for several years. In recent years, Pam achieved her Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Pam has taught elementary music for almost 20 years in Sumner County Schools and is the music specialist at Station Camp Elementary School. Pam is also an avid songwriter of children's Christian music having written and produced over 60 children's choir musicals and over 600 songs for children. She has worked with various publishers in the Christian music field and now has her own publishing company, Pam Andrews Music. Anton Armstrong Conducting Anton Armstrong is the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Chair in Music, Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, a position he assumed in 1990. He came to this position following ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served on the faculty of Calvin College and conducted the Campus Choir, the Calvin College Alumni Choir and the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Anton Armstrong earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. He holds membership in several professional societies including the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, Chorus America, and the International Federation for Choral Music. He also serves as editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Jeff Barnett Technology Jeff Barnett is the Director of Worship Sales at Sweetwater. He has 25 years' experience in worship technology as a live sound and recording engineer, system designer, installer, educator, and musician. Jeff works with thousands of churches and worship artists from all over the world, including Jesus Culture, David Crowder, Shane & Shane, and many more. Jeff enjoys working in his home studio and singing with his a cappella group, Smooth Edge 2. Jeff and his wife Brit are proud parents of six kids and are still trying to figure out where the youngest one's left shoe is. (If you find the shoe, please let him know.) John Behnke Handbells Dr. John A. Behnke enjoys composing and arranging having nearly 500 compositions in print with nineteen different publishers in the United States, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Concordia University, in Mequon, Wisconsin where for 29 years (1986-2015) he taught organ, church music courses, and directed The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia's touring handbell choir. He was the organist and choir director at Historic Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee, from 1990 until 2019, and the director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble and Music Editor of AGEHR Publishing – Handbell Musicians of America from 2003 until 2019. More information can be found at www.johnbehnke.com Stephen Bock Music Copyright Stephen Bock serves as President of Fred Bock Publishing Group, a job he completely enjoys. After graduating from Occidental College, Mr. Bock spent fifteen years in the television and film business, working as a writer, producer, and editor on many award winning documentaries and network specials. Following the untimely death of his father, Fred, Stephen returned to the family business in 1999 and has been there ever since. He says that his tenure in the music publishing business has been a "thrilling ride and I'm glad to be working with such universally talented and nice people." He served as the President of the Church Music Publishers Association from 2009-2010, and has been the Vice-Chairman of the Church Music Publishers Action Fund since 2015. Mr. Bock resides in Los Angeles, with his wife Lisa, daughter Kaylee, son Alexander, and two annoying dogs that deserve no other attribution based on their behavior this morning. Allison Blumenthal Children's Music Allison Blumenthal joined the Growing in Grace team in 2019 as the Older Children, now Elementary, Design Editor. A native of Rochester, New York, she is an elementary general music educator, collaborative pianist, piano and elementary voice teacher, musical theater and choir director, composer, and curriculum editor. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and both a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano and K-12 Music Teaching Certification from Louisiana State University. Prior to her time at Growing in Grace, Allison taught public school elementary general music in Tennessee and Louisiana, served as a church music director in Georgia, and as a church pianist in all three states. In addition to her role at Growing in Grace, she is an adjunct collaborative pianist at Middle Tennessee State University, has a private studio of piano and elementary voice students, and serves at St. Paul's Episcopal church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as the director of Junior Choristers, pianist for Senior Choristers, and as a member of the adult choir. She and her husband have a house full of rescue cats and a three-legged dog named Clover. 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. Constance Cherry Worship The Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry served as Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry in the School of Theology and Ministry where she developed the Christian Worship department at Indiana Wesleyan University from the ground up since 2004. Constance has decades of experience in full-time local church ministry as both director of music and worship, and pastor. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where she continues to teach in the Doctor of Worship Studies program since 2000. She travels extensively to speak nationally and internationally, is a published composer, and is the author of five books. Eric Czechowski Band-Led Worship Currently the Creative Director at First United Methodist Church Richardson (Richardson, TX), Eric has served in a variety of creative and musical roles on church staffs in traditional and modern capacities and in a number of denominations. He has a B.M. in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and has been a primary worship planner and leader for events including the North Texas Annual Conference of the UMC, Perkins School of Theology Convocation (SMU), and countless others. In 2016, Eric co-founded Oak Strategies, a consultancy existing to help churches posture their congregations to encounter the Living Christ in during a worship experience. Eric has shared the stage with artists including Jars of Clay, Josh Wilson, Wayne Watson, Andrew Greer, and others, and he can be heard on hundreds of jingles for radio stations across the country. Eric is married to his wife Valerie and is the proud dad of two kids, Carson and Evelyn. 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. Susan Eernisse Children's Music Susan Eernisse earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Education degrees from Berry College. She completed Levels I, II, and III of Orff-Schulwerk Certification at Shorter University and the University of Kentucky. Susan taught elementary music in public and private schools for 20 years, and has also taught courses in music education at the college level. Susan is a veteran writer and freelance editor of children's music teaching materials, including work for Growing in Grace Children's Music Curriculum and Choristers Guild. She is a respected children's choir clinician, and has served on the faculties of children’s music camps and festivals for many years. She is married to Dr. Glenn Eernisse. They currently serve together as Associate Music Ministers on the staff of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Stephen Gusukuma Conducting 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. Monique Ingalls Ministry & Ethnomusicology 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. Nikki Lerner Multicultural Worship Leadership Nikki Lerner is a culture coach, speaker, artist, and author helping individuals and organizations move from monocultural to multicultural. With over 20+ years as a practitioner and leader in the area of multicultural work and life, her passion is to equip others with the inspiration and information needed to move one step closer towards healthy diversity. Nikki is the host of the Culture Coach Podcast, has authored a new book entitled Life Whispers, and is also the co-author of the book Worship Together: In Your Church As In Heaven. Nikki also leads the Multicultural Worship Leaders Network which equips leaders in faith communities with tools for multicultural work & life and as an artist has released 4 solo musical works. You can connect with Nikki, hire her for coaching, or work with her by visiting nikkilerner.com. Chris and Diane Machen Music Industry Having spent over four decades in the field of Contemporary Christian music, Chris and Diane Machen have had influence as singers, songwriters, publishers, actors, studio musicians, choir clinicians and worship leaders. Chris and Diane have recorded for Word Entertainment, Brentwood Records, Urgent Records, Discovery House Music and the Master’s Music Company. They have shared the stage with such artists as Wayne Watson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Larnelle Harris, Charles Billingsly, Steve Green, and The Imperials. They have appeared on national television, and their songs have been played on Christian radio across the nation. In September of 2019 they were inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and in September of 2020 their Choral Collection entitled “Our Faithful God” was nominated for a Dove Award. The Machens continue to contribute to Christian Music in the field of songwriting, having nearly 500 songs in their catalog, including titles recorded by The Gatlin Brothers, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, The Imperials, Gold City Quartet, Luke Garrett, Steve and Annie Chapman, and the Talleys. Chris & Diane have written musicals for publishers like Word Music, Brentwood-Benson, Lillenas, Lifeway, Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard. Their newest venture is a Broadway-style musical entitled Hope In The Heartland which is being produced in secular theaters around the country. Some of their familiar choir anthems, co-written with Robert Sterling, include I Have Seen the Light, And God Cried and God is Able. Their song, Bow the Knee, (co-written with Mike Harland and arranged by Tom Fettke) became Lillenas Publishing’s all-time top-selling anthem. The great desire of Chris and Diane’s heart is to serve God faithfully through their music, leading the Church in worship and reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which they have done for over 40 years. 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. Maria Monteiro Global Worship 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. 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 2021, she completed a Ph.D. in Church Music from Baylor 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. Kent Morris Technology Kent Morris is the Live Sound Market Manager for Sweetwater and a forty-year veteran of the live event arena. He has spent decades on the road with countless artists such as Paul Baloche and Israel Houghton. He’s overseen hundreds of AVL installations in every type of venue imaginable. An in-demand writer, Kent has penned thousands of industry articles for hundreds of print and online publications. He's the live sound engineer for In Touch Ministries where he mixes each week for First Baptist Atlanta (Dr. Charles Stanley). Kent and his wife Melani are based in Georgia and have two adult sons. Brad Nix Composer/Pianist 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. Julie Pennington-Russell Preacher Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell (she/her/hers) became Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC in 2016. Ordained in 1986, she also has served churches in Decatur, GA; Waco, TX and San Francisco, CA, and was the first woman to serve as senior pastor of a Baptist church in Texas (Calvary Waco). A pilgrim on the contemplative path, Julie co-directs the "Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program" for the Shalem Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Julie is married to Tim Pennington-Russell. They have two adult children, Taylor and Lucy, and pony-sized Great Dane named Charlie. William Phemister Piano Steinway Artist William Phemister is a graduate of Juilliard, the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris as a Fulbrighter, and Peabody with a doctorate under mentor Leon Fleisher. A Professor of Piano at Wheaton College for 40 years, he shares his music around the world, most recently in Senegal. His latest piano album is published by Alfred Music. A church musician all his life, his heart is into the varieties of musical worship experiences in today's church. Rosephanye Powell Composer Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell has been hailed as one of America's premier women composers of solo vocal and choral music. As a choral composer, Dr. Powell has an impressive catalogue of works published by some of the nation's leading publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, and Shawnee. Dr. Powell is commissioned yearly to compose for university choruses, professional, community and church choirs, as well as secondary school choruses. Heather Sorenson Composer 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. Michael John Trotta Composition Michael John Trotta is fast becoming one of the most "exciting and prominent new composers of choral music." Prior to his work as a full-time composer, his experience as an educator at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels - as well as a church music director. Recently, Dr. Trotta has had world premieres commissioned for conventions at TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), in addition to being invited to conduct premieres of commissioned major works at Carnegie Hall, and at St. Paul's Papal Basilica in Rome. Tammy Waldrop Handbells Tammy Waldrop is a graduate of Baylor University ('80 & '85) with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music Theory with an emphasis in Composition. Tammy has been writing and arranging for handbells and vocal choirs since 1980, placing over 400 publications with 19 publishers. She has held music editor positions at Word music, Ring Out! Press, and Alfred Music Publishing and has served on the music staff of numerous churches in various denominations. She is a frequent clinician/director for workshops, music weeks and festivals across the country. She is past Musical Director for the Community Handbell Ensemble, Strikepoint of Texas. Currently she coordinates fine arts and handbell participation in worship at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood. Bradley Hunter Welch Organ Hailed as "A world-class virtuoso" (The American Organist) and "an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors," (Birmingham News, Alabama), Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. He is the 2003 First Place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the second time, having previously won it in 2000. 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.