2016 Conference Clinicians



Joy Cogswell


Joy Cogswell has been associated with Snyder Memorial Baptist Church since 1970. During those years, she has served as 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 and 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 the 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 has served as editor with Hope Publishing Company for two decades. She is busy as an arranger, clinician, organist, worship planner, and concert artist, residing in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, David L. Weck. Jane is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois, and later received a DM in Organ Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Besides serving as an editor with Hope, where she directs all of their choral, keyboard and instrumental publications, she is active in church music as organist/choral director as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, Illinois. Jane was an integral part of the editorial team that compiled Hope's latest hymnal WORSHIP & REJOICE (2001). Hope has published numerous collections that Jane has compiled and edited including CLASSIC SOLOS FOR FLUTE AND KEYBOARD, EASY ANTHEMS, vol. 1-6, WOMEN IN SONG, vol. 2 & 3, and WORSHIP OPENERS, vol. 1-3. Her latest keyboard compilations include THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH PIANIST, and THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH ORGANIST, vol. 1 & 2, THE WEDDING ORGANIST, I HAVE HEARD YOU CALLING IN THE NIGHT (piano), and her newest hymn collection entitled HYMNS OF PROMISE (200 hymns and songs). As a gifted concert organist, Jane has joined forces with Joel Raney for a series of duo-concerts featuring the piano and organ in an innovative Keyboard Excursions, exploring a variety of styles in sacred and classical music.




 Kenney Potter

Kenney Potter serves as chair of the Wingate University music department and is the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education. His choirs have received widespread acclaim including winning the Grand Prix for best choir in the Parnu International Choral Festival in Parnu, Estonia. Most recently his choirs have collaborated with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra in performances of the Missa from Mass in B minor by J. S. Bach. As a performer, he has been a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall, and was choir soloist for the Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival Choir as well as the International Bach Academy, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.


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.


In addition to his work at Wingate, Dr. Potter is the director of choruses for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and serves as the director of adult choirs at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syl and Calvin.




 Benjamin Harlan

Benjamin Harlan serves as Music Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention while holding teaching positions at Louisiana College and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Baylor University and the DMA degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


An accomplished pianist, Dr. Harlan is a widely published arranger and composer who has spent much of his creative energy enhancing the church's worship through choral and instrumental works. His interest in writing stems from his work as a practicing church musician, having served over a dozen congregations all over the south. Through his years in ministry, Dr. Harlan has had a distinct desire to enhance congregational singing and has produced numerous hynm arrangement collections toward that end. His keyboard arrangements exhibit a quality and care that brings new life to the singing of the church.


He and his wife, Connie, life in New Orleans, LA and have three grown children: Katie, Emily, and Christopher. 




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.