2016 Conference Clinicians



Joy Cogswell


Joy Cogswell has been associated with Snyder Memorial Baptist Church since 1970. During those years, she has served has church pianist from 1974-present, Director of Youth Choir for 12 years and Associate Director following those years, Director of Young Musicians Choir and Children’s Choir Coordinator from 2007-2015. She continues to serve as Director of The Snyder Music Academy which serves an average of 500 students each semester. Joy is a Certified Kindermusik Instructor with the status of Maestro Producer and also received the award for Maestro in Outreach.

Joy has been a frequent accompanist for both choral groups and individuals and has performed three times as soloist with the Fayetteville Symphony. She currently serves as accompanist for the Campbell University Divinity School Festival Choir.


She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with piano principal from Florida State University and did her graduate studies at Florida State University and Meredith College. 





  Dr. J. Daniel Day


J. Daniel Day is the Emeritus Pastor of Raleigh's Salisbury Street First Baptist Church and former Associate, and then Senior Professor of Christian Preaching & Worship at Campbell University Divinity School. Dr. Day came to North Carolina in 1996 after pastorates in Columbia, MO, McAlester, OK, Ruston, LA, Denton, TX and student pastorates in his native Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and earned both MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He and his wife, Mary Carol, are the parents of twin sons, both of whom are ordained ministers.
His recent writings include articles in Review & Expositor, Baptists Today, and the Abingdon Preaching Annual in addition to a biographical study of one of his predecessors at the Raleigh church (A gentleman of the Old School: Thomas E. Skinner, Baptist Pastor, 1825-1095). His book, Seeking the face of God: Evangelical Worship Reconceived, currently used as a text in Campbell's worship classes, was written while he was on our faculty. He is currently serving the local church in pulpit supply and interim pastor ministry. 



Jane Holstein


Jane Holstein is Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church, River Forest, IL, where she is organist and directs the vocal, handbell and brass choirs. In addition, she is a full-time music editor at Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, the University of Kansas, and received her D.M. degree from Northwestern University.










 Kenney Potter

Kenney Potter, Wingate University's Director of Choral Activities and Music Education, has worked at the University for seven years. A trained vocalist, he came to the University after teaching middle and high schools in Gaston County. The music program stays active with clinics, performances, tours and trips. Music fills the halls of the Anne R. Belk music buildings as students practice vocals and playing instruments. Approximately 90 students participate in at least one of the four choirs: Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Choir and University Singers. Potter anticipates over 100 students will participate next year, as the program keeps growing. Potter has always had an interest in South African music, so in 2010 he took 31 students to South Africa. One of the music students, Ryan Bradley, was from South Africa and members of his church housed the students while they visited. Students spent time visiting and singing at an orphanage, going to a game preserve, performing with another university choir and touring Johannesburg and Capetown. Twenty singers joined Potter on a trip to Estonia and Latvia in May 2012. 




 Benjamin Harlan

Benjamin Harlan is Dean, School of Church Music, at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), Ft. Worth, TX. A widely published arranger and composer, his choral, keyboard and handbell works are included in the catalogs of a number of major music publishers.


Dr. Harlan graduated with a B.M. and M.M. from Baylor University and received his D.M.A. from SBTS. He has received awards from ASCAP annually since 1990. Dr. Harlan is a member of ASCAP, American Choral Directors Association and the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. Positions Dr. Harlan has previously held include Associate Professor of Church Music, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA; and Minister of Music and Youth, First Baptist Church, St. Francisville, LA.


Dr. Harlan lives in Ft. Worth, TX with his wife, Connie Lynn Harlan, and three children: Katie Elizabeth, Emily Lynn and Christopher Garrett. 




Cynthia Clawson


Cynthia Clawson is a Grammy Award-winning American gospel singer. She has been called "The most awesome voice in gospel music" by Billboard Magazine, and has received five Dove Awards, 15 Dove Award nominations, and a Grammy for her work.


Clawson was spotted by a CBS television producer who signed her to headline a summer 1971 replacement for The Carol Burnett Show called The CBS Newcomers. That show led her to a recording contract with record producer Buryl Red. Around that time, Buryl was writing a new musical with lyricist, poet and playwright Ragan Courtney titled Celebrate Life; Clawson was invited to record the solos for the original cast album.


In 1985, Clawson's rendition of "Softly and Tenderly" was included in the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning movie The Trip to Bountiful. In 1992, she recorded "Somewhere In Between" on the "Where the Red Fern Grows: Part 2" soundtrack. In 2014, Clawson recorded the closing song "You Are Home" for the original score soundtrack of the movie "Heaven is Real." 




Ragan Courtney


Ragan Courtney is a gifted communicator, playwright, poet, deeply spiritual thinker and writer, and widely known as the lyricist of the famed Christian musical “Celebrate Life!”. His play “The Earl of Ruston,” premiered on Broadway.
Ragan has held faculty positions at Houston Baptist University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee as a Drama and Worship Consultant. He continues to lead workshops around the country on creative worship. Ragan is married to Cynthia Clawson and they live in Houston, Texas.