Daryl J. Walker
Acting Performance Director
Daryl J. Walker, guest Clinician/Director, is a native of Denver, CO. His creative gifts have afforded him the opportunity to provide excellence in music performance, music direction, and music support to diverse entities across the nation for more than 35 years. As the Minister of Worship and Arts at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Mr. Walker served on the Executive Leadership Team and implemented the pioneering “360 Worship Experience,” an intentional interactive liturgy that integrates prayer, musicians, inter-generational choirs, dance, mime, drill teams, scripture, and theater arts with the sermon to offer a worship service of holistic transformation. Founder and Principal of Walker Music Academy, his musical accomplishments include 19 years as Minister of Music at New Hope Baptist Church in Denver, 25 years as part of the music ministry of Denver’s Shorter A.M.E. Church, coordinating thematic music for the church’s 134th anniversary gala celebration, conducting a community mass choir featuring Denver’s own Dianne Reeves in concert, and offering music support to Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church and Worship Leader at Park Hill United Methodist Church.
Mr. Walker has also provided musical excellence to the broader community by serving as musical director for Eulipions Cultural Center, and the National Beauty Culturists League. For 11 years, Mr. Walker also prepared choral singers and performed with the Colorado Symphony’s annual holiday performance of Too Hot to Handel (a jazz, gospel and R&B infused setting of Handel’s Messiah), coordinated the community ensemble to honor the late Katherine Dunham, provided music for the grand opening of the Blair/Caldwell African American Research Library, directed concerts with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and coordinated music and arts for the Faith Trek youth program at Iliff School of Theology. In 2008, Mr. Walker organized a mass choir comprise of musicians from 38 different churches and organizations that performed at two events as part of the Democratic National Convention, paying tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., The Man and the Movement to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Terry Jackson is a Denver native and comes from a rich musical heritage – his great-grandfather was a St. Louis jazz great, his aunt is an accomplished gospel and classical pianist. He enjoys several genres of music and has worked with various choral groups along the Front Range as soloist, conductor and accompanist. Mr. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Denver, but he maintains that expression through song is his passion and purpose.