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Meet The Adjudicators

Dr. William Malambri

Dr. William Malambri

Head Adjudicator

Dr. Malambri earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.) where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. He is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011.

Dr. Robert Holquist

Dr. Robert Holquist

Choirmaster

Dr. Holquist  completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Iowa in 1978. In 1979, he was appointed Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Voice Division at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. He retired from there in 2011, and continues to observe music student teachers for WCU.  

Larry Clark Adjudicator

Larry Clark

Instrumental Adjudicator

Mr. Clark is the founder and President of Excelcia Music Publishing. Prior to starting his own publishing company he served for over eighteen years as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief for Carl Fischer Music, and before that an Instrumental Music Editor for Warner Bros. Publications. He travels the world presenting doing clinic/workshops and guest conducting.

Christopher Cole, Adjudicator

Christopher Cole

Instrumental Adjudicator

Mr. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame in November 2011.

Dr. Lorrie Crochet

Dr. Lorrie Crochet

Instrumental Adjudicator

Dr. Crochet is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University and the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri.

James Curnow

James Curnow

Instrumental Adjudicator

American composer James Curnow received a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University, recently honored with the School of Music Arts Achievement Award and a Master of Music from Michigan State University. His published works now number well over eight hundred.

Dr. Richard Good

Dr. Richard Good

Instrumental Adjudicator

Dr. Rick Good has served as the Director of Bands at Auburn University since 2007. His current duties include conducting the Auburn University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, the university’s top, premiere wind and percussion ensemble; overseeing the development of all Auburn University bands; and teaching both graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind literature courses. 

Dr. William Harbinson

Dr. William Harbinson

Instrumental Adjudicator

Dr. Harbinson served as the Dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University from 2000-2009. He received the prestigious Appalachian Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992 and a UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching College Award in 2014. He appears regularly as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and guest composer/arranger.

Joseph Hermann

Joseph Hermann  

Instrumental Adjudicator

Joseph Hermann is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he is responsible for a dynamic and varied program consisting of the University Marching Band, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and the Golden Eagle Brass. 

Dr. Catherine Rand

Dr. Catherine Rand

Instrumental Adjudicator

Dr. Catherine Rand is the Director of Bands at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches graduate conducting.  Prior to her collegiate teaching career, Dr. Rand taught band and orchestra for 15 years in the Florida public school system. Her professional affiliations include the CBDNA, NBA, College Music Society, Women Band Director’s International and NAfME.

David Shaffer

David Shaffer 

Instrumental Adjudicator

David Shaffer holds a Bachelor Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music Degree from Miami University (Ohio). He has over 400 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith 

Instrumental Adjudicator

Mr. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 800 publications with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. 

Dr. Gary Sousa

Dr. Gary Sousa

Instrumental Adjudicator

Dr. Gary Sousa is one of the most respected wind band conductors in the United States. Recently retired from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Sousa is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and has conducted throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

James Swearingen

James Swearingen

Instrumental Adjudicator

James Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. 

Dr. Ronnie Wooten

Dr. Ronnie Wooten

Instrumental Adjudicator

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Wooten received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (cum laude) from East Carolina University. He received the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, both in conducting, from Michigan State University, where he held a teaching assistantship and a competitive doctoral fellowship in the School of Music. 

Emily Holt Crocker

Emily Holt Crocker

Choral Adjudicator

Emily Holt Crocker taught public school music at all levels for 15 years in Texas. In 1989, she was hired by Hal Leonard, the largest publisher of choral and classroom publications in the world, becoming Vice President of Choral Publications in 2000, and retiring in 2017 after 29 years.As a composer, Ms. Crocker's works have been performed around the world and she has received ASCAP awards for concert music since 1986.

Jamie Hillman

Jamie Hillman

Choral Adjudicator

Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a singer, pianist, conductor, music educator, and composer. He currently serves as an assistant professor of music at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and directs the Gordon College Choir and Men's Choir. 

Dr. Stephen M Hopkins

Dr. Stephen M Hopkins

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Hopkins is Director of Choral Activities in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, a position he has held since 1992.  He conducts the Chamber Singers and University Singers and teaches choral conducting, choral techniques, and choral literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Katherine Kinsey

Dr. Katherine Kinsey

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Katherine Kinsey serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University. She is in her seventeenth year as a choral music faculty member where she directs the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers, teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, instructs music education classes and supervises student teachers in choral music education. 

Dr. Kenney Potter

Dr. Kenney Potter

Choral Adjudicator

Kenney Potter, Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Wingate University, holds degrees in music education from Florida State University and Portland State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Under his direction, choirs have performed in nationally acclaimed venues as well as abroad, including England, Ireland, Austria, and South Africa. 

Dr. Earlene Rentz

Dr. Earlene Rentz

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Earlene Rentz received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from Florida State University. She has taught music education courses at California State University, Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University. 

Dr. Stanley Michalski

Dr. Stanley Michalski

Instrumental Adjudicator

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Michalski forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-five years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator and active member of national and international music associations.

Dr. Russell Robinson

Dr. Russell Robinson

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Russell L. Robinson, Emeritus Professor Music Education at the University of Florida, has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker, consultant and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, and Australia

Dr. Donald Rogers

Dr. Donald Rogers

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Rogers recently retired as a member of the music faculty at Winthrop University, where he had served since 1975, and served as the chair of the Department of Music since 1996. He has directed the Winthrop University Glee Club; taught secondary choral methods, choral literature, and voice; and supervised student interns. 

Marc Setzer

Marc Setzer

Choral Adjudicator

Marc Setzer served as Director of Choral Music and Performing Arts Chair at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1979 until his retirement in June of 2014.  He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan and has been the recipient of several awards including the Theodore Presser Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education

Tom T. Shelton, Jr.

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. 

Choral Adjudicator

Mr. Shelton is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education.

Larry Wyatt Choral Adjudicator

Larry Wyatt

Choral Adjudicator

Dr. Larry Wyatt is in his 28th year as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina. In addition to directing the Concert Choir, he supervises the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting and the Graduate Vocal Ensemble.

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Tickets

  • Every person entering Carowinds will need to present an admission ticket or Season Pass to gain access to the Festival of Music and Worlds of Fun. This includes all students, directors, accompanists, chaperones, group members, family, and friends.
  • 2020 Music Festival Performer Tickets are $44.00 per person. Observer/Chaperone tickets are $35.00 per person. Season Passholder Performer tickets are $5.00.  Ticket orders must be pre-paid and received ten (10) days prior to performance or your date and time will be forfeited. Your performance will be rescheduled upon receipt of ticket order and payment; however, you may not receive your original date/time.
  • The Festival of Music Entry fee includes participation in the Festival of Music and one single day admission to Carowinds.
  • One complimentary admission ticket is issued with every 15 Festival of Music tickets purchased. Season Pass Holder tickets do not count toward the comp ticket minimum. Complimentary tickets are not issued for orders received less than 2 weeks prior to performance date.
  • Complimentary tickets will be issued on individual orders, not on a cumulative basis.
  • Your performance must be scheduled the same day as your visit to Carowinds.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued on pre-purchased admission tickets.
  • Bus parking is FREE & bus drivers receive complimentary admission tickets by showing their CDL at the Admission Services Window. Cars and vans must park in the MAIN parking lot. They are not able to park with the buses. Vans carrying equipment, or a designated school vehicle, may park in the bus parking lot.
  • If paying by check, please mail your detailed order with payment, a minimum of 10 days in advance, to Carowinds Festival of Music, PO Box 410289, Charlotte, NC 28241.  Please include a copy of the invoice with payment to ensure proper credit to the correct ensemble.
  • No purchase orders are accepted and payment must be made in advance. No payment will be accepted at the gate.       

Warm Up

  • Instrumental warm up is 25 minutes. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled warm up time.
  • Choral warm up is 15 minutes. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled warm up time.

Registration

  • Complete the Online Registration, with a $100 registration fee per performing group, to reserve your 2019 Carowinds Festival of Music performance time. The registration fee is non-refundable/non-transferable and must be received prior to your scheduled performance time being finalized. The $100 fee is for registration purposes only and does NOT apply to your ticket purchase.

Instrumental Group Details

  • Instrumental groups, please note the following equipment will be available: 36” concert bass drum, 23”, 26”, 29” and 32” timpani, orchestra bells and chimes, xylophone, marimba, vibes, 34” gong, full drum set, keyboard, music stands and chairs. The quality equipment is provided for your convenience. Please only bring your equipment if not listed above. All bands must provide their own mallets/sticks, snare drums, and cymbals. Carowinds is not responsible for equipment that is lost, stolen, or damaged during your visit.

Choral Ensemble Details

  • Choral groups, please note that we provide the following: performance risers, which with use of the floor, may accommodate approximately 120 students, acoustical shells and a baby grand piano.

Check-In

  • Band Directors must register upon arrival or no later than 1:00pm, at the Band Registration area located at the entrance to the Carowinds Theatre.
  • Choral Directors must register upon arrival or no later than 1:00pm, at the entrance to the Action Theatre, where Plants vs Zombies is located.
  • At registration you will be required to provide (4) FOUR sets of each score for (3 for the judges and 1 for use by the conductor)
  • All selections of music will be adjudicated. CHORAL, PLEASE NOTE - Live accompaniment only – no CD or tracks permitted for performances.