P. O. Box 410289
Charlotte, NC 28241
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Under the guidance of Winthrop University Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands, Dr. William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2016 instrumental and choral adjudicators and their adjudication dates.



Bandmaster – Dr. William Malambri Dr. Malambri is a native of Fairmont, North Carolina. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.) where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. Currently, he serves as the Principal Conductor of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra.

Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr. Malambri to 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, the United States Air Force Band, the United States Navy Band, the United States Continental Army Band, service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999, three concerts at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Orchestra, two concerts by the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, four concerts during September, 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army band, a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March, 2004, performances by the Wind Orchestra at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, and at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Additional appearances include clinic/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, the Tennessee Technological University Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, and region/district honor bands throughout the southern region of the United States. Dr. Malambri also served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band competition in Como, Italy during July, 2006, and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 2007. He has regularly provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival since 2005. During June, 2007, he conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, conducted concerts by the Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar and Narvacles, Spain during October, 2007, and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia World Marching Band Competition during December of that year. Dr. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. During July, 2009, he served the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands as a judge of Fanfare and Concert Bands, and in July, 2012 was a judge for the Rastede, Germany Music Festival. During the next 12 months he is scheduled to judge in Florida and North Carolina.

Professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National Band Association has twice awarded him their Citation of Excellence. Dr. Malambri is a rehearsal clinician for Conn-Selmer, Incorporated, and available for guest conducting/clinician appearances through grants from that company.

Allen E. Beck Commander, United States Navy Band (Retired) Commander Allen E. Beck was the seventh leader of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.  A Defiance, Ohio native, he earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music where he performed under the batons of Dr. Frederick Fennell and Dr. Howard Hanson, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  He was a conducting student of Frederick Fennell, Robert Gerle, and Donald Thulean.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and continued graduate studies at Catholic University and the University of Maryland.  Commander Beck began his naval career as a clarinetist with the U. S. Navy Band.  He has served as woodwind instructor at the Navy School of Music, leader of the Pacific Fleet Naval Air Forces Band, and with the Music Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel.  Following his appointment to Warrant Officer in 1966, Commander Beck directed the Navy band in Corpus Christi, Texas, and returned to the School of Music as Training Officer.  After commissioning as Ensign, he served as the U. S. Navy Band’s Assistant Director and as branch manager of the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Music Branch with responsibility for the entire Navy Music Program’s management.  He became Leader of the Naval Academy Band in 1979, and in 1983 was the first Navy Bandmaster to earn promotion to the rank of Commander through the Navy’s selection board process.  He was selected Leader of the U. S. Navy Band in 1984.  He has marched in the Inaugural Parades of Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and performed for the Inaugural Balls of Presidents Reagan and Bush.  He has performed for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and for the Heads of State of India, Israel, Pakistan, Japan, Turkey and the former Soviet Union.  He brought music to 49 of the 50 states, in Canada, South America, the Philippine Islands, Guam, China and Italy, and at such sites as the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Maryland’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and at the Rose Bowl.  He opened the National Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and the opening ceremonies of the 1989 Inaugural festivities at the Lincoln Memorial, and has conducted for such celebrities as Shirley Jones, Wayne Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Bob Hope.  Commander Beck is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.  Defiance College honored him with a Doctor of Music degree in 1988.  Recent positions include Director of Bands at Defiance College, Associate Conductor/Music Director of the Lima, Ohio Symphony Orchestra and clarinet instructor at Ohio Northern University.  He is Past President of the Association of Concert Bands, and recently the Executive Director of the Festivals at Sea Program for Straight A Tours and Travel.  He resides in Melbourne, Florida with his wife Gail and continues to serve as adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States.

Larry Clark is Vice President for Carl Fischer Music in New York. At Carl Fischer he serves as Editor-in-Chief and coordinates all of Carl Fischer’s publishing in all genres of music. However, his main focus is on selecting, editing and producing concert band and string orchestra music for the company. He travels the world representing Carl Fischer Music doing clinic/workshops and guest conducting appearances. Prior to this appointment he served as an Instrumental Music Editor for Warner Bros. Publications in Miami. His diverse background as a former middle school and university band director at Syracuse University combined with his composing and editing, have placed Larry at the forefront of music for school ensembles. His music is some of the most popular and most performed by concert bands and string orchestras of all ability levels. Larry is equally adept at writing music for beginners as he is for high school and college ensembles. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.

Christopher H. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. He began his teaching career in Kings Mountain, NC in 1976, completing a distinguished career and retiring in 2005. Mr. Cole has served as the Vice Chairman of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and recieved their "Award of Excellence" in 1992. He was the 2005 North Carolina recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence." Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame in November 2011. His professional affiliations include membership in the NCMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and the International Trumpet Guild. He plays trumpet in the Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs with Continental Divide, a Charlotte based rhythm and blues band. He has served as conductor/guest clinician for numerous All County and All District bands and has served as adjudicator in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona. He is active as a guest adjudicator at Carowinds Festival of Music. He presently teaches at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC. Over the years, Mr. Cole's personal musical performances have taken him to France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Australia, Ireland and Spain.

Dr. Lorrie S. Crochet is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University. Dr. Crochet is the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Other responsibilities include chair of music education and instructor for instrumental music education courses. Dr. Crochet earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her master’s degree in wind conducting and doctorate in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Gary Green and Nicholas DeCarbo. Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri. Prior to moving to south Florida, she taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in the Olathe School District in Olathe, Kansas. While attaining her master’s degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Crochet served as assistant conductor of the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and chamber winds. From 1996 to 2000, she was the director of bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  Dr. Crochet has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2004, and currently holds memberships in the American School Band Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

James Curnow American composer James Curnow received a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University, recently honored with the School of Music Arts Achievement Award and a Master of Music from Michigan State University. He has taught all areas and levels of instrumental music and has received numerous awards for teaching and composition: the Outstanding Educator of America, the Citation of Excellence from the National Bandmasters Association, the North American Brass Band Presidents Award, the Volkwein Composition Award (two times), the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award (two times), the International Competition for Original Compositions for Band and the Coup de Vents Composition Competition of Le Havre, France. He was named Composer of the Year by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979.  Curnow has been commissioned to write over four hundred works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. His published works now number well over eight hundred. As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim.  Curnow currently resides in Lexington, North Carolina with his wife Margaret and is a full time composer of commissions world-wide and publishes with Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation/Curnow Music Press, Inc. He also serves as Composer-in-Residence Emeritus for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia.  Curnow was most recently honored with a listing in the Grove Dictionary of American Musicians (Online).

Col. (ret) Gary F. Lamb is a native of Hardin, Montana, Colonel Lamb is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1971 and a Master of Music degree in performance in 1976. In 1991, Colonel Lamb earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During his military career, he had many assignments culminating in April, 2000 when he became the seventh commander of the Army's premier musical organization, The United States Army band (PERSHING's OWN). In that capacity, Colonel Lamb performed at numerous international, national and state events including the Brisbane (Australia) International Festival and Tattoo; deployed troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan; the American Bandmasters Association convention; and has conducted the Queensland Pops Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Colonel Lamb has led "Pershing's Own" for both inaugural parades of President George W. Bush and for the State Funeral of President Reagan. In March 2001, Colonel Lamb was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2005, he received awards from the Music Educators Association, New York City, for The Army Band's New York City Schools Young Artist Series, the Lowell Mason Fellow award from the National MENC, and the Alumni Achievement Award in Music from the University of Nebraska. Colonel Lamb retired as Conductor Emeritus of The U.S. Army Band on September 1, 2005 with over 30 years of military service to our nation.

 Stanley F. Michalski, Jr.  Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-five years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator and active member of national and international music associations.    Currently, Dr. Michalski is serving as Coordinator of Instrumental music for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Music at Winthrop University where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Carolina Wind Orchestra. Michalski received his B.S. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. In 1958, he was awarded a Master of Education Degree and in 1966 earned the Doctor of Education Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Assistantship Program under the mentorship of Dr. James W. Dunlop. Prior to his professorship at Clarion University, Dr. Michalski served as Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Harrisburg, PA from 1956 to 1958, and from 1959 to 1961, held a similar position in Mifflintown, PA. He is the author of numerous published articles on music education, bands, and low brass and was the founder and conductor of the Clarion University Summer Band and Jazz Workshops and Band Front Clinics. He was the first recipient of the Clarion University Student-Alumni Golden Eagle Award for his contributions in furthering the reputation and best image of Clarion University.

David Shaffer  was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Grove City High School, Grove City, Ohio.  He holds a Bachelor Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music Degree from Miami University (Ohio).   Mr. Shaffer has taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and Wyoming, Ohio schools.  Mr. Shaffer has been associated with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years as Graduate Assistant Director (1978-80), Assistant Director (1980-97) and as Director (1997 – 2009).  The Miami Band has performed for seven regional Bands of America Contests.  In 2003 the Miami Band was selected as the “Santa Band” in the 77th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  In addition to his involvement with Miami University, Mr. Shaffer has over 400 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  Mr. Shaffer has been the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award in Music Composition for 21 years.  Under the direction of Mr. Shaffer, the Wyoming High School String Orchestra performed as the opening group at the 1984 Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Director's Clinic in Chicago.  Additional Mid-West conducting appearances were in 2000 and 2001 when Mr. Shaffer guest conducted his compositions with the Robinson School Band, Fairfax, Va., and the South Central Middle School Band, Carterville, Ga.  Currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Shaffer is in demand as a conductor for honor bands, new music reading clinics, music festivals, and music education seminars.   During the summer of 1986 and 1992, he served as instrumental director for the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts.  In February of 1997 he conducted a program of his music, with the China Youth Corps Band in the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. In April of 2011 Mr. Shaffer premiered his composition At The Red Creek with the Musikkapelle Roethenbach, at Roethenbach, Germany.

Gary Sousa Dr. Gary Sousa is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As Director of Bands, Professor Sousa conducts the University of Tennessee Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate courses in conducting and repertoire, directs the Master’s program in Wind Conducting, and oversees the entire band program, consisting of concert bands, athletic bands, and The Pride of the Southland marching Band. Prior to accepting this appointment, Dr. Sousa was Director of Bands at Sam Houston State University from 1988 until 1997, and Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University from 1982 until 1986. Under Sousa's leadership, ensembles have received critical acclaim from both composers and conductors alike. His bands' performances at the 1991 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the 1994 College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Conference, the 1995 College Band Directors National Association 28th National conference, and the 2000 College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference, as well as four compact disc recordings on the Mark and Vestige labels, have drawn praise for excellence in performance, interpretation, and creative programming. In particular, his work has been heralded by Pulitzer Prize composers Karel Husa and Michael Colgrass, and renowned composers Donald Grantham, Dana Wilson, Dan Welcher, Ron Nelson, and Cindy McTee for outstanding preparation, performance, and interpretation of their music. Dr. Sousa maintains an active schedule as guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is listed in multiple editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and holds memberships in many organizations including The American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Jim Swearingen James Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.


 2016 Festival of Music Instrumental Adjudicators
April 7, 8, 9  William Malambri, James Curnow, Stanley Michalski
April 15, 16  William Malambri, James Curnow, Stanley Michalski
April 22, 23  William Malambri, James Curnow, Stanley Michalski
April 29,30  William Malambri, David Shaffer, Christopher Cole
May 6,7  William Malambri, Larry Clark, Stanley Michalski
May 13,14  William Malambri, James Swearingen, Stanley Michalski
May 19  William Malambri, James Swearingen, Christopher Cole
May 20, 21 William Malambri, James Swearingen, Lorrie Crochet
May 27, 28  William Malambri, Gary Sousa, Allen Beck





Choirmaster-Col. (ret) Gary F. Lamb  Colonel Lamb is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1971 and a Master of Music degree in 1976.  In 1991, Colonel Lamb earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Prior to his military service, he was a public school teacher of choral music in the middle and high schools of McCook, Nebraska; sang leading roles as an operatic tenor; and served as Musical Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theater in Lincoln.  In 1976, he entered the Army’s Band Officer program.  In 1980, he served as Director of the Soldier’s Chorus at the U.S. Army Field Band at Fort Meade, Maryland, for four years.  Following an overseas assignment, Colonel Lamb became the director of The Army Chorale at The U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C.  He then became Director of The Army Chorus, a position he held for eight years.  During this time, he conducted performances for Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton.  In April 2000, COL Lamb becomes the seventh commander of the Army’s premier musical organization, The United States Army Band (PERSHING’S OWN) in Washington, D.C.  In March 2001, Colonel Lamb was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association, the professional association of conductors and musicians.  In 2005, he received an award from the Music Educators Association, New York City, for The Army Band’s Young Artist Series; named a Lowell Mason Fellow by the Music Educators National Conference, and received the Alumni Achievement Award in Music from the University of Nebraska.  Colonel Lamb retired as Conductor Emeritus of The U.S. Army Band on 1 September, 2005.  He and his wife Alida reside in Aiken, SC.


R. Duane Best  Duane Best served as the choral director at J.E. Holmes Middle School and J.M. Morehead High School in Eden, NC for 38 years.  From 1963-67, Best was the North Carolina All-State Chorus chairman, and chaired the choral division of the North Carolina Music Educators Association for two years.  As a co-chair with Dr. Clinton Parker, Best developed and founded the NC High School Honors Chorus in 1977 and was the ensemble’s first coordinator.  He has adjudicated in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and has also conducted the Rockingham Community College vocal ensemble.  Best was named the 1970 North Carolina Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator in Eden, NC.  The John Motley Morehead High School auditorium was designated the R. Duane Best Auditorium in 1994 and the R. Duane Best scholarship was established.  The Eden City Council declared November 19, 2011 “The R. Duane Best Auditorium Day!”, and the Eden Chamber of Commerce selected Duane and Gloria Best as the 2011 Citizens of the Year. In 2014, Best received the prestigious award of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina.  He was also inducted into the High School Choral Section Hall of Fame by the NCMEA the same year.
William P. Carroll served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 29 years—as Director of Choral Activities, Chair of the Vocal Studies Division, and as Associate Dean. Dr. Carroll holds a degree in piano performance from Millsaps College and graduate degrees in choral conducting and sacred music from Southern Methodist University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, he has presented for local, regional, and national gatherings for the American Choral Director’s Association, the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Association, numerous faith-based groups including the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the National Association for Music Education, and a number of music publishers including Hinshaw Music. He served fifteen-year tenure as conductor of the Choral Society of Greensboro during which time the ensemble took five international tours. Active as a church musician, Dr. Carroll currently serves as Choirmaster/Organist for Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro. In 2001 Dr. Carroll received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service to the choral art in the state of North Carolina.
Linda Howard Franzese  Linda Franzese, a native of Canada, has lived most of her adult life in Charlotte, NC.  She graduated from Graceland University (Lamoni, IA) with a BA degree in music and earned her Master’s in Music Education from UNC-Greensboro.  In 2004, Linda retired after 30 years of teaching choral music and musical theatre and then continued on a half-time basis for three more years, teaching musical theatre.  Her last 12 years were at Northwest School of the Arts where she created both the high school choral and musical theatre programs.  During her career, her choirs were consistently awarded superior ratings at regional festivals and on numerous occasions won first place at both national and international competitions.  Mrs. Franzese has served as music director for over 30 musicals.  A few of her favorites include Les Miserables, Ragtime, South Pacific, Crazy for You, and Anything Goes.  In retirement, Mrs. Franzese continues her involvement in the arts by teaching privately,  serving as music director of the Charlotte Community of Christ congregation, and as an Administrative Judge for the Blumey Awards.  However, her favorite “job” continues to be that of grandma!!
Katherine S. Kinsey  Dr. Katherine Kinsey serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University.  She is in her seventeenth year as a choral music faculty member where she directs the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers, teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, instructs music education classes and supervises student teachers in choral music education.  She was appointed the Artistic Director and Conductor of the York County Choral Society in 2012. She holds a Master’s degree of Music Education from UNC-Greensboro and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina.  She began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she taught middle and high school choral music for thirteen years prior to her appointment at Winthrop and simultaneously worked with the Community School of the Arts teaching voice, piano, and music theory for seven years.  In addition, she frequently serves as a clinician of choral festivals for both middle and high school singers, as an adjudicator for choral contests/festivals and works annually with high school choral and church music programs as a consultant offering guidance with regard to choral singing, score interpretation and festival preparation.  Dr. Kinsey has been an adjudicator for the Carowinds Choral Festival since 1998.
Julia Lathan  Julia Lathan teaches middle school chorus at Randolph IB Magnet School in Charlotte, NC. She knows well and embraces the challenges of building a quality choral program!  In addition to regular teaching duties at Randolph, she directs the extra-curricular Randolph Chorale, Rockin’ Raiders Show Choir, and the OPERA-tunities club. She also serves as Director of Music for Children and Youth at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.  Ms. Lathan directs a program including three children’s choirs, children’s chimes, two youth handbell choirs, youth choir, the annual children’s choir camp and youth musical.  Ms. Lathan holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as Orff certification.  She taught at Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte’s magnet for the visual and performing arts, where she was a district finalist for the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher and Ben Craig Young Educator awards. She conducted the Cleveland County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Cabarrus All-County Choruses.   She also serves as a presenter at the annual WNC Weekday School Conference, where she teaches music workshops to early-childhood educators. She is the proud mom of two boys, ages 13 and 10, and appreciates the opportunity to hear the groups singing at the Carowinds Music Festival!
Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral and music education and is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education department.  Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America and Australia, as well as conducting venues, which include:  Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the White House, Washington's National Cathedral and the Wiesbaden, Germany Kurhaus.  He is a past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean of the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and MENC Choral Adviser.  Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVDs.  He and his wife, Brenda, are the founders of the University of Florida Teach the world program, now in its fifth year in international schools in Rome and Paris.
Donald M. Rogers  Donald Rogers is on the music faculty at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where he serves as Chair of the Department.  He has directed the Winthrop University Glee Club, taught secondary choral methods, choral literature, voice, conducting, and supervised student interns. He also directed the 12-member Madrigal Singers that performed at the annual Olde English Madrigal Feaste on the Winthrop campus for 22 years.  Dr. Rogers is also director of the Summer ST-ARTS Program, a three-week, select comprehensive arts program for 300 artistically gifted and talented middle school students held annually on the Winthrop campus since 1989. Dr. Rogers holds a doctorate in music education from the University of South Carolina.  He is past president and governor for the South Carolina state chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and holds additional professional memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.  Dr. Rogers has served often as a middle school and high school choral music adjudicator and clinician throughout the Carolinas, including Festival in the Parks and the Carowinds Choral Festival.  He also is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.
Marc Setzer  Marc Setzer served as Director of Choral Music and Performing Arts Chair at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1979 until his recent retirement in June of 2014.  He comes from a family of professional musicians; his parents were members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his brother is a violinist with the Grammy Award winning Emerson String Quartet.  Mr. Setzer holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan.  He has been the recipient of several awards including the Theodore Presser Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education, a finalist for Teacher of the Year in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in 1988, and North Carolina’s Choral Music Teacher of the Year for 2012-13.  While at South, Mr. Setzer’s advanced choirs consistently received Superior ratings at state and regional festivals.  South’s Chamber Singers were featured several times as an honor choir at the North Carolina Music Educators Convention in Winston-Salem.  The ensemble also performed at such prestigious venues as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Riverside Church in New York City, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Duke Chapel at Duke University, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  Mr. Setzer was the Music Director for the Carolina Voices (Singing Christmas Tree) during the 1983-85 seasons and returned as Acting Director for their Spring Show in 2012.  In 1993, he founded the Charlotte Philharmonic Chorus and continued as its director through the 2006 season.  Mr. Setzer served as an adjunct choral music instructor at Wingate University during the fall semester of 2014 and continues to be active as a music director for local musical productions, a clinician for All-County and All-State choirs, and as an adjudicator for state and national choral festivals.   He is married to Terri Setzer, Choral Music Director at Providence High School in Charlotte, and they have two sons, Justin and Brendon.

Terri L. Setzer  Terri Setzer is currently in her 19th year as the choral director at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is the director of five choral ensembles, comprised of more than 350 students.  In addition, Terri teaches beginning piano, and has served as the vocal director for the spring musicals at Providence High School for 16 years.  She is a member of the NCMEA Choral Board, the current Chairman of the North Carolina Music Selection committee, and is the site chairperson for the Western North Carolina High School Choral Festival.  Under her direction, Mrs. Setzer’s ensembles have received consistent ratings of Superior on both the state and national levels for the past 18 years.  The ensembles have participated in sixteen National Competitions and have been the recipients of several first place and Grand Champion awards each year.  Mrs. Setzer is an active adjudicator for middle and high school choral festivals on the state, regional, and national levels.  She has also directed several All-County clinics throughout North and South Carolina.   Terri is married to Marc Setzer and has two sons, Justin and Brendon.

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education. In addition, he is conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir’s Cantores (High School) ensemble and the Director of Music for Children and Youth at Princeton United Methodist Church.  Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award. Before joining the faculty of Westminster Choir College, Mr. Shelton served as Associate Director of Music for Children and Youth at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., and as conductor of the Chorale for the Greensboro Youth Chorus.  Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the National President-Elect Delegate.  Past ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007).  Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 17 states and abroad, including the ACDA Central Division Junior High Honor Choir as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music. He serves as the editor of the “Music for Young Voices" Choral Series with GIA Publications.

Phil Suggs is in his 30th year of teaching and 20th at York Comprehensive High School in York, SC. He has taught middle school chorus in York as well as elementary, middle, and high school music/chorus in Williamsburg County, SC. York singers are selected each year for SCACDA Honor Choirs and SC All-State Chorus. The Concert Choir has earned 1st place in the Lander University Choral Festival (Greenwood, SC) for three consecutive years. York choirs have earned “Superior” rating at many events including the SC state choral festival in which the choirs earned 2nd and 3rd place in sight reading in 2013. Phil is Chancel Choir director at First Presbyterian Church in York, mentors Winthrop University interns annually, and teaches in the ST-ARTS summer program at Winthrop, In October 2013, he conducted the Lancaster All-County Chorus. In July 2014, he directed the high school choir at the Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC.

Larry Wyatt  Larry Wyatt is in his 28th year as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina.  In addition to directing the Concert Choir, he supervises the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting and the Graduate Vocal Ensemble.  Dr. Wyatt holds degrees from Murray State University, The University of North Texas, and Florida State University.  Prior to coming to USC, he served as Choral Director and Coordinator of the Vocal Department at Loyola University in New Orleans.  While in New Orleans he founded the New Orleans Symphony Chorus and prepared them for performances of over forty major works with internationally recognized conductors.  In addition to the New Orleans Symphony, his choirs have sung with the Houston, Atlanta, Charleston, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras. He has prepared choruses for Robert Shaw, Lawrence Foster, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Schostakovich, Robert Page, David Stahl, Philippe Entremont, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Andrew Massey, James Paul, Nicholas Smith and of course, Donald Portnoy.  He has conducted and served as a clinician in Mexico, Argentina, Bulgaria and Canada.  In February 2002, he conducted Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in his third engagement at Carnegie Hall and in February of 2005 he conducted Beethoven's Mass in C in the same venue. In March of 2013, Dr. Wyatt, the USC Concert Choir, Orchestra and faculty soloists traveled to Spain, where he conducted Bach’s Mass in b minor to full houses in Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid.  In addition to his work at USC, Dr. Wyatt is founder and director of Colla Voce, a community chamber ensemble of professional musicians that began in spring 2001.  He is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, and has served as president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.
2016 Festival of Music Choral Adjudicators
April 7, 8, 9  Gary Lamb, William Carroll, Katherine Kinsey
April 15  Gary Lamb, Linda Franzese, Larry Wyatt
April 16  Gary Lamb, Katherine Kinsey, Larry Wyatt
April 22  Gary Lamb, Donald Rogers, Terri Setzer
April 23  Gary Lamb, Marc Setzer, Phil Suggs
April 29  Gary Lamb, Linda Franzese, Julia Lathan
April 30  Gary Lamb, Katherine Kinsey, Julia Lathan
May 6  Gary Lamb, Donald Rogers, Terri Setzer
May 7  Gary Lamb, Larry Wyatt, Phil Suggs
May 12 Gary Lamb, Katherine Kinsey, Duane Best
May 13  Gary Lamb, Katherine Kinsey, Duane Best
May 14  Gary Lamb, Terri Setzer, Duane Best
May 19, 20, 21  Gary Lamb, Tom Shelton, Duane Best
May 27  Gary Lamb,  Russell Robinson, Linda Franzese
May 28  Gary Lamb, Russell Robinson, Marc Setzer