Artistic Director & Founder
John Len Wiles is Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Northern Iowa where he conducts multiple ensembles, teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, choral literature, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series. Prior to his appointment at UNI, he was Lecturer and Fellow of Conducting and Ensembles at The University of Texas at Austin. His choirs have toured internationally to Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, and Spain. An active clinician, he has worked with colleges, high schools, and middle schools across the United States. He is the recipient of the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, and The University of Texas Exes Outstanding Teaching Award. His research is published by the Choral Scholar and he has presented his work at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention.
Spiritual Director & Guide
Gil Stafford is Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and Assistant to the Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Litchfield Park, AZ. He played professional baseball, was head baseball coach at Grand Canyon University, winning three national titles. Stafford was the university’s president four years. Life is a pilgrimage and he has taken many, including walking Ireland coast-to-coast. His publications include works on higher education, leadership and spirituality, including his latest book, Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life. Gil and his wife, Cathy, are founders of the 2Wisdom's Way Spiritual Formation School.