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Shea A. Clay

Shea Clay is an Assistant Professor of Music at King University where she directs the Jazz/Gospel Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble and is the primary professor in the vocal/general music education program. She received her Bachelor of Music from East Tennessee State University, her Master of Science in Music Education from Radford University and her Kod á ly Certification from James Madison University. She is a member of OAKE, MENC, ACDA, and currently serves on the Teacher Education Committee and as the Secondary Education Adviser for the Organization of American Kod á ly Educators National Board of Directors. Previously, she taught 10 years in Washington County, Virginia at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and has been a guest clinician for Washington and Wise All-County Choruses.

Jane Morison

Jane DeLoach Morison, Artistic Director of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy, received the Bachelor of Music Education from East Tennessee State University, the Master of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has also studied at L'acad é mie de musique de Sion in Switzerland. Morison serves on the faculty of both the Summer Piano Camp at ETSU, and the Virginia Suzuki Institute at Emory and Henry. A frequent adjudicator, accompanist, recitalist, and clinician, she also maintains a private piano and voice studio. A member of OAKE, Morison also holds membership in the ACDA, MTNA, and the NFMC. In recognition of ther work in the performing arts, Morison was recently chosen to be honored by Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.

Valerie Pickard

Valerie Pickard received a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Western Kentucky University. During her college years, Valerie served as Vice President of the Student Chapter of MENC and sang with the WKU European Chamber Singers, which toured Europe performing Mozart's Requiem conducted by Neville Mariner and accompanied by the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra. For the past 20 years, Valerie has taught private lessons and directed numerous church youth and children's choirs. In 2002, Valerie lived in South Korea where she directed a high school string orchestra at Taejon Christian International School. In 2006, she taught general music at Vance Middle School and currently teaches elementary music in the Bristol, TN school system. Valerie serves as an adjudicator and Gold Cup chairman for the Bristol Virginia Music Festival.