Shir Joy’s  Director, Nan AK Gibbons, is also the collaborative Artistic Director of the Band Of Voices Community Chorus in Barre, MA and the Worcester Bedside Singers. She is the Director of Children’s Music at Wesley United Methodist Church, and she directs the Wiogora School of Wonder and Wisdom, a Harry Potter themed educational community and summer program in Worcester. Additionally, Ms. Gibbons teaches at the Joy Of Music Program in Worcester and  the Nashoba Montessori School in Lancaster. As a composer, arranger, and choral artist, she taught in the New York Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Choral Initiative for twelve years.

Ms. Gibbons received both her BA in Music and Art and her M Ed degrees in Music from Lesley University.  She has a Master of Arts degree in the Arts and Theology from the Andover Newton Theological School and is an MA candidate in Pastoral Psychology.  She achieved all three levels of Henry Leck’s Creating Artistry choral directing program at Butler University and is a Remo trained Drum Circle Facilitator.  Outside of musical pursuits, Nan enjoys painting, writing, and collaborative teaching.