Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Director of Choruses
Kenney Potter, Director of Choruses of the Charlotte Symphony, 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 annually conducts the productions for the Wingate University Opera. As the Director of Choral Activities 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. 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.