Dr. Andrew Roby - Concert Choir Conductor
Dr. Andrew Roby has served in various choral conducting positions in academic, church, and community settings since 1981. Academic appointments have included Asbury College, Shorter College (GA), and Union University. He has also taught at Gardner-Webb University and has served in church music positions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Currently he provides leadership to the music and worship ministries of The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville. Prior to his appointment with GCS, Andy has directed the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra, an organization composed of approximately 160 church musicians from across the state for 12 years. Andy is a frequent handbell and choral clinician. In recent years, he has been engaged as a choral clinician/conductor throughout the southern United States, and internationally in Germany, Brazil, and Cuba. Andy has also conducted choirs on tours throughout the United States and internationally to England, Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, Cuba, Belize, Trinidad, and Nicaragua. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Andy recently served as president of its North Carolina Chapter. Previously, he was the Southern Region Newsletter Editor and Repertoire & Resources Chair for Music in Worship. He has presented sessions at both state and regional conferences of ACDA, and has published articles in state and regional publications, as well as The Choral Journal, the official juried journal of ACDA. Andy received his undergraduate degree from Union University (TN). His masters degree as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts were awarded by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he studied conducting with Dr. Milburn Price, past national president of ACDA, and Dr. John Dickson, currently the Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana State University (LSU). His vocal pedagogy studies were with Dr. Jay Wilkey.
Luke Hancock - Youth Chorale Conductor
Luke Hancock is the Choral Director at Beddingfield High School in Wilson, NC where he conducts the BHS Mixed Chorus and Vocal Ensemble. Under his direction, Beddingfield has consistently received Superior ratings at state and regional festivals and competitions and in 2019, Mr. Hancock was selected as the Scott Jones Memorial Teacher of the Year. As an active member of the North Carolina Music Educator's Association, Mr. Hancock organizes and hosts Solo/Small-Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication for his district and he also hosts the zone rehearsal for the North Carolina High School All-State Chorus. Prior to his appointment at Beddingfield, Mr. Hancock served as the Choral Director at Greene Central High School and also at South and West Edgecombe Middle Schools. Mr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University where he studied voice with Mr. John Kramar, music education with Dr. Jeffrey Ward, and conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara. Mr. Hancock was a Magna Cum Laude graduate, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and a member of the ECU Chamber Singers, Choral Scholars, University Chorale, Marching Pirates, and he was also a frequent performer in the ECU Opera Theatre. Mr. Hancock has been conducting the GCS Youth Chorale since 2013.
Paul Flowers - Children's Chorus & Bella Voce Conductor
Mr. Flowers is the choral music teacher at Hope Middle School in Greenville, NC. In 2015 he was selected as the Richard E. Keasler NC Middle School Choral Teacher of the Year. Previously, he was selected as the first Hope Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2006. The Hope Middle School Chorus, under his direction, has received consistent Superior ratings at state festivals since the school opened. Also, the Hope Chorus has received First Place and Grand Champion trophies at Music Showcase Festivals. The chorus also received Silver and Bronze trophies at Festival Disney, Orlando, Florida. He is now in his 20th season conducting the Greenville Choral Society’s Children’s Chorus and is founding conductor of the society’s Bella Voce singers, a smaller select group of older middle school and high school singers. He is frequently invited to serve as clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals.. Mr. Flowers has taught pre-kindergarten through high school and has served as music director in churches, directing fully graded music programs. Currently he is Director of Music Ministries at Jarvis Memorial UMC Church, Greenville. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University, where he was assistant conductor of the University Chorale and prepared groups for major choral-orchestral works. He served as president of the ECU chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He serves on the NCMEA Middle School Board and coordinates the NC Middle School Choral Teacher of the Year program. He also serves the NC ACDA Board of Directors as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Children’s and Youth Choirs. Mr. Flowers’ students have been selected for many North Carolina All- State and Honor Choirs and have participated in prestigious music camps. His choirs have participated in concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City, Washington D.C., Williamsburg Virginia, Charleston SC, and Orlando Florida.
Davis Martin - Concert Choir Assistant Conductor
Davis Martin is a graduate student at East Carolina University pursuing a Master of Music with concentrations in Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy. He is a native of Pitt County, having attended Farmville Central High School, and he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition also at East Carolina University. During his undergraduate degree, Mr. Martin studied piano with Dr. Keiko Sekino, voice with Mr. John Kramar, and composition with Dr. Ed Jacobs and Dr. Marc Faris. He currently studies conducting with Dr. James Franklin, voice with Dr. Catherine Gardner, and composition with Dr. Ed Jacobs. As a composer, Mr. Martin frequently has works premiered by ECU students and staff and they are often a part of the NC New Music Initiative and he also organizes and leads the Frequencies concert series at ECU, which features an annual concert of students performing new music. As a performer, Mr. Martin has been a member of the ECU Chamber Singers for four years and has appeared in a number of ECU Opera Theatre productions. Lastly, as a graduate student in Choral Conducting, Mr. Martin has led the ECU Collegiate Choir, comprised mostly of undergraduate voice majors and has also served as a teaching assistant for the ECU University Chorale, leading sectionals and accompanying the choir.