Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2018
Cumberland County Schools will present the 2018 All-County Choral Concerts on Saturday afternoon, February 17 at the Crown Coliseum. Over 600 elementary, middle & high school choral music students will perform in the two concerts. The elementary concert featuring the county-wide combined All-County Elementary Choir is at 2:00 p.m. The secondary county-wide concert featuring the All-County Middle School Choir and All-County High School Choir is at 4:15 p.m. To prepare for these concerts, choral students participate in a two-day choral clinic. Choral repertoire will include a variety of classical and contemporary choral music. The concert is free and open to the public. Guest clinicians are invited to direct the three choirs.
Elementary Choral Clinician: Dr. Heather Williams Potter, Artistic Director of the Charlotte Children’s Choir of Community School of the Arts, holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from Furman University, Arizona State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Potter is immediate Past-President of the Choristers Guild National Board and serves on the advisory board for the Choristers Guild Institute.
Middle School Choral Clinician: Mr. Paul Flowers is the choral music teacher at Hope Middle School in Greenville, NC. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University, where he was assistant conductor of the University Chorale and prepared groups for major choral-orchestral works. In 2015, he was selected as the Richard E. Keasler NC Middle School Choral Teacher of the Year. He is now in his 19th season conducting the Greenville Choral Society’s Children’s Chorus and is the founding conductor of the society’s Bella Voce Singers, a smaller select group of older middle school and high school singers.
High School Choral Clinician: Dr. Nathan Leaf is the Director of Choral Activities at North Carolina State University, where he directs three choirs and heads the choral and vocal programs. He is also the founder and artistic director of the chamber consort, Voices of a New Renaissance, and the Artistic Director of the Concert Singers of Cary, a 100-voice community choir. A versatile musician, he has garnered critical praise for his work as a conductor and teacher. He has performed as a singer with some of the top vocal ensembles in the country and has collaborated with many of North Carolina’s leading musical organizations. Dr. Leaf earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valparaiso University (Indiana), Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting from the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.
Elementary, Middle and High School Choral Students to Participate in 2018 All-County Chorus Concert