Jill Lagerberg, Director of Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries and Conductor of the Choir and Men’s Ensemble, holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Music, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds the degrees of Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from The University of Michigan. For eight years she was Professor of Music and Chair of the music program at Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University) in Knoxville, where she taught choral conducting, private voice, and music theory, and directed the college choirs and traveling ensembles. She has served as the Children’s Chorus Director for the Knoxville Opera Company and for ten years was the Co-Director of the Knoxville Children’s Choir. She has directed children’s, youth, and adult church choirs in North Carolina, Michigan, and Tennessee, most recently as the Sanctuary Choir Director at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Ensembles under her direction have sung in Chicago, Boston, New York, Orlando, and Williamsburg; and internationally in England, Poland, Austria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Peru. She now serves part-time on the staff of Cedar Springs Church as the Director of Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries.
Her voice teachers have included Teresa Radomski, Lorna Haywood, George Bitzas, and Marjorie Stephens. She is a former member of the Knoxville Choral Society and Chamber Chorale and the John Ribble Singers. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa/Mortarboard Honor Societies, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Glenda Cloutier, Director of Orchestra, holds a Master’s degree in music from the Univeristy of Tennessee and completed graduate coursework in Music Education/Therapy at the University of Minnesota. She holds an undergraduate degree in music performance from Northwestern University. Ms. Cloutier’s performing credits include some of our nation’s finest professional orchestras including frequent performances with both the Minnesota and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, in addition to other fine ensembles such as the Joffrey Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. While living in the Pittsburgh area, her performing experiences included regular touring with the River City Brass Band and with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra. Her teaching positions have included Clarion and Slippery Rock Universities, Concordia College, and currently Carson Newman University.
A native of East Tennessee, Ms. Cloutier has also performed with Knoxville Symphony, the University of Tennessee Brasswind Quintet, the Knoxville Wind Symphony, and the Clarence Brown Theatre orchestra. While studying at Northwestern University, her teachers included Vincent Cichowicz, Adolf Herseth, and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony. A summer at Banff Center of the Arts included study with Armando Ghitalla, formerly of the Boston Symphony. In the years following undergraduate work, Ms. Cloutier sought out various teachers from orchestras and schools including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; St Louis Symphony; Atlanta Symphony, and Rice University.
Ms. Cloutier now resides with her husband and son in Anderson County, Tennessee, performing and teaching in area ensembles, including the Knoxville Symphony, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, and the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church worship orchestra and Academy, and at Carson Newman University where she currently conducts the Brass Ensembles.
|Paula Smith, Director of Bells of Grace, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She has taught general music grades K-6 in Maryland and grades Pre-K – 8 in Southern California. She sang with the Folger Consort in Washington D. C. and the William Hall Chorale in Southern California and presently sings with the Knoxville Choral Society. Paula began playing handbells in 1980 at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA, where she also was music librarian and a member of the Sanctuary Choir and directed the Kindergarten Choir of the Choir School. In 1984 the Sanctuary Choir and Bells of Praise participated in a ministry tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Bells of Praise also had numerous concerts and ministry opportunities throughout the Southwest. Paula came to Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in 1993 and continues to sing in the Sanctuary Choir and the KnoxCAM Choir.|
|Leann Dickson, Director of Drama, holds the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Montevallo in Alabama and has been a drama teacher for twenty-six years. She has taught and performed in San Francisco, Honolulu, Atlanta, and Birmingham. For the last sixteen years she has been a member of the faculty at Bearden High School in Knoxville, where she founded and directs the highly successful musical theatre program, an intense pre-professional training curriculum for young actors. She has directed over seventy productions in her career and continues to perform, direct, and choreograph in the community. She considers it a great joy and privilege to play a supporting role in the development of local artists.|
Ashley Williams, Choreographer, has been dancing since the age of three. She has studied with Angela Floyd and most recently with Revolution Dance. She was a member of the West Valley Middle School and Bearden High School Dance Teams in Knoxville, and she has a love for and experience with many types of dance. She also has a black belt in karate. She has experience with choreography, as well as a background in acting, and she is excited about the concept of telling story through dance. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of Bearden High School and will enter the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this fall, planning to major in international management, with her eyes set on the mission field.