Julie Lankford, Writer for Fall – Preschool
Julie Lankford has taught preschool choirs at First Baptist Church in Nashville for 25 years, 23 of them as director. An Early Childhood Specialist with a degree in Education from Baylor University, Julie taught for Metro Nashville Public Schools for ten years before taking time off to parent full-time and homeschool her children who are now sixteen and ten. She serves at conferences, in-service meetings, and parenting classes by writing curriculum materials as well as leading training. Also an employee of the Nashville Children’s Choir, an auditioned regional choir program for young singers, she may be found presiding as Mother-in-Chief, choir uniform coordinator, parent/volunteer coordinator, or office assistant. Julie’s continued success is fueled by her love of children, a lifetime of musical experience, and her inspiring skills as an educator.
Vicki Hancock Wright, Writer for Fall – Younger Children
Vicki Hancock Wright is a freelance music editor, composer, and arranger. Choristers Guild, Beckenhorst, Celebrating Grace, and LifeWay have regularly published her works. She received her Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from the University of Tennessee. For nine years, she served as Children’s Music Editor at LifeWay until leaving to become a full-time mom and to continue her freelance work. From 2006-2014 she taught music at The Oak Hill School (K-6) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to assist with special music projects. She has served as a children’s choir director in churches for over 30 years. From 2005-2011, Vicki was the organist at First Baptist Church, Nashville.
Vickie Allen, Writer for Fall – Older Children
Vickie Allen has three decades of experience in teaching, directing children’s choirs, serving as choir coordinator, leading conferences, and music education product development. As Design Editor for LifeWay, she managed comprehensive editing work for Young Musicians, Music Makers, Plans & Pluses, The Children’s Choir Kit, Made for Praise, Play & Praise, and Dovetailors. She currently serves as organist/keyboardist at Harpeth Heights Baptist Church and Worship/ Music Assistant at Forest Hills Baptist Church, both in Nashville, Tennessee.