Young Artist Staff
Coming to choir is such a joy. It's what I look forward to every Monday. Mr. Hurley is a great teacher and he makes learning music fun.”
Director, Spivey Hall Young Artists
Craig Hurley is the conductor of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the preparatory choir of the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. Mr. Hurley has served as a guest clinician for several honor choirs throughout the state including the 2011 Georgia Music Educators Association’s Statewide Elementary Honor Choir. Mr. Hurley also directs the Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp each year for students entering fourth through seventh grades.
Currently, Craig Hurley is the music specialist at Ford Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia. In 2009, he served as a writer for the Georgia Performance Standards for Elementary General Music. He has presented sessions at the Music Educators Association in-service conferences for Georgia, Florida, and Alabama as well as other various teacher organizations. He has supervised several student teachers and, in 2002, Mr. Hurley was honored as Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Shorter College and a Master of Early Childhood Education from Berry College.
Accompanist, Spivey Hall Young Artists
Marcena Kinney is the accompanist for the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the preparatory choir of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and acts as assistant director of the Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp each year. Mrs. Kinney has served on the faculties of Paine College, Augusta State University, Agnes Scott College, and Georgia Perimeter College as well as performing with the Shorter Chorus, Kennesaw University Wind Ensemble, Kennesaw Women’s Chorus and Chicago Children’s Choir.
Honored in Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities, Mrs. Kinney has received Elizabeth Buday Scholar Award, Eckstein Scholar Award, Rome Music Lover’s Award, and Steinway 2008 Educator Award. Her article “Circumventing an Adult’s Feelings of Inadequacy,” was featured in Clavier Companion magazine. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Mrs. Kinney holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shorter College. She earned her Master of Music from Northwestern University where she studied with Laurence Davis and Frances Larimer.