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2021 Southern Invitational – Highschool Choral Competition and Festival

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Competition Schedule

All competition events will be in the Foy Music Building this year

Monday, November 8

Warmup – Annex

  • 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Savannah Arts Academy Chorale
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Richmond Hill High School Vivace 
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Lake Minneola SoLa Voce
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Savannah Arts Academy Cantabile
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lake Minneola Bella Voce
  • 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Mill Creek Mastery 

Adjudication – Carol A. Carter Recital Hall

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Savannah Arts Academy Chorale
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Richmond Hill High School Vivace
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Lake Minneola SoLa Voce
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Savannah Arts Academy Cantabile
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus
  • 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Lake Minneola Bella Voce
  • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Mill Creek Mastery

Tuesday, November 9

Warmup – Annex

  • 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Wade Hampton Singers
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Johns Creek Camerata
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Veterans Concert Chorale
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Cane Bay Vox Bellator
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Stratford Singers
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Cane Bay Cobra Chorale

Adjudication – Carol A. Carter Recital Hall

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Wade Hampton Singers
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Johns Creek Camerata
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Veterans Concert Chorale
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Cane Bay Vox Bellator
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Stratford Singers
  • 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Cane Bay Cobra Chorale

Awards Ceremony – Performing Arts Center

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook on the Sing at Southern page.

Awards Ceremony Schedule

  • Welcome – Dr. Steven Harper
  • I’ll Be on My Way – Shawn Kirchner
    Paul Neilson, freshman baritone, Southeast Bulloch High School alumni
  • Sakkijarven Polkka – arr. Jonathan Rathbone
    Isabella Wallace, senior soprano, Cane Bay High School alum
    Ami Palmer, graduate student mezzo soprano, Islands High School alum
    Spencer Boyum, bass, dual enrolled student from Statesboro High School
  • Southern Chorale – Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Conductor
  • Special Thanks – Dr. David Langley
  • Annoucement of Awards
    • Virtual Choir
    • Mixed Choir
      • 3rd → 2nd → 1st
    • Non-Mixed Choir
      • 3rd → 2nd → 1st
    • GRAND PRIZE

Festival Schedule

Monday, November 8

  • All day
    • Visit the Instagram Booth outside of the Recital Hall
  • 11 a.m. – Noon   
    • College 101 – Russell Union 2084
      ask students from all parts of campus what college is really like
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
    • Theater Improv Games – Foy 4027
    • Just Dance! – Foy 4030
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Georgia Southern Student Solo Voice Recital – Foy 4030
    • What Can I Do with Music in College and Beyond? Dr. Arikka Gregory – Russell Union 2048
    • Campus Tou – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • 2 – 3 p.m. 
    • Music Geek Kahoot! – Russell Union 2084
      prizes will be awarded
    • College 101 – Russell Union 2048
      ask students from all parts of campus what college is really like
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in the Rock Garden
  • 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
    • World Drumming with Dr. Langley – Foy 4027
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Georgia Southern Opera Performance – Foy Recital Hall
    • Jeopardy: Guess the Song Edition – Russell Union 2084
  • 4 – 5 p.m.
    • Gospel Choir Jam Session – Foy 4030
  • 5 – 6 p.m.     
    • Barbershop Tags with Southern Gentry – Rotunda outside of the Russell Union
      if raining, location changes to Russell Union 2041
    • The Doctors Are In: Vocal Masterclass with Drs. Allen Henderson and Jonathan Murphy – Foy 4030
      Please bring a copy of your solo repertoire to sing!
    • GA All State Chorus Solo Workshop with Dr. Gregory – Foy 4027
    • Danza, Danza and Sebben Crudele
  • 6 p.m.
    • Early Admission Auditions* for Voice majors and minors – Foy 4030
      accompanist provided, *sign up required
  • 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9

  • All day
    • Visit the Instagram Booth outside of the Recital Hall
  • 10 – 11 a.m.
    • Music Geek Kahoot! – Russell Union 2084
      prizes will be awarded
    • Practical Yoga for Singing with Professor Hancock – Foy 4030
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • 11 a.m. – Noon
    • College 101 – Russell Union 2084
      ask students from all parts of campus what college is really like
    • World Drumming with Dr. Langley – Foy 4027
    • Hip Hop Dance with Dr. Sosenheimer – Foy 4030
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Basic Conducting Workshop with Dr. Jeffreys – Foy 4027
    • College Audition Success with Dr. Henderson – Foy 4030
  • 2 – 3 p.m.
    • Jeopardy: Tik Tok Edition – Russell Union 2084
    • All About Georgia Southern with SOAR leader, Jackson Murray – Foy 4027
    • Georgia Southern Student Solo Voice Recital – Foy 4030
    • Campus Tour – Outside Foy in Rock Garden
  • 4 p.m.

Awards Ceremony Schedule

  • Welcome – Dr. Steven Harper
  • I’ll Be on My Way – Shawn Kirchner
    Paul Neilson, freshman baritone, Southeast Bulloch High School alumni
  • Sakkijarven Polkka – arr. Jonathan Rathbone
    Isabella Wallace, senior soprano, Cane Bay High School alum
    Ami Palmer, graduate student mezzo soprano, Islands High School alum
    Spencer Boyum, bass, dual enrolled student from Statesboro High School
  • Southern Chorale – Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Conductor
  • Special Thanks – Dr. David Langley
  • Annoucement of Awards
    • Virtual Choir
    • Mixed Choir
      • 3rd → 2nd → 1st
    • Non-Mixed Choir
      • 3rd → 2nd → 1st
    • GRAND PRIZE

Clinicians

Dr. Adam Potter

Adam Potter, Ph.D., is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. At RWC, he conducts The Roberts Chorale, the Women’s Choir, and the Men’s Chorus, administers the college choral program, mentors choral music education majors, and teaches coursework in conducting, vocal music methods, and music education. He earned a Ph.D. in choral conducting and music education from the Florida State University College of Music. His choral music mentors include Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, Brandon Johnson, and André Thomas.

Prior to his appointment at Roberts, Potter enjoyed positions as director of choral activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and director of vocal music at Dansville High School (N.Y.), overseeing thriving and growing vocal music curricula. He is also an active church musician, currently at Rochester Christian Reformed Church and having previously served Presbyterian congregations in Florida and Mississippi. During the summers, he conducts choirs and teaches voice and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Potter is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs, choral-orchestral performances, and high schools and colleges, as well as an active adjudicator of choral performance festivals. He has guest-conducted and presented on program building for new teachers, group vocal technique, teaching holistic music literacy in the choral setting, and the joys and challenges of teaching music in rural school communities at colleges, community chorus retreats, and music education conferences in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and a guest artist with the Nairobi Chamber Chorus in conjunction with the AVoice4Peace worldwide peace awareness project. His research interests include sight-singing pedagogy, voice building in the choral rehearsal, and applications of the servant-leadership model to conducting music ensembles.

As an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Potter has served as a repertoire and resources chair at the state level in Mississippi and New York and served on the planning committee of the 2020 Eastern Region conference in Rochester. He maintains memberships in the National Association for Music Education and the New York State School Music Association. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi Kappa Lambda, the American honor society for musicians. Visit AdamPotterMusic.com to learn more.

Dr. Dominique Petite

Dominique Petite, DMA, is visiting assistant professor of choral music education at Ohio University. At Ohio, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, choral methods and conducting, and directs choral ensembles. Petite holds a doctorate in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, where she studied with John Dickson, Ann Marie Stanley, and James Byo. She earned a BME and MME in Choral Music Education from Florida State University under Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, and André Thomas. Her research interests include rehearsal pedagogy, fostering musicianship in ensemble settings, mentorship across the teaching continuum, and utilizing energetics in choral rehearsals.  

Before beginning her doctoral work, Petite taught middle and high school music for 14 years, specializing in Treble Choir and AP Music Theory. Her choirs consistently received superior ratings for performance and sight-singing at district choral adjudications, and her students had high participation in Southern Division and National ACDA Honor Choirs, GMEA Sight-Reading Choir, and Georgia All-State Chorus.

Petite has maintained an active performance schedule, including singing in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and ASO Chamber Chorus and solo work as a blues and acoustic rock artist in the Atlanta area. She is currently performing with Red Shift Choir. Petite is a member of ACDA, CMS, NAfME, and NCCO.

Dr. Joshua Cook

Joshua Cook, DMA, is the Director of Choral Activities at both Allen D. Nease Senior High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Tocoi Creek High School in St. Augustine, Florida. He travels between the two schools to conduct six choirs and direct two choral clubs. Cook directs four choirs at Nease: Concert Choir, Honors Choir, Chamber Choir, and Elite Choir. He also established the choral program at Tocoi Creek, a high school that opened in 2021, where he directs the Concert Choir and Chorale.

Before his appointments in the St Johns County School District, Cook finished his coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a part of a competitive audition process, Cook was chosen to lead Tenebrae and Spirit of Southern, the TTBB a cappella and pop a cappella ensembles. He also served as assistant conductor of Concert Choir and The Southern Chorale, and was a rehearsal conductor for the USM Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these assignments, Cook prepared choruses for several masterworks and large works with orchestra.

Prior to his doctoral work, Cook earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Georgia Southern University. During his time at Georgia Southern, he led rehearsals and sectionals for the auditioned ensemble, Southern Chorale, directed Southern Gentlemen, a TTBB barbershop ensemble, and also prepared choruses for collaboration with the Hilton Head Symphony. Within the community, he taught private lessons in voice, directed a church choir, and maintained involvement with the Georgia Southern theatre department and with the Averitt Center for the Arts as a musical director.

A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Cook grew up surrounded by music and felt its constant pull from a young age. His well-rounded education and background allowed him to learn and perform a wide variety of music from heavy metal to opera, and everything in between. This open approach to music afforded him opportunities to perform both nationally and internationally, and has given him rare insight into many aspects of music scholarship and performance.

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Last updated: 3/30/2022