Dr. Charles Novell –  Dr. Charles Novell is a graduate of the world famous Cincinnati Conservatory

of Music and holds a doctorate of music degree.  He has been involved in Gospel Music as a songwriter, arranger, recording producer, and performer for several decades. Charles teaches Voice and Piano.


Rob Novell -   Assistant Director of CNS.  Rob is an accomplished musician, teacher, and  producer.  He traveled with Perfect Heart and has played with Triumphant Quartet and the Nelons.  Along the way he has earned  nomi-nations including Group and Band of the Year, as well as a Dove Award nomination for Song of the Year.  Rob owns Counterpoint Recording Productions in Atlanta, GA.  Rob teaches Piano, Bass Guitar, Song Writing and Music Theory.

Jeff Stice - Jeff has made his mark in gospel music by his love of the piano and of Southern Gospel music. Currently Jeff has a active solo career and was formerly the pianist for Triumphant Qt, Kingdom Heirs, Perfect Heart and the Nelons.  Jeff has won awards as Musician of the Year for The Singing News Fan Awards, and the Southern Music Guild.  Jeff teaches Piano and Performance Training class.

Corry Isel - Coordinator of Events and Students Activities.  Corry is our go to person during the conference.  If you have a question, she has your answer.  Corry is a gifted vocalist and has the performance skills to deliver a great performance.   Corry teaches Voice.


Tara Jackson –  With a vivacious laugh and warm personality that instantly illuminates a room, Tara Jackson is the friend you've always known. A consummate people person, her engaging spirit befits the calling to ministry and outreach she has long embraced.  But then she opens her mouth to sing, and it's obvious what Tara was ultimately born to do. Tara teaches Voice.


Keith Barkley -   Keith began singing and playing at an early age traveling with his family ministry.  He has kept that tradition alive now traveling and ministering with his own family.  Keith is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and studio producer.  Keith teaches Voice, Piano, and Song Writing.



Shannon Newman –  Shannon is a singer, arranger, producer, certified technology geek, ordained minister

and creative thinker.  He is perhaps one of the few artists to sing with an Opera Company and a Southern Gospel Qt.

Known for thinking outside the box his perspectives are often sought out by businesses, churches, and artists. 

Shannon teaches Voice.

Aleah Novell –  Granddaughter to Dr. Charles and daughter of Rob, Aleah is carrying on the family mantle of music and teaching. Aleah is a gifted musician and teacher,  and has just finished her first year of College as a Music Major.  
Aleah teaches Piano and Music Theory.

​​Bill Baize -   When you discuss the greatest tenors of all time in Gospel Music you have to have Bill Baize on the top of the list.   He is the former first tenor for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Qt.  During his time with the Stamps Qt,  Bill had the opportunity to sing backup for Elvis Presley traveling all over the world performing on the world’s largest stages. Bill teaches Voice.

Scott Weaver - Owner of Troubadour Solutions Sound Installation. A nationally recognized multimedia contractor and also provides musical services to assist the musician, choir director, church group, or song writer in many ways through professional recording and consultation.  Scott teaches Voice, Guitar, Music Theory and Sound Systems.


Marti Ledford - Vocal coach, seminar speaker, specialty in vocal coaching organized groups.   She has been a vocal coach and clinician to some of the leading talents in todays Christian Music field.  She teaches private Voice and Performance Training. 


Jim Sheldon -  The Positive Cowboy. Jim travels full time focusing on encouraging people and sharing God's love through the Gospel and Country Gospel fields.  Jim has had God open some incredible doors for him through TV and media markets.  He loves to share his story and help other people reach for their dreams.

Additional Staff to be added as the need arises.

Our team of Instructors at CNS are ready to meet you and help you chase your dreams.  We have some of the finest teachers in Christian Music Today ready to share what God has given them.