Two Year College | Women's Choir Literature -- As we learn from the past we understand the present and can envision the future | The Artistry of Pop and Vocal Jazz | Gregory R. Carpenter, candidate for North Central President-Elect | Sharon M. Smith, candidate for North Central President-Elect
...Gregory R. Carpenter, candidate for North Central President-Elect Gregory R. Carpenter has been a high school vocal music educator in Wisconsin public schools for 32 years, the last 20 of those as director of choral activities at Waukesha South High School.His
choirs have performed at state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association
(ACDA) as well as state conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).They have appeared on several occasions with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and at numerous festivals throughout the United States.Mr. Carpenter is the artistic director of the Waukesha Choral Union, a community choir of 85 members. Mr. Carpenter was president of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) from 1992-95.
During this time, membership in WCDA
was revitalized and nearly doubled.His
initiatives to develop a statewide festival, Singing in Wisconsin, and the creation of a Visions Committee have become integral parts of WCDA
.Prior to his
was the state Repertoire and Standards Chair for High School Choirs and a member of the WCDA Board of Directors.He
is the current state Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs.He has served NCACDA as a member of its board of directors, as program co-chair of the NCACDA division convention in Madison in March of 2001, and as facilities co-chair for that convention in Milwaukee in 1990.
In preparation for his
Master of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin
, Milwaukee, Mr. Carpenter
engaged in research and the study of creative thinking skills.As a result he
developed a number of rehearsal strategies to enhance those thinking skills among singers, incorporating them into his
has presented sessions at state and division conventions of ACDA
and MENC on this topic, and his
work has been published in WCDA's newsletter Soundings and has been cited in the MENC publication Teaching Music.His
keynote address at the 1998 WCDA state convention, entitled "Let's Get Engaged," also focused on this topic. Mr. Carpenter has directed church choirs and has served as clinician at numerous music festivals, summer camps, and vocal music clinics.He was the coordinator of the Wisconsin State School Music Honors Vocal Jazz Project from 1996 to 1998.
In January of 2001, in recognition of his
contributions to the choral art in Wisconsin and his
leadership in the organization, Mr. Carpenter
was presented WCDA's prestigious Morris D. Hayes Award. Vision statement "There has not been a time in the world's recent history when the need to nurture the human spirit has been more important.My campaign has always been to advance the choral director as a great hope for the human spirit as well as the human intellect.The promise of a new forum from which to enhance and extend that effort is more than elating."
Return to Contents