Dr. Kenney Potter
High School Chorus
Kenney Potter serves as chair of the Wingate University music department and is the director of choral activities. His choirs have received widespread 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 the Missa from Mass in B minor 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 is the director of choruses for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and serves as the director of adult choirs at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syl and Calvin.
Mr. Fred Meads
Middle School Chorus
Fred Meads is enjoying his sixth year on the staff of the American Boychoir School, where he serves as the Director of Vocal Studies. His duties include teaching private voice lessons to all choristers, leading ear-training classes, and conducting daily rehearsals of the Training Choir. During the summer, he serves as Music Director for Camp Albemarle, the summer music camp at ABS, and as music assistant for the American Boychoir Experience, an auditioned camp for boys interested in attending the year-round school.
Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level in several states. From 1999-2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, where he led the group on national and international tours and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been the guest director for honor choirs in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. In 2014 he conducted the ACDA Northwest Region Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle, WA and in 2011, he conducted the OAKE National Children’s Honor Choir in Phoenix, AZ. He has presented workshops for conferences of the Indiana Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, for music educators at Westminster Choir College and traveled to Hong Kong to present workshops for local music teachers and directors. He has served on the boards of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association as a Repertoire and Standards Chair.
Mr. Meads received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was the recipient of several scholarships. He was selected as a participant in master classes for Chorus America and the Toronto Children’s Chorus and was a recipient of the Excellence in Arts Award by Arts United in Fort Wayne, IN.
Mr. Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver is an award winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with a variety of projects ranging from musical concerts to theatrical productions. Credits include work with Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, 1999 Special Olympics World Games, Warner Bros Publishing, Tulane University and various summer institutes and workshops. With his company Michael Weaver Design, he regularly collaborates with some of the country’s most noted high school music departments, staging concerts and musical theatre productions. His work has garnered awards for best directing, choreography, lighting, set, and show design. His production of Guys and Dolls was selected by USA Today and USA Weekend Magazine as one of the country’s top high school musical productions of the 2007. Mike has been the recipient of numerous awards for his continuing innovations in the field of show choir. Regarded as an expert, in 2002 the American Choral Directors Association commissioned his definitive article entitled “Show Pop: History of Show Choir.”
Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians full-time for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The thriving Asheville contradance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for The String Beings, an Asheville Contradance band whose success has traveled them from Boston to Florida, and California to Michigan and even Texas. They have produced and continue to sell three recordings, with many repeat sales to folks who ‘just wore theirs out’. Laurie teaches music, mostly fiddle, piano and guitar, plus the occasional clawhammer banjo, voice, pennywhistle or bodhran students, primarily at the oh-so-sweet Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, NC. In 1989 she founded the Asheville Contradance, a monthly Saturday night dance at the Jewish Community Center of Asheville. In 1990 she hosted the first Asheville Summer Soiree, a June contradance weekend in East Asheville. Both dance productions continue, and enjoy an enthusiastic following although Laurie retired from full time dance production in 2001. She teaches contradance, waltz-and-othereasy- couples-dances, and has developed a class ‘Dancing on the Right Side of the Brain’ to teach all dancers the mysteries of effortless and joyful dancing/partnering. Laurie also calls for Appalachian Big Circle and traditional ‘barn’ dances for camps, weddings, reunions and retreats. She is one of the best callers for getting non-or reluctant dancers moving and cheering whatever their age.
High School Chorus
Pianist Sallie Pollack joined the piano faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music in the fall of 2009 as Professor of Collaborative Piano. Dr. Pollack received a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University. She was a recipient of the 1996 Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Royal Conservatory of Belgium where she was awarded the Premier Prix in Piano Performance. After completing a Master of Music in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, she worked as staff accompanist at Texas Tech University until 2000. Dr. Pollack entered the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program in Collaborative Piano at the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 where she was awarded a full assistantship and received her degree in 2009. As soloist, Dr. Pollack has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, TCU Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado College Summer Conservatory Orchestra. Her many awards and competitions include finalist in the Concours International Bach Competition in Brussels, and winner in the Van Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition. As collaborator, she has played in Carnegie Hall three times, toured extensively with the Texas Boys Choir, played for the Fort Worth Ballet, coached opera for Theatre-Hof in Bavaria, the Illinois Opera Theatre, and the TCU Opera Workshop. She has also been a performer in music festivals in Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, Belgium, Canada and South America. Dr. Pollack can be heard singing with her family in over 600 songs for various publishers of elementary music textbooks in use throughout the country. Sallie has been a student of John Forconi, Eric Dalheim, José Feghali, Dalia Ouziel and Pamela Paul and has collaborated with Phil Smith, Renee Siebert, Charles Castleman, Alexa Still, Richard Nunemaker, Andrew Shulman, and Evan Wilson. She recently recorded new music by Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley with acclaimed soprano Lucy Shelton for Cambria Music. Dr. Pollack makes her home in Edmond, OK with her husband and three children.
Amy Pummill Stewart
Middle School Chorus
Amy Pummill Stewart has a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance and Master degree in Organ Performance from TCU. She went on to acquire a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. After graduating from TCU in 2000, she made her home in New York City. While there, Amy appeared in many solo venues and was the featured soloist in four concerts with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson. Amy started as a young child in the recording studio where she performed on hundreds of recordings for educational and choral publications and commercials. Amy has been featured as soloist with the Windsong Chamber Choir, an Oklahoma based professional chamber choir, TCU Concert Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in productions with the Fort Worth Opera, Parterre Box Opera Troup in New York City, and with Theatre Hof Zwie Groschen Operhouse in Humbach, Germany. She occasionally tours around the country with her family’s four piano/ four voice show, Clavivoce. Amy has served as organist and worship leader for many churches including South Hill Christian Church in Fort Worth; East Dallas Christian Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City; and Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. She currently is Adjunct Faculty at TCU teaching in the choral, musicology, and theory departments.