Department of Music
College of Arts and Humanities

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Choral Assistant, Merritt Jones Cell:
(478) 952-3125
Music Department Office:
912 478-5396
Shannon Jeffreys Cell:
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(912) 478-5641


William Bennett

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William Bennett
William J. Bennett is the Director of Choirs at Cane Bay High School. He was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and was the 2009-2010 Cane Bay High School Teacher of the Year. Choirs under his direction have performed invited performances at the ACDA Southern Division Conference, the SCACDA Fall Conference, and the SCMEA In-service Conference. He has led clinics on leadership in a music classroom, choral techniques, and sightsinging for SCMEA and SCACDA, and has served as a choral clinician for SCMEA Middle School SSA and SATB Clinics. He serves as the SCACDA President Elect, and as the SCMEA All-State Weekend Coordinator. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, and SCMEA, and served on the South Carolina Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards Revision Committee revising the SC High School Choral Music Curriculum Guide. Previous appointments include: Conductor of the University Chorus and Adjunct Professor of Music at the College of Charleston; Assistant Conductor of the Taylor Festival Choir; and Associate Director of Choirs at Wando High School. Mr. Bennett holds a Masters Degree in Music: Choral and Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University. He holds a BA in Music: Vocal Performance from the College of Charleston


Dr. Betsy Cook


Dr. Betsy Cook Weber is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and is also active internationally as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer. In the summer of 2013, Weber became the 13th person and 1st woman to receive the Texas Choral Director Association’s coveted Texas Choirmaster Award. She is editor of the Betsy Cook Weber choral series with Alliance Music Publishing.

Weber was appointed Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus in Fall of 2014, a group that she served as Assistant/Associate Director in 1990 – 1997. In that role, she prepares or has helped prepare choral-orchestral masterworks for some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Robert Shaw, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Christoph Eschenbach, and David Zinman.

Choirs under Weber’s direction, including the Moores School Concert Chorale, have been featured at multiple state and national conventions including the American Choral Directors Association national convention in Miami in 2007 and 2017. Internationally, Chorale has won prizes and received acclaim at prestigious competitions in Wales, France and Germany, including a first-place finish as one of only ten choirs world-wide selected to compete in the famous International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany.

Weber has prepared singers for Da Camera, for early music orchestras Ars Lyrica and Mercury Houston, and is also routinely called upon to prepare singers for touring shows, including Josh Groban, NBC’s Clash of the Choirs, Telemundo’s Latin Grammy’s, Star Wars in Concert, Andreas Bocelli. and Legends of Zelda, Dreamworks, and Final Fantasy.

Before coming to the University of Houston, Weber taught vocal music, K-12, in the public schools. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and the University of Houston.



Adam Potter

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A versatile musician, conductor Adam Potter is the Director of Choral Activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Program Coordinator for Choral Music Education. At DSU, he conducts the Delta Chorale and Delta Singers Women’s Chorale, administers the university choral program, mentors choral music education majors, and teaches coursework in vocal music methods and conducting. In addition to his responsibilities at DSU, Dr. Potter is also Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland and the Artistic Director of CoroFuente, a community youth men’s choir of the MidSouth Music Institute. He also recently joined the faculty of Messiah College’s online Master of Music program as an Instructor of Applied Choral Conducting. He earned a PhD in choral conducting and music education from the Florida State University College of Music and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education and choral conducting, respectively, from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College, where he was a Presser and Presidential Scholar. His choral music mentors include Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, Brandon Johnson, and André Thomas.

Prior to pursuing his terminal degree, Dr. Potter was Director of Vocal Music at Dansville High School in New York, overseeing thriving and growing vocal music curricula. During the summers, he conducts choirs and teaches voice at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Houghton College, and Genesee Community College. He is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs, choral-orchestral performances, and at high schools and colleges and an active adjudicator of choral performance festivals. He has guest-conducted and presented on program building for new teachers, group vocal technique, and the joys and challenges of teaching music in rural school communities at colleges, community chorus retreats, and music education conferences in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. His research interests include sight-singing pedagogy and applications of the servant-leadership model to conducting music ensembles. In September, he was 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.

Dr. Potter is an active member of ACDA, Chorus America, the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi Kappa Lambda, the American honor society for musicians. In 2010, he was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and he was honored to be ΣΑΕ’s “professor of the month” in October 2015.

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Buses may drop off students at the PAC (Performing Arts Center), then the bus will need to be
parked behind the stadium , on Malecki Dr. The driver may then ride the GSU bus back to the
PAC on the Gold Route, getting off on the second stop, then crossing Forrest Drive to the PAC.
Georgia Southern cannot guarantee the safety of personal items on the bus, so please bring in
all personal items for the day. After 4:00pm , the driver may retrieve the buses and park them in
the front parking lot of the PAC and may stay there for the remainder of the day.
If you have extra cars, they may be parked in the front parking lot of the PAC in the Event
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The SI Registration form has 5 sections. You may go back an edit your answers after submission until Oct. 1. You will need the following information as you register:
1. Group Information: name of school, choir, accompanist, and contact information
2. Performance pieces: titles, composer info (including birth and death dates), arranger, publication information, and soloist information.
3. Staging Details: Number of performers,need for extra music stands and other staging needs
4. Travel plans: number of buses and overnight plans
5. Information on private lessons and payment.You can start filling out the e-form at anytime and you can change things (like your literature selections) and/or add things until Oct. 1st. After submitting the e-form, I will email you a confirmation of registration and an invoice. As the event gets closer, I will send you a list of important numbers, a “before you come” checklist, and a “when you arrive” document. I will also send drafts of the schedule along the way. The E-form

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Last updated: 8/13/2018