Wingate University Choral Music

Wingate University Choirs
 
    


 
 
Click here to see the full University Singers roster.
Click here to see the 2012-2013 concert dates.
 
The choral program, led by Dr. Kenney Potter, has toured regionally as well as internationally and has gained a reputation for excellence. Committed to global education, the choirs have traveled to South Africa and to the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia where they received Grand Prix honors at the Pärnu International Choral Festival.  With four choirs available to music majors and non-majors, students are encouraged to make music performance a vital part of his/her undergraduate education.  

At Wingate, we strongly believe that the performing arts are an important element of a comprehensive collegiate education.  Our vocal and instrumental music programs promote interdisciplinary learning and assist in the development of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. The participating students, which represent dozens of academic disciplines, enjoy an enriched experience and broadened global perspective.
 
Wingate Choral Music Information

Through regional concert tours and state-wide engagements, the Wingate University Choirs are recognized for excellence. With four choirs available to music majors and non-majors, every student at Wingate is offered a place to sing and is encouraged to make music performance a vital part of their undergraduate liberal arts education.  This singing experience is rooted in a varied repertoire that represents Western and non-western musical traditions, American sacred music, gospel and spirituals, folk songs, and hymns.  Recent performance opportunities include J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Duruflè’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah. Committed to global education, the choirs have travelled to South Africa and to the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia where they received Grand Prix honors at the Pärnu International Choral Festival. Participation in University Singers, Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir encourages the students to engage vocally, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as they practice and perform.  In turn, the singers strive to inspire and engage their listeners’ minds, souls, and spirits through informed, artistic performance.
 
About the Director

Kenney Potter, Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Wingate University, holds degrees in music education from Florida State University and Portland State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Committed to global education, his university choirs have travelled to South Africa and most recently, Latvia and Estonia, where they were honored with the Grand Prix award for best choir in the Pärnu International Choral Festival. Dr. Potter has a strong personal affinity to preparing teachers for the contemporary classroom, and he was honored to receive the Debra O’Neal Award for excellence in teaching.
Prior to his appointment at Wingate, Dr. Potter taught middle and high school chorus in the North Carolina public schools for nine years. Additionally, he helped establish Cantare, the changing/changed voice ensemble of the Charlotte Children’s Choir, which he conducted for six years. Drawing from these teaching experiences, Dr. Potter founded the Wingate University Middle School Choral Celebration to encourage excellence in choral music for the middle school singer.

In addition to his work at Wingate, Dr. Potter is the choir director at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. As a clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts festival choirs and music conferences. This year, he will serve as guest clinician in festivals in Maryland, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Chorister’s Guild, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syble and Calvin.