Featured Artists & Ensembles
Each year, we offer a variety of music through Christian artists, local church choirs and orchestras, and collegiate ensembles. Here were the featured artists and ensembles for our
2019 Baptist Church Music Conference.
Nashville Praise Symphony
The Nashville Praise Symphony is a select group of some of the finest church musicians in the greater Nashville area.
The orchestra of approximately 50 players was founded in 2002 by the Nashville Instrumental Directors Association (NIDA), a group of local church music leaders that meets monthly for fellowship, encouragement, and sharing of ministry ideas. The orchestra is conducted by well-known arranger and instrumental director, Mr. Camp Kirkland.
Nashville Praise Symphony concerts include exciting and inspirational orchestral arrangements of hymns, praise songs, classical pieces and patriotic favorites. The family-friendly concerts are designed to be worshipful as well as entertaining.
Overflow is made up of husband/wife team, Cliff and April Duren, along with their good friend, Heather Richardson. Their ministry together started at First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA, where they led worship on a weekly basis. As other opportunities came, the trio felt led to embark on their first Overflow recording in 2011, “All to Bring You Glory.” Since then, they have recorded 4 projects; their most recent release being “You Reign Forever.” Each recording contains an eclectic mix of modern worship, gospel, and a cappella music. No matter the style, Overflow has their heart set on lifting high the name of Jesus and sharing the true saving message of the Gospel.
Tennessee Men’s Chorale
The Tennessee Men’s Chorale is a choir comprised of worship musicians from across Tennessee, most of whom serve as Worship Leaders and Ministers of Music in their respective churches. The makeup of the choir reflects a wide range of ages, as well as styles being utilized in the churches represented by the singers—ranging from energetic contemporary arrangements to classical anthem material to a small taste of Tennessee gospel accompanied by a complement of bluegrass players. The choir has performed for events across the United States, as well as in international missions settings such Wales, Brazil, and Italy.
The chorale is accompanied by two outstanding keyboard artists. Mary McDonald, a gifted composer/arranger, has served as pianist for the choir for over 30 years. In fact, much of the chorale’s music has been arranged and adapted by Mary. Vicki Wright has served as organist for the men’s chorale for over 17 years, as well as a women’s group of similar composition, the Tennessee Ladies Chorus. Vicki is a fine composer/arranger as well, and serves as church organist in Nashville, Tennessee. The chorale is presently conducted by Dr. Scott Shepherd, who serves as Worship and Music Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Dr. Shepherd has been conductor and musical director for the group since 2017.
Here are some of the featured artists and ensembles from
our previous conferences.