Florida Fellowship Church Music Workshop 2019
Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Picciola Rd., Fruitland Park, Florida 34731
Handbells (All levels)
Contemporary Music Ideas
Choral Reading Sessions with Hinshaw, Lorenz, and J.W. Pepper Publishing Houses
Handbell Reading Sessions
CLINICIANS & PASTOR
Victor C. Johnson
Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas currently in his 12th year of teaching at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.
Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards for the past 12 years. His first piece was published in 1994, while he was a sophomore in high school. To date, he has over 200 octavos and choral products in the catalogs of Heritage Music Press, The Lorenz Corporation, Chorister’s Guild, SoundForth, and Hal Leonard Corporation.
Victor has led reading sessions and choral workshops in numerous states and has conducted All-State and Regional Honor choirs in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky.
James Wells serves at Brentwood United Methodist Church near Nashville, Tennessee, where he oversees all the choral programs of the church. Brentwood is a large congregation and has over 600 choir participants yearly.
He received his music training at MTSU and Belmont with undergraduate degrees in Music Ed. and Voice Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education.
Mr. Wells has spent the last 20 years in public school education and church music. He is the co-director of the Nashville Children's Choir at Belmont University along with his good friend and mentor, Dr. Madeline Bridges. In his public school teaching experiences, Mr. Wells taught general music, treble and youth choirs, percussion ensembles, and directed musical theater productions. Mr. Wells is a frequent guest director for festivals, mass choirs, and honor choirs around the southeast.
You may remember James as a clinician at our Youth Music Camp in 2016 or 2018, or from a Music &Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska.
James has been married to his wife Amy for 21 years and has two daughters. Emily is 14 and a sophomore in high school. Molly is 18 and a sophomore at Mississippi State University.
Karen Buckwalter is a 1974 graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a 1977 graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Internationally known in the field of handbell composition, Mrs. Buckwalter composed her first published work, “Danza” in 1982. Recognized for her original compositions such as “Soliloquy for Bells”, she now has over 90 handbell / choral compositions in print. She has earned enthusiastic praise for her creative compositions, her colorful harmonies and her use of chromatics that have raised the musicality in handbell music as a genre. Sought after as a handbell conductor/clinician for workshops and festivals throughout the US, her works have been performed and recorded in the United States, England, France, Estonia, and Japan.
Now, in “retirement,” Ms. Buckwalter continues her work as a conductor and composer and enjoys playing her 38 string lever harp.
Pastor Charley Watts is 48 years of age, and Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Moore Haven, Florida, for the past nine years. He is the former Youth Pastor at Pine Level UMC in Arcadia, Florida, and Pastor of Venus Mission in Venus, Florida.
Before becoming a Pastor, he was in the Funeral service for 18 years.
Toni is his wife of 16 years. They have one daughter, Lynn, and one dog, Thaddaeus. Pastor Charley loves to fish and spend time on the water. He loves to laugh and have a awesome time, while being very passionate about Christ. "I want the world to fall in love with Him."