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Staff

Administrative Staff

Sue Wheldon, Executive Director
Affiliated with Carolina Voices since 1986, Ms. Wheldon took over the leadership of the organization as Executive Director in 2004. She oversees the day-to-day business operations and functions and works closely with Carolina Voices' Board of Directors and Artistic Staff to establish strategic goals and objectives. A singer all her life, Ms Wheldon is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has worked in the education, sales and marketing and music industries throughout her career.  

 

Nicole Bartlett, Associate Executive Director
Nicole received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, concentrating on nonprofit management and urban government. A UNCC MPA fellow working as the coordinator for arts advocacy initiatives at the Arts & Science Council, Nicole most recently served as the Vice President of Public Art at ASC. She has been an active volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for over ten years. Serving on the Charlotte chapter board, Nicole has received awards for her fundraising efforts for the organization.She has also served as the Sponsorship Co-Chair for the Elizabeth Community’s annual home tour and in 2012 she worked on the Executive Team for Quasimodo - Art Projects for Democratic National Convention.    
Beverly Seitz, Marketing Director
Ms. Seitz joined Carolina Voices in 2006 and oversees the marketing and promotional aspects of the organization. With more than 25 years of experience in advertising and public relations, Ms. Seitz has worked in a variety of industries including financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality and over 20 years in the arts. She graduated with a degree from the College of Communications at Florida State University.
Artistic Staff
Peter Leo, Artistic Director
In addition to being Carolina Voices’ Artistic Director, Mr. Leo is the Director of Music & Worship Arts at Matthews United Methodist Church. A native to Wheaton, IL, Mr. Leo earned his Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University (David Nott) and Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California (William Dehning). Other significant mentors include Doreen Rao, John DeGroot, Paul Wiens and Jeffrey Hunt. Mr. Leo is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, having served in leadership roles at the state and division levels in Vocal Jazz/Show Choir, Music & Worship and Convention Facilities.  Mr. Leo is a performer in his own right, singing professionally in Chicago, Los Angeles and London and performing and directing musical theatre throughout his career.

Donna Hill, Director of Festival Singers

Now in her 11th season as director of the Festival Singers, Ms. Hill has successfully led the group in inspiring concert seasons including the premiere of two new works — Beatitude Mass by Henry Mollicone and Psalm 138 (text from the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and commissioned by Carolina Voices) by David Crowe. As the director, Ms. Hill looks for opportunities to program music that is new, sometimes untraditional and most especially music that touches and inspires the heart. She also serves as the Choir Director for Central United Methodist Church in Concord, North Carolina. In the Charlotte music community, she served as the Associate Conductor and singer for the Oratorio Singers and serves as the conductor for the annual Hospice Light Up a Life service. Ms. Hill received her Bachelors of Music Education in Choral Conducting from Winthrop University where she studied choral conducting with Dr. Robert Edgerton. She also studied with the former Oratorio Director, the late, Dr. Mary Nell Saunders. Ms. Hill feels deeply that music has the power to heal and transport the Spirit.

John Quillin, Director of Impromptu

Mr. Quillin was appointed Interim Director of Impromptu in the summer of 2011. He also currently serves as the Managing Artistic Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, and its small ensemble, 7th Son. Mr. Quillin has been conducting church, youth, and community choirs for over 30 years, including service as the former Artistic Director of One Voice Charlotte and its small ensemble, Sotto Voce. He attended UNC Greensboro, where he studied composition, cello, and Renaissance woodwinds and strings. He received his undergraduate degree in music theory, pursued graduate-level study at UNC Charlotte, and continues his studies in choral conducting and pedagogy with a number conductors and teachers. As a published composer and arranger, Mr. Quillin believes strongly in the value of new music; over the past 20 years, he has commissioned more than 50 original works and arrangements from some of the US brightest and best composers and arrangers.

Matthew Hinson, Assistant Director of MainStage Choir

Matthew Hinson has been serving Carolina Voices since 2010. He holds a degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, with concentrations in choral music and piano accompaniment. Mr. Hinson currently serves as Music Director for the middle and high school Musical Theatre programs and Piano Instructor at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte. Mr. Hinson has served as vocal and orchestra director of Cabarrus County Playmakers, performed with Old Courthouse Theatre, and has served as music director for shows with other Charlotte-area high schools and Catawba Care Coalition. He has directed numerous master classes, and has sung with the North Carolina Symphony, Opera Carolina, and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte’s Main Chorus and Chamber Chorus with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hinson has won awards in both district and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competitions. He has also served as Associate Conductor of The Arts Experience choirs, festival coordinator for the Cabarrus County All-County Choral Festival, music director of The Arts Experience summer camp, and currently serves as the Residence Life Director of Summer Ventures in Science and Math at Appalachian State University. He wishes to thank his parents for being his biggest supporters.

Diann Clark, Staff Accompanist, Festival Singers and MainStage Choir

Diann Clark moved to Charlotte in September, 2007 from the Washington DC metro area where she frequently performed with Chamber groups, large vocal ensembles and soloists. She has held church organist positions in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Virginia. Currently a member of the American Guild of Organists, and the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, she is a nationally certified teacher of the Music Teachers National Association. In 1992, 1996, and 2001, she was recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by the Governor’s School of Virginia. She serves as music associate/organist at Providence Baptist Church.

Shannon Faryadi Johnson, Staff Accompanist, Impromptu

Shannon Faryadi Johnson has been teaching piano for thirteen years, both before, during, and after earning her Bachelor's Degree in Piano from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her earliest experiences with accompanying singers and musicians began when she was just fourteen years old.  She has honed her skills by performing in recitals, church productions, weddings, funerals, and choirs.. In addition to being the accompanist for Impromptu, Shannon teaches full time at Southern Park Music School in Charlotte, and substitutes for church pianists in Charlotte and Concord. She and her husband currently reside in south Charlotte.

  Amanda Cipolletti - Co-Director, Carolina Kids' Voices                      
Teaching music for more than 15 years, Ms.Cipolletti currently teaches and organizes performances for kindergarten through fifth grade students at Hickory Grove Elementary School. With a choral arts degree and musical theatre and vocal background, she enjoys creating an environment of creative expression through singing and movement.  Ms. Cipolletti also performs with Carolina Voices’ a cappella group Impromptu, where she shares her love of music along with an extraordinary group of people.  

Vanessa Davis - Co-Director and Choreographer, Carolina Kids' Voices        Ms. Davis has been singing and dancing for most of her life, and has been a member of the Carolina Voices organization for over eleven years. She is a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance with an emphasis on performance and teaching. She has also studied dance and choreography with Emmalyn Davis, Susan Connelly, Anne Blackwell, and Eddie Mabry. Ms. Davis has choreographed for numerous dance studios, pageants, and musical theater productions. She has toured with the performing and humanitarian company Up With People as a featured soloist and dancer traveling to 35 states, Eastern and Western Europe, and Russia. She has sang with several bands throughout the Southeast, been a featured guest artist at The House of Blues and Planet Hollywood in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, featured dancer at the Florida Citrus Bowl, and won awards for her musical theater performances in South Carolina. She also won the National Talent America award in New York City competing against 56 other contestants.