Kelli Mullinix, Director & Conductor-
Kelli Mullinix is a native of Asheville and has a Vocal Performance Degree from Mars Hill College and a Master in Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She is the director of Contemporary Worship and Children’s Choirs at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville and Directs the chorus at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community. She is very involved in the local theatre scene having performed and music directed at Asheville Community Theatre, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, and the Asheville Lyric Opera.
Michael Brannon, Accompanist –
Michael Brannon started piano at the age of seven and took his first organ lesson at the age of eight. He played in church the following Sunday and has never stopped. He was the Organist for Northbrook Baptist Church of Spartanburg, SC before assuming the position of Organist for Valley Falls First Baptist Church. At the age of nineteen he became the Choir Director/Organist for Second Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg. He also taught piano and organ at Converse College in the Pre-College Department of Music and was the Accompanist for the Converse Chorale. He was a member of the Spartanburg Symphony Chorus, The Music Club of Spartanburg and a former Dean of the Spartanburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1994 he assumed the Director of Music/Organist position for Grace Lutheran Church of Hendersonville where he developed a music program of over a dozen musical groups and taught private piano and organ. He was a faculty member of Brevard College and the Conductor of the Hendersonville Chorale. He moved to Key West after nine years at Grace and served First Congregational Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church as the Director of Music/Organist and Key West United Methodist Church as Organist.
He was a Dean of the Western North Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His teachers at Converse College were Ms. Beverly Barrs and Dr. John R. Turnbull.
Michael is the Organist for First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, the Assistant Director/Accompanist for The Hendersonville Chorale, the Accompanist for the Hendersonville Children’s Chorus and the Brevard Sacred Chorus, the Musician for Agudas Israel Congregation and teaches private piano and organ lessons.