Karen Sims is the artistic and musical director for WCCC and oversees the music education, choral programming and visionary leadership of the organization. Passionate about singing, Karen has devoted her teaching career to working with young singers in school, church and community organizations. She is an active guest clinician/conductor for elementary/middle school choirs and known for her high energy and innovative teaching methods, focusing on nurturing the whole child. She is past recipient of the Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award by the Kansas Music Educators Association, and has served on the state boards of KMEA and the Kansas American Choral Director's Association. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education and theatre from Bethel College and earned her Master’s Degree in Music Ed at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. Karen and her husband, DJ, are blessed with three wonderful daughters, Kristina, Cassie, and Kayla, and can be found renewing their spirits by traveling, enjoying God's nature, and spending time with their horses and faithful Australian Shepherd.
Dr. James Knight was born in Wichita, Kansas where he studied piano from Lucille Hayden and Guy Johnson. He later attended Manhattan School of Music in New York and earned his Master's and Doctoral degrees. He was honored as a finalist in the Leschetizky Piano Competition and also performed at Steinway Hall in New York City. Dr. Knight is a faculty of Friends University where he is an assistant professor of piano and teaches various music classes. He also enjoys performing frequently in “Chamber Music at the Barn”
Amy McLellan joined WCCC as rehearsal accompanist in the fall of 2007. She studied at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where she completed her Bachelor of Music Education degree in December 2005. After completing her degree, she returned to her hometown, McPherson and taught at Elyria Christian School while pursuing a Master's degree in May 2009 and then spent three years working full-time accompanying music students at WSU. Amy and her husband, Mark reside in Wichita with their four young children.