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. For the past 12 years, Andy has directed the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra, an organization composed of approximately 160 church musicians from across the state. 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 currently serves 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, Women's Chamber Ensemble, 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 BHS Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University where he studied voice with Mr. John Kramar and conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara. He 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. He was selected the Hope Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008. Currently Mr. Flowers is in his 18th season as director of the Greenville Choral Society Children’s Chorus and is founding director of the GCS Bella Voce Singers. He is frequently an invited clinician, conductor and adjudicator for various choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout North Carolina.