2018 Clinician Bios
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music, music education and coordinates and conducts the Neighborhood Children’s Choir Program. In addition, he is the Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.
Mr. Shelton is active with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), currently serving as the National President-Elect. Other ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007).
Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs in 20 states as well as Hong Kong. He has conducted Choral Festivals in Carnegie Hall, Honor Choirs for the Central Division ACDA and Southern Division ACDA, as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 40 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, Galaxy, GIA Publications, Growing in Grace Curriculum, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music.
Kimberly Eder Ahrens
Kimberley is the Director of Choral Activities at Robinson Middle School in Plano, Texas, where she runs a highly successful middle school choral program, conducting over 300 students in a total of nine performing ensembles. She is also the Director of Children's Choirs at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, the Conductor of the Apprentice Chorus at The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, and the Assistant Director of All-State Choir Camp at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Ms. Ahrens serves as an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the state.
Ms. Ahrens earned the Bachelor of Music Education with Vocal Emphasis from Texas Christian University. She holds Level I certification in Kodály method from the University of North Texas. Ms. Ahrens holds affiliations with the Texas Music Education Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Choristers Guild.
Rev. Tim Morrison was born in Independence, Missouri, and, as a preacher’s kid, moved many times within the state. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Methodist College, his Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology, SMU, and came to Custer Road UMC in 1985. He was consecrated a Deacon in 1997 and elected Chair of the Division of Deacons for the North Texas Conference. Tim currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Perkins, teaching a Church Youth Choir Course to divinity students. Tim directs Revelation and the Chancel Choir, supervises the 24 other music ensembles and serves as the Worship Staff person. He and his wife, Lynda, have two adult children, Jenna and Mason and a grandson, Cayden.
Hart Morris has served as minister of music for churches in Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma. He holds music degrees from
Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Houston, and has published numerous compositions and arrangements for both
handbell and choral ensembles. He has directed AGEHR/HMA National Seminars and destivals, conferences and workships, and
twice represnted the USA as a conductor for International Handbell Symposia.
Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called “refreshing,” “inspiring,” and “unforgettable.” Marcia combines her background and experience in professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings.
Marcia’s passion for helping the church to worship God fully is especially directed toward the education of local congregations. She travels extensively in order to teach regional workshops that are accessible to congregational leaders and worship teams. These one-day workshops are usually hosted by a church, underwritten by district or conference bodies or by registration fees, and open to all churches in a particular area. Participants have commented that these workshops are inspirational as well as practical, no matter the “style” of worship practiced or denomination of the participants. Additionally, Marcia has begun a program of continuing education events in her home town of Lake Tahoe and an online subscription service to Worship Design Studio that offers inspirational and educational help for worship teams featuring a ground-breaking worship design application.
Mark Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornel West’s quote that “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
Mark is Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison NJ, and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey and Composer in Residence of Harmonium Choral Society in NJ. From 2002-2007 he was Director of Contemporary Worship at Marble Collegiate Church and from 1999-2001 was Assistant Organist and Music Associate at the Riverside Church, both in New York City. Since 1999 he has travelled to every part of the country delighting congregations with the power and joy of music making. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.
Mark’s compositions are sung throughout the United Methodist Church and other denominations and his choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild. His works can also be found at Hinshaw Press, Hope Publishing, Pilgrim Press, and his website, markamillermusic.com His newest album, “Imagine the People of God”, is available on itunes.
Mark is a lifelong United Methodist. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy. As a lay delegate to the 2000 and 2004 and 2012 General Conferences, Mark was a witness to Christ’s mission of breaking down the dividing walls of hostility and fear in the United Methodist Church. He resides in New Jersey, with his wonderfully forgiving partner of 24 years, Michael Murden and their two beautiful children, Alyse and Keith.
Nan looks back over decades of music with all ages and her passion for sharing it with both children and adults has never decreased! Holding both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from Mississippi College in Clinton MS, she has used them in careers as private and public school teacher, home school music developer, piano teacher, and church musician in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. A contributor to many Chorister Guild articles, she also authored the Language of Music series. After 30+ years of writing curriculum and children's songs for LifeWay, she continues to write for Growing in Grace.
After moving to Texas in 1996, she worked with Houston's Children Chorus for several years before (as her friends say) "failing retirement!" But those preschool roots keep calling her back and the cycle continues...the love of music never goes away...nor the desire to plant it in the lives of children. Now, in addition to writing and conferences, she volunteers at her church as musician and Bible study teacher.
She is the proud Mom to a son and daughter, Grandmom to 7 grandchildren, and soon to be Great-grandmom.