Worship Faculty - 2016
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Scharema R. Hannibal is a psalmist and musician who serves as Music Director at Word of Life Ministries, where Apostle ∓ Prophetess Ernest and Barbara Taylor are the Founders and Pastors. Born in Waukegan, IL, Mrs. Hannibal began singing at the age of three and playing the piano at the age of six. In order to cultivate this gift, her parents invested in piano lessons at Professor Allen’s Studio in Chicago, IL. She also studied under classical pianist Ruth Hackert and also at the Zion Conservatory of Music, where she currently teaches piano and voice.
The need for higher education prompted Mrs. Hannibal to seek training in Champaign, IL, where she joined the University of Illinois Black Chorus, while studying music at Parkland College. While at Parkland College, Mrs. Hannibal and two other music students formed the Parkland Gospel Ensemble.
She later transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to continue her studies in Music Education. Under the auspices of Dr. Ollie Watts-Davis, Mrs. Hannibal grew both musically and spiritually. During that time Mrs. Hannibal had the opportunity and privilege to sing with Gary Hines and Billy Steele of Sounds of Blackness, many other renowned artists, and the University of Illinois Black Chorus. During her studies, Mrs. Hannibal performed genres of Afro-American Music including operatic pieces in fluent Italian, German, Latin, and French.
In 1998, Mrs. Hannibal earned her Baccalaureate degree in Music Education Voice-Choral from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation, Mrs. Hannibal has continued her work in music teaching at several public and private schools. Mrs. Hannibal has also participated in Donnie McClurkin’s New Artist Showcase, served as guest vocal clinician at several churches, starred in and wrote original tunes for a gospel musical stage play production. January 2007, Mrs. Hannibal received the Most Influential African-American in Community Service Award from Lake County, IL, The People's Voice. July 2008, Mrs. Hannibal appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel singing background vocals for Gospel Music Recording Artist Melonie Daniels. She has sung with Ricky Dillard and New Generation, College of Lake County Gospel Choir, and currently sings and featured as soloist on recordings of Glenn Johnson and Innerpeace and Cynthia Turner & Heartspeak. Currently teaches Private Piano & Voice at the Zion Conservatory of Music, Zion, IL; and also teaches Elementary General Music at Learn Charter Network - Learn 9 (Waukegan, Il). She is happily married to her best friend and husband Curtis Hannibal and they are the proud parents of their miracle baby girl Shekinah Melody Hannibal.
Sharon Riggs Harper is a worship leader from Charleston, SC . She has helped to start and establish many contemporary worship teams in the Charleston area over the last 30 years and loves teaching on worship and sharing her story of God’s faithfulness in the midst of tragedy.
“Karitos Chicago has been an integral part of my life for almost 20 years. It keeps me grounded and inspired and fresh and always sends me home with renewed vision and hope.Now we’re in our 3rd year of hosting Karitos Charleston and we’re expanding it a little bit each time. Throughout the year, we have a home group of musicians and artists (so life giving!).”
“Worship centers me...on Jesus. HE is the real center, He is the nexus of everything, and no matter what I’ve been through, worshiping Him is always my refuge, my solace, my beginning place and my end and all that’s in between. Nothing else can reach me....only God’s presence. And my passion is to ignite this fire in others through the arts.”
Jon Jones is an experienced worship leader, psalmist, publisher and writer, entrepreneur and networking visionary. He has trained choirs, worship teams and individuals vocally for over 15 years. Jon (a.k.a. J2) specializes in teaching and directing worship/church bands. He is the founder and Director of Atmosphere of Heaven (AOH) which is not only a team of arts leaders (vocalist, writers, dancers, spoken word artists, etc.), but everyone who believes that they are created, called and uniquely gifted to reproduce the Atmosphere of Heaven on earth! In 2012, Jon Jones released his CD project entitled Atmosphere of Heaven Vol. 1.
Brytish C. Moore-Thomas began singing and playing the piano at the age of four in Chicago, Illinois. From that point on, she has proven to be a much sought after minstrel for worship arts and music educator.
This passionate minstrel is a proud alumnus of Curie High School for the Performing Arts in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music, and a certificate in Worship Studies from The Worship Arts Conservatory. Her extended training from respected musicians such as Willie Pickens, Ronald Carter, Reggie Willis, William Koehler, and Portia Harris has well prepared her for providing melodious sounds in the ears of listeners.
Brytish has served as a music instructor in the Country Club Hills, IL school district for several years, and has taught in the Chicago Public Schools and at Valparaiso University. She is excited about being a member of the teaching and learning community at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Some of her honors include Tribute to Black Women in Jazz Award Recipient, two-time Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Golden Image Award Recipient, GRAMMY Music Educator Award Nominee, and Ravinia All-Star Band Alumnus (Pianist). She has been blessed to have served as a guest lecturer at the Chicago State University Gospel Music Boot-Camp, keynote speaker at Valparaiso University’s African American History Month Banquet, and a member of the teaching faculty for the Karitos Worship Arts Conference.
Brytish is founder of B Moore Productions, a music consulting company that specializes in providing top-quality music and arts services. God has anointed Brytish to fuse classical, jazz, and gospel to produce “the sound” that ushers his people into his presence. Brytish is a member of Into God Network and The Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum Board of Directors. She is also a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Educators and the National Education Association.
Brytish is most thankful for her personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and being happily married to her best friend and ministry partner, Pastor Anthony R. Thomas. They are the proud parents of 3 beautiful and gifted children. The Thomas family enjoys spending quality time together traveling and worshiping at Spoken Word Fellowship Church in Hazel Crest, Illinois where her husband serves as pastor.
LeAnzar Stockley LeAnzar Stockley is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Into God Network’s Soulciety61. As an author, teacher, spiritual life coach, inspirational speaker and worship leader/consultant, LeAnzar encourages all toward authentically devoted relationships with God and one another. He is an ordained Pastor holding degrees in Worship Arts (AA), Psychology (BS), Human Services Counseling (MA), and an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling. He is the Department Head of the Worship Track for the Karitos Worship & Arts Conference. LeAnzar and his children reside in Las Vegas, NV.
Rodney "RJ" Young is dedicated to empowering creatives to make positive impact as a musician, music producer, speaker and blogger. Rodney empowers worship leaders & performing artists by providing a live musical backdrop that sets an atmosphere to minister or perform. As an accomplished keyboard player and music director, he has worked with artists such as his wife Nikeya Young, Brandon Roberson, David & Nicole Binion, Lijo & Phebe George, Todd Dulaney and Adlan Cruz. For 15 years, Rodney has worked as a producer for various recording artists, producing quality recordings that have enhanced their musical careers. Some of the artists he has worked with include King David tha Vessel, Karina K4J, international recording artists Asiah and Ashley Lauren. Rodney enjoys empowering creatives through dynamic speaking at events and workshops about creativity, marketing and the relationship between skill & character. Rodney has spoken for events such as Karitos Worship & Christian Arts conference, GodKulture Firestorm and the Freedom Conference.