Administrative Personnel

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. Email Karen.


Abi Enockson, Assistant Director

Abi Enockson joined the AFTA team in 2017 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 is glad to be trying out life in the mountains! Email Abi.


Gloria Sainio, Financial Assistant

Gloria Sainio has been in the Asheville area for 9 years, graduating from Montreat College in Music Business and Management. As a student, she was the assistant to the music department and her passion for arts administration grew. 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. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and is fluent in Finnish. She enjoys hiking and finding the best brunch spots in Asheville. Email Gloria.