Covenant is pleased to announce that the Director of Traditional Music search committee has completed its task. Following an extensive search and interview process including 80+ applicants, Covenant lay leaders recommended to the Personnel Committee revisions to the traditional music organization that will provide a structure to enable enhanced music opportunities across the congregation.
Beginning May 21, Heather Potter will join the staff as Director of Traditional Music. Heather will be responsible for the planning and administrative duties for all aspects of the traditional music program, including the coordination of the children's, youth and adult choir programs and will direct the Choristers choir. She is a graduate of Furman University (B.M. Music Education); Arizona State University (M.M. Choral Music Education) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (D.M.A. Choral Conducting). She is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charlotte Children's Choir of Community School of the Arts and has been the Director of Music at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gastonia since 2008. In addition, Heather serves on the faculty of the Choristers Guild Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Heather states, "I am committed to teaching young singers through music to be active worship participants and worship leaders who use their talents in God's service."
Also beginning May 21, Kenney Potter will join the staff as Choral Conductor and will conduct the Chancel and Youth Choirs. Kenney is a graduate of Florida State University (Bachelor of Choral Music Education); Portland State University (M.S. Teaching, Music) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (D.M.A. Choral Conducting). He is the Chair of the Music Department, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at Wingate University. He is also the Director of Choruses for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and has been the Adult Choir Director at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gastonia since 2002. Kenney believes that his experiences to date "have helped to deepen my passion for facilitating meaningful worship that advances God's kingdom...I have grown to more fully understand the power of the sung Gospel and the responsibility of the small choir (chancel choir) to the big choir (the congregation)."
Heather and Kenney are residents of Dilworth and are the parents of two children, Syble and Calvin. Calvin attends Covenant's preschool and Syble is an "alumna."
In addition to the new staff joining us, Rob Dicks has been promoted to Associate Director of Traditional Music/Organist from his current position of Assistant Director of Traditional Music. Rob will be the organist/accompanist for traditional worship as well as the director of handbells and the Angelus children's choir. Rob joined the Covenant staff in August 2016 having previously served as assistant director and music teacher at Cathedral Choir School in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, Rob completed an organ fellowship at The Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York, where he played for cathedral services and accompanied the cathedral choir of men and boys, one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of North Texas.
Please join us in welcoming Heather and Kenney to Covenant, congratulating Rob on his promotion and in supporting all in this vital ministry.