Top Six Clinicians (and More!) You Should Know

One of the incredible aspects of Music & Worship Arts Week each year is the quality of our clinicians, and 2017 is no exception.

Our clinicians this year bring their experiences, talents, and passions for their crafts to share with each of us during the week.

Because we couldn’t possibly rank these amazingly-talented artists, here’s a list of six clinicians that you should know. We’ll see if we can keep the list to just six, though. (Spoiler alert: We can’t.)

Jason KrugJason Krug is a prolific composer, having published more than 200 compositions and arrangements for handbells, piano, strings, choir, and organ. Jason will be directing our Intermediate I handbell ensemble.

Mary ScifresMary Scifres is a nationally-known worship consultant and United Methodist pastor, who co-authors The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and provides monthly online resources for non-traditional worship. Mary will be our worship leader this year.

Brian HehnBrian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song, a new resource center of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Brian will be leading our children’s DRUM program.

Mark Miller is a composer of sacred music, associate professor of church music and composer in residence at Drew University, lecturer in sacred music at Yale University. Mark will again be providing leadership to our young adults and evening prayer services.

David HarrisDavid Harris is a familiar face to handbell enthusiasts. Now in his 28th year as director of the internationally-recognized Raleigh Ringers, David will be directing our Advanced handbell ensemble.

Eileen GuentherEileen Guenther is professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary and author of the recently-published book, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. Eileen will be serving as our organist this year.

OK, so maybe seven …

Eric NelsonEric Nelson is professor of music and director of choral studies at Emory University and artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale. Eric will be directing the adult choir.

See what we mean? And that’s really just the beginning …

  • Judy Britts, our older elementary clinician, brings more than 30 years of experience in children and youth choirs;
  • Joy Chappell, one of our dance clinicians, is a recent graduate with a degree in dance performance and choreography;
  • Grete Gryzwana, our other dance clinician, has developed dances for professional theatre, TV commercials, recording artists, and award shows;
  • Amy E. Gray, our talented visual artist, recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies;
  • Karol Kimmel, our younger elementary clinician, is a co-director and faculty member for the Chorister’s Guild Institute;
  • Kevin Riehle, our chamber choir director, is the founding director of Cantare Houston, a professional chamber group;
  • Jody Seymour, our preacher for the week, is the author of five books and a certified instructor in Enneagram;
  • Jeff Smith, our theatre in worship clinician, is the director of Salt & Light Ministries;
  • David & Molly Stanley, our instrumental ensemble directors, are band and orchestra directors at schools in Roanoke, VA;
  • Julie Turner, one of our handbell clinicians, is an associate conductor of the Music City Bronze and has published more than 30 handbell arrangements;
  • And you’ve already met Tracy DePue and James Wells, our youth clinicians.

Whew! That’s quite a list! And here’s the unique thing about Music & Worship Arts Week — you will likely have the opportunity to not only learn from these clinicians but to get to know them as well, whether that’s over a meal, in worship, or on the trolley between sessions.

So, have we convinced you to join us at Lake Junaluska? There’s still time to register before registration prices increase.


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