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Adjudicators

INSTRUMENTAL

 

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.

Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His music for winds, brass, and orchestra has been performed throughout the world. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, Off Bass Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. World premieres have included prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His music was also performed as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, which was attended by both President Obama and Vice President Biden.  He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. He is a recipient of the prestigious A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association and in 2016 was awarded the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (the first year the award was given). In the same year, he was commissioned by his other alma mater, the University of Miami, to compose music for the inauguration of the institution’s 6th president, Dr. Julio Frenk.  As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with numerous all-state and regional bands and orchestras as well as university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Eastern Regional Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy.  Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.

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).
 
 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.

Robert W. Smith (b. 1958) is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 800 publications with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog.  Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey), Symphony #3 (Don Quixote), Inchon and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.  Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band, Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His music has been recorded by various ensembles and is available on CD and download through iTunes, Amazon, and other recorded music outlets.  Mr. Smith is currently a Professor of Music and coordinator of the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business.  In addition, is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse.

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.

 

 2017 Festival of Music Instrumental Adjudicators

March 31 & April 1:     William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     James Curnow

April 6, 7 & 8:            William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     James Curnow

April 21 & 22:          William Malambri     Christopher Cole      David Shaffer

April 28 & 29:          William Malambri     Lorrie Crochet        Brian Balmages

May 5 & 6:              William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     Larry Clark

May 11,12 & 13:         William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     Robert W. Smith

May 18, 19 & 20:        William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     Jim Swearingen

May 26:                 William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     James Curnow

June 2 & 3:                 William Malambri     Stanley Michalski     Gary Sousa

 

 

 

CHORAL

Choirmaster - Dr. Robert Holquist grew up in Rhinelander, WI, and was active as a trombonist in the high school band, jazz band, and orchestra.  His interest in choral singing developed while he sang in his church choir during high school.  When he entered Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, he decided to pursue vocal music education.  Following graduation, Holquist served as choral director at Merrill (WI) Senior High School for three years, where enrollment in choral music grew from 99 singers to 225.  Following the completion of a Master of Science in Teaching  Music degree in 1971, (UW-Madison, and UW-Eau Claire), he was appointed Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD).  During his tenure there, Holquist attended summer sessions (and a full academic year) at the University of Iowa, in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degree. After the doctorate was earned in December, 1978, he was hired at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he served as Director of Choral Activities from August, 1979 until his retirement in May, 2011. Holquist also was the chair of the voice division from 1980 until 2007, when he entered a four-year period of “phased retirement.”

While conducting choral music has been Holquist’s main area of concentration, he studied voice at each of his institutions of higher learning.  He has performed several opera roles during undergraduate school, and for the Cullowhee Music Festival.  He often serves as soloist for oratorio performances, and has presented numerous recital performances in each of his professional positions.  Voice teaching has been about a third of his teaching load throughout his university career. In addition to choral and vocal instruction, Holquist taught classes in conducting and music education.  He has maintained a keen interest in school choral music programs, and often serves as adjudicator for choral and vocal events in NC and the Southeast. Holquist is demand as a guest conductor for all-county and regional choruses.  In his retirement, he has remained connected to WCU and the music education program, as he supervises student teachers in music.

Dr. Holquist has been involved with church music almost continuously from 1966 to the present.  He celebrated thirty-three years of service as the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Sylva in September 2016. Prior to that, he was choir director at the United Methodist Church in Mitchell, SD, and at four Congregational churches in Wisconsin.  “While I enjoy a great deal of satisfaction from singing solos and conducting choral music, my greatest joy is to see my former students bring the excitement and pleasure of music to those under their leadership.”

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.

Emily Holt Crocker taught Choral Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, the largest publisher of choral and classroom music publications in the world.  She founded the Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee in 2009, a youth choir for grades 7-12, dedicated to the performance of outstanding choral literature of all eras and styles and conducted that group until 2015. Previously, in 1994 she founded the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and was artistic director of the group until 2009. While under her leadership, the choir grew from 35 members to over 400 and received acclaim for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at festivals around the world. In addition, she established the MCC Harmony Program, with music instruction offered through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools.  As a composer, Ms. Crocker’s works have been performed around the world and she has received ASCAP awards for concert music since 1986. She is well known for her work in developing choral instructional materials and is an author of Experiencing Choral Music, choral textbook series for grades 6-12 and Spotlight On Music, music textbook series for grades K-8, both published by McGraw-Hill/Glencoe and Essential Elements for Choir, choral textbook series for grades 6-12, published by Hal Leonard. The Civic Music Association of Milwaukee awarded her the Excellence in Youth Music award in 2002 and in 2009 the Distinguished Citizen Award – Professional in the Arts. She was named Distinguished Alumna for 2009 by the University of North Texas College of Music.

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.

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.
 
Henry H. Leck An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years.  He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, which is in its 30th season. This organization is one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world.  The touring choirs of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences.  Additionally, the ICC tours internationally every year and has sung throughout the world. Mr. Leck recently arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI as well as “Back Home Again in Indiana and God Bless America” at the Indianapolis 500.  In the state of Indiana, Mr. Leck is the founding conductor of the Indiana Children’s Allstate Honor Choir. He also founded and conducted the Indiana Middle School Honor Choir. He conducted each ensemble for three years and returned to conduct the children’s honor choir this year for a fourth time. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state.  He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE.  In 2011 Mr. Leck conducted the premiere performance of a seven movement oratorio entitled “Melancholy Beauty” written by Bulgarian composer Georgi Andreev in Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center with adult choruses, children’s choir (ICC), Bulgarian women’s choir, Bulgarian folk instruments and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. For twenty-two years, he has conducted National Youth Choral Festivals in Carnegie Hall annually. In 2016.  Mr. Leck has just been named Artistic Director of the Music for All National Choir Festival. Mr. Leck has conducted many international festivals including the Musica Mundi Tuscany Children’s Choir Festival in Italy, the Central European International Children’s Choral Festival, the Pacific Rim Festival, the International Children’s Choir Festival in Beijing, China, the Vienna Children’s & Boys Choir Festival with the Vienna Sangerknaben and the Festival Internacional de Coro de Ninos en Mexico. He is a regular festival conductor for KI Concerts having done festivals in Spain, Austria, and Italy and has recently been named their “Distinguished Music Advisor”. He has conducted many times in Brazil, including the Curso Internacional de Regencia Coral in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil where he founded the ARCI Sao Paulo Children’s Honor Choir that he conducts every other year.  He recently conducted the Tokyo International High School Honor Choir in Japan. For more than twenty years he has conducted a festival annually with David Flood at Canterbury Cathedral. He also has served as the U.S. Jurist for the 1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships and as an international lecturer for the International Symposium on children and youth choral music in Guangzhou, China. In the summer of 2013 he was the US jurist in Malta, and in 2015 was a jurist at the Musica Sacra a Roma. In the summer of 2014, he was a jurist at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.  Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award.  He and the choir received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the Lowell Mason Fellows Award which is the highest award given, by the National Association for Music Education. He was named Outstanding Hoosier Musician in 2016 by IMEA. He is a recipient of the NUVO Lifetime Achievement Award and the Indiana Historical Society Indiana Living Legend Award.  Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, the child's voice, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban and the boy's changing voice. He has produced four teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice.  He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert.  He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has recently written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence.  Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.
 

Kenney Potter, Director of Choral Activities at Wingate University, holds degrees from Florida State University, Portland State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A versatile conductor, Dr. Potter served as the artistic director and conductor of the Union Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as the Director of Choruses of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. At Wingate, he oversees a program that is recognized for its artistic excellence. His choirs have received wide-spread acclaim including winning the Grand Prix for best choir in the Pärnu International Choral Festival in Pärnu, Estonia. Most recently his choirs have collaborated with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra in performances of Missa from the Mass in B minor and Easter Oratorio by J. S. Bach. As a performer, he has been a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall, and was choir soloist for the Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival choir as well as the International Bach Academy, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.  In addition to his work at Wingate, Dr. Potter serves as the director of adult choirs at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. As a clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts state-wide festival choirs and music conferences for NAfME and ACDA in the middle school and high school levels. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Choristers Guild, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing and he is founder and editor of Wingate University Music Press, which publishes Folk Songs of South Africa, a series of pedagogical resources that he co-authored with Dalene Hoogenhout, conductor of the Wits Choir of Johannesburg. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syl and Calvin.

Dr. Earlene Rentz received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from Florida State University.  She is a native of Moultrie, Georgia, and taught choral music for seven years in Habersham County (GA) at elementary, junior high, and high school levels.  She has taught music education courses at California State University, Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University.  In addition to her current work as a free-lance choral music writer and publisher, she is a speaker and clinician in choral music education techniques, and frequently conducts choral ensembles in district, regional, and state events.  She has conducted All-State Choirs in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Alabama.  She has published more than 450 choral compositions for school and church choirs.  Her list of publishers includes Alfred, Alliance, BriLee, Carl Fischer, Choristers Guild, Colla Voce, Earlene Rentz Online Publications, Heritage, Hinshaw, Kjos, Lorenz, MorningStar, Oxford, Santa Barbara, Shawnee, Warner Brothers, and Walton.  Dr. Rentz published her first book with Carl Fischer Music in March, 2009, entitled From Concepts to Concerts:  Building Competence in the Choral Classroom.  In 2011, she began her own online publishing company, Earlene Rentz Online Publications.  Her company concentrates in using today’s technology to immediately provide choral directors with quality music at affordable prices, selling PDF files with unlimited copying privileges.  Her educational emphasis in composition focuses on providing materials to choral directors so that they may teach her music quickly and competently.  She lives near Lexington, Kentucky, where she enjoys her current profession as a full-time choral music publisher, composer, and arranger.

 
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.
 
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.
 

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.

 
 
2017 Festival of Music Choral Adjudicators
 
March 31 & April 1:  Robert Holquist     Larry Wyatt     Emily Crocker
 
April 6, 7 & April 8:  Robert Holquist     Gary Lamb     Earlene Rentz
 
April 21 & April 22:  Robert Holquist     Donald Rogers     Henry Leck
 
April 28 & 29:  Robert Holquist     Katherine Kinsey     Kenny Potter
 
May 5 & May 6:  Robert Holquist     Bill Carroll     Tom Shelton
 
May 11, 12, & May 13:  Robert Holquist     Gary Lamb     Russell Robinson
 
May 18, 19, & May 20:  Robert Holquist     Gary Lamb     Henry Leck
 
May 26:  Robert Holquist     Gary Lamb     Katherine Kinsey
 
June 2 & June 3:  Robert Holquist     Gary Lamb     Katherine Kinsey