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Employment History

Choir Director, Contemporary Choir Director, Director, Member, Musician

Cabarrus County Board Of Education


Cabarrus County Board Of Education

Board Vice Chair

The Cabarrus County Republican Party


Board Member
Cabarrus County Board Of Education

Board Member
The Cabarrus County Republican Party

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After a tough week as a member of the Cabarrus County Board of Education, Andrea Palo finds her peace as the contemporary choir director at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Charlotte.
"It's a peace that I can't explain," Palo said. "It's a good way to finish a busy week."
Palo has been a member at the church for about 20 years and the contemporary choir director for more than seven years.
"I sang in the choir for years, and I went to communion (one day) and said a prayer," Palo said. "I asked God how (he could) use me. Right after mass, the priest came up and asked if I'd lead the contemporary praise and worship. I felt like that was a calling."
She said that singing was something that always came natural to her.
"I used to sing in front of my mother's stereo with a candlestick holder," Palo said.
Palo also sang in church growing up.
Now, she works with choir members whose ages usually range between 10 and 50.
"I enjoy working with kids because they are so eager to learn," Palo said.
Currently, there are about 10 to 12 members of the contemporary choir, which presents every Sunday.
She said her favorite part of being involved in the choir is sharing her faith with the rest of the parishioners. Palo said she enjoys seeing that people are connecting to the mass because of the music.
"It's a wonderful feeling to know you are helping someone feel the presence of the Lord," Palo said.
Palo said the biggest challenge of being the director is having different personalities in the choir and her not being a musician.
"I'm just someone who loves music," Palo said.
When she selects the seven to nine songs each week to fit with the readings during mass, Palo said she tries to tap into her sensitive side.
"(I think about) which would touch me with the readings more," Palo said. "We have to make sure we are connecting with the parishioners."
While she enjoys a song called, "Surely The Presence," her favorite one is "Above All."
In addition to selecting the songs, she also conducts the practices on Wednesdays and an hour before mass.
In her years as choir director, Palo said she has had some youth participate who have really surprised her with the power of their voices.
"Those just fascinate me, and (I like to) watch them grow in their faith," Palo said. "There's nothing more rewarding than helping a child find their faith."
Amy Rowland, who is now a freshman in college at UNC Pembroke, has been one of the young choir members who have stunned Palo.
"(Andrea) always has a positive attitude and knows how to make you smile and what to say at the right time," Rowland said.
"(Andrea) definitely brought it out of me and made me come out of my shell and grow as a performer," Rowland said.
Like other members, Palo said she does it because she loves it.
"We're all here because we want to be doing it," Palo said.
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Board member Andrea Palo requested that the board put the vote on the consent agenda but include the anticipation of less funding for Winkler Middle School.

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• Coming in two weeks, the Independent Tribune will catch up with Cabarrus County Board of Education member Andrea Palo.

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