Karen Sorrells, Director
Karen Sorrells is Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville, where she offers leadership to all ages in music ministry. Some of her responsibilities include coordinating children’s choirs, directing youth and adult handbell choirs, and serving as pianist during worship. She has taught at the collegiate level and is a frequent choral clinician and conference leader at both state and national events. She is a children’s choir curriculum writer for Growing in Grace. For several years, Karen has taught at the Fine Arts Summer Academy with the Annie Moses Band in Nashville, Tennessee. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Her post-graduate studies include a Kodály Certification from the University of North Texas in Denton. In addition to her role as Director, Karen is a member of the piano faculty. She has taught piano for over thirty years.
Abi Enockson, Assistant Director
Abi Enockson joins the AFTA team after three years in St. Louis, MO, where she managed marketing and copyrights for MorningStar Music and ECS Publishing Group. A native of Fargo, ND, Abi graduated with a degree in Music on viola and Management Studies from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN). Her passion for both people and the arts has led her to work with other nonprofit organizations like Chicago a cappella, The Minnesota Children’s Museum, Cello: An American Experience, The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, and The Summer Singers. She looks forward to trying out life in the mountains!
Gloria Sainio has been in the Asheville area for 8 years, graduating from Montreat College with a degree in Music Business and a minor in management. During her time as a student, she was the assistant to the music department and her love for arts administration began. After graduation, she was office manager at Asheville Lyric Opera during productions of Don Giovanni, South Pacific, Die Fledermaus, The Impresario, and West Side Story. Taking a brief detour in college admissions, and property management, Gloria is happily back in arts administration. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and their Chamber Chorus. Gloria is fluent in Finnish and carries dual citizenship, thanks to her immigrant parents. She enjoys exploring new hiking trails with her dog Jojo and finding the best brunch spots in Asheville.