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Meet Our Staff

The Encore Choir Camp is staffed by some of the best and brightest choral music educators in Georgia. We strive to keep a 10 to 1 student to teacher ratio. As the camp grows, so will our staff!

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J. Andrew Bowers

Director of Choral Activities, Milton High School, Roswell

Director of Music at Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church

Jay Champion

Director of Choral Activities, General Music Education and Electronic Music Composition, Lost Mountian Middle School, Kennesaw

Associate Director of Music, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta

Emily Floyd

Director of Music Ministries, Shallowford Presbyterian Church

Dr. Katie Woolf

Director of Choral and Vocal Music, Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Sarah Rabun

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Andrew Bowers

Director of Choral Activities, Milton High School, Roswell

Director of Music at Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church

Drew Bowers was appointed Director of Choral Activities at Milton High School in 2007 where he conducts Chorale, Women's Select, and Concert Choir and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory. Prior to his appointment at Milton, Mr. Bowers was the Choral Director at Carrollton Junior High School in Carrollton, Georgia for six years. He has served as treasurer for the Georgia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is currently the membership chair for Georgia ACDA. Other professional memberships include Georgia Music Educators Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He currently serves as District Choral Chair for GMEA District 5.

A native of Georgia, he holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied conducting with Ken Fulton and Sara Lynn Baird and voice with Loraine Sims. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shorter College where he studied conducting with John Ratledge and voice with Brian Horne. Mr. Bowers has also participated in conducting master classes at the University of Alabama, Baylor University and with Chorus America where he worked with Anton Armstrong, Sigrid Johnson, and Philip Brunelle and conducted the professional vocal ensemble Vocal Essence.

As a tenor, he has sung with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Sacred Chorale. His solo career began with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and their performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. He was tenor soloist for Berstein’s Chichester Psalms with the LSU A Cappella Choir on a Doctoral Recital and most recently the Tenor Soloist with the University of West Georgia for their performance of Haydn’s Nelsonmesse. Mr. Bowers is currently the Director of Music at Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. 

He currently resides in Woodstock with his wife Leslie and their daughter Tucker.



Jay Champion

Director of Choral Activities, General Music Education and Electronic Music Composition, Lost Mountian Middle School, Kennesaw

Associate Director of Music, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Atlanta

Mr. Champion has taught chorus, general music, and electronic music composition at Lost Mountain Middle School in Kennesaw since 1998. He is sought after as a clinician, guest conductor, music technology instructor, composer and arranger. While at Lost Mountain, Mr. Champion has expanded a single eighth grade chorus of less than forty students to one of the best choral programs in the state with six ensembles and over 200 singers, consistently receiving superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluations. In 2010, his Eighth Grade Chorus sang at the GMEA Conference in Savannah.

Recognized as a leader in the use of technology in the music classroom, Mr. Champion has taught professional courses and presented at state and national conventions. In its short history, the Electronic Music Club at Lost Mountain, a digital music composition studio, has garnered much attention. The ensemble recently performed joint concerts in Kennesaw and Birmingham with the Computer Music Ensemble at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Mr. Champion received a Bachelor Degrees in Music Education as a voice major and Music Composition from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He earned his Master's Degree in Music Education, and Education Specialist Degree at the University of Georgia. He has performed and recorded with the LSU A Cappella Choir, the Moses Hogan Chorale, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and Coro Vocati. Mr. Champion serves as Associate Director of Music for Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta, where he directs the Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir.

Mr. Champion has enjoyed success in a wide variety of areas of composition and music production. He wrote countless arrangements for string quartets, choirs, and orchestras. In 2002, Mr. Champion arranged and produced and performed on the soundtrack to Daryl Hury's one-man theater production of "2001 Reasons to Live", working with some of the best rock musicians in Atlanta. His music was recently performed by Cantamos! at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts and Georgia Tech University and by the Lost Mountain Middle School Chamber Orchestra at the GMEA Convention in Savannah. He lives in Marietta with his wife Evelyn, his sons David, Charlie, and Sam, and his father, Albert.

Emily Floyd

Director of Music Ministries, Shallowford Presbyterian Church

Emily holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the Florida State University. In 2004, Emily was selected as a conducting fellow for Chorus America working with Joseph Flummerfelt, Ann Howard Jones, and the San Francisco Girls Choir. Emily has continued her study of choral conducting working with Anton Armstrong at the Choristers Guild Institute and Henry Leck at the Creating Artistry Workshop. Emily is Director of Music Ministries at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to her work at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Emily served as a high school choral director at Merritt Island High School in Florida and at Harrison High and Kennesaw Mountain High School in Georgia. Her church music experience includes serving as director of music at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, youth and women’s choir director at Dunwoody Methodist Church, children's choir director at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, and as a conductor for the Northwest Community Youth Choir. In Crystal Lake, Illinois, Emily initiated a new program for local high school singers called “Singing the Masters”, which gives high school singers the opportunity to sing masterworks with a professional orchestra.

Choirs under her direction have performed in Italy (including St. Peters Basilica in Rome), New York, Orlando, Boston, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Charlotte, and Nashville. In 2012, she took the Shallowford Chapel Choir to Scotland. She frequently serves as a guest clinician, conductor for honor choirs, and judge for choral ensembles, including the 2013 GMEA Sixth Grade Statewide Honor Chorus. Emily serves the Georgia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as the chair for Music in Worship. She also serves on the board for the Atlanta chapter of Choristers Guild as president-elect.

 

Dr. Katie Woolf

Director of Choral and Vocal Music, Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Katie Woolf joined faculty of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts in 2011 as Director of Choral and Vocal Music, where she conducts several choral ensembles, teaches music theory, sightsinging, and lyric diction. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An Atlanta native, Dr. Woolf is also a proud alumna of Furman University and Boston University where she earned degrees in voice and conducting, respectively.
Dr. Woolf spent several years in Boston where she served as the Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society at Harvard University. With RCS, she toured both nationally and internationally, as well as mounted two benefit recitals featuring student singers in collaboration with local professionals. Dr. Woolf has also served on the teaching faculty of the Handel and Haydn Vocal Apprenticeship Program and the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in western Massachusetts from 2003 - 2011.

An active performer, Dr. Woolf’s operatic and oratorio credits include Adina (Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore), Sophie (Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier), Pamina (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Clorinda (Rossini’s La Cenerentola), Miss Wordsworth (Britten’s Albert Herring), Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Solemnes Vesperes de Confessore, Poulenc’s Gloria & Stabat Mater and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. She has also won the Vocal Division of the Naftzager Competition, sponsored by Wichita State University and the Wichita Symphony. In addition to her work in opera, oratorio and art song, Dr. Woolf has also sung with several notable choral ensembles, including the Robert Shaw Tribute Singers, the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University, the Boston-based Cantata Singers and is a current member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus & Chamber Chorus and Coro Vocati. Dr. Woolf’s professional affiliations include the American Choral Director’s Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

 

Encore Choir Camp
July 5-9, 2015
Spivey Hall
Clayton State University

Our mission is to assemble some of the best choral conductors in the state, teach great choral music in large and small group rehearsals, have lots of fun, and provide the best camp experience for young singers in Georgia.

Encore Choir Camp is held in conjunction with Encore Guitar Camp and Encore Orchestra Camp. Orchestra and Choir Camp members stay in the same dorms and enjoy all meals and social events together!

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