For the last five and a half years, the GCS Youth Chorale was incredibly lucky to be accompanied by the fantastic, Alisa Gilliam and it is with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye as she takes on additional responsibilities with her work at Oakmont Baptist, teaching private lessons, and at ECU. Her skills behind the piano were only matched by her incredibly kind personality and she is going to be missed terribly! Thank you so much for your service to our organization, Alisa!
We are very excited to announce that Cory Whaley has been named the new collaborative pianist for the Youth Chorale! Mr. Whaley actually served as a choral scholar for the group many years ago and we are so excited to welcome him back! You can learn more about Cory down below!
Cory Whaley - Cory Whaley is a collaborative pianist working in Eastern North Carolina. He teaches private voice and piano lessons in Wilson, NC at The Singer’s Studio as well as in Pitt County. Additionally, Mr. Whaley works with the community theater and Wilson Arts Council as Musical Director for many of their productions as well as serving as an accompanist to many local schools in Pitt County, Wilson County, Onslow County, and Craven County. Cory has studied piano with Dowell Idol from Jacksonville, NC and Dr. Kerry Carlin and Dr. Catherine Garner of East Carolina University. He spends most of his time practicing piano, traveling, and taking care of his wonderful dog, Bartok.
“I am thrilled to take on this new opportunity with the Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale! After working with Mr. Hancock for many years, it’s a privilege to serve as his accompanist for such a special group of singers! Thank you for this wonderful, exciting, new adventure!”
The Greenville Choral Society is excited to announce that Dr. Andrew (Andy) Roby has been selected as the new Director for the GCS Concert Choir. Dr. Roby holds degrees from both Union University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and comes to us with a rich background of choral conducting in academic, church, and community settings. Dr. Roby is the current President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) and serves as the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, NC. Dr. Roby is the proud father of two children who also hold degrees in Music and he resides in Greenville with his beloved wife Mary who is an Assistant Director in the Laupus Health Sciences Library at ECU. To learn more about Dr. Roby please visit our Conductors Page.