Country Representing: United States America
Town/Place Representing: Johnson City, Tennessee
A1. Mixed Choirs (Saturday 6 July)
A2. Youth Choirs (Friday 5 July)
A9. Adult Folk Song Choirs (Friday 5 July)
Biography: The ETSU Chorale is conducted by Dr. Matthew Potterton, who became the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities in 2013. Members of the Chorale are chosen through a selective audition process and must be dedicated to the highest level of artistry. The group performs in a variety of styles and genres, ranging from music of the Renaissance to newly composed works.
The choir has toured throughout the United States and is hoping to compete in the Llangollen International Choir Competition in July, 2019. The choir recently had the opportunity to open for the world famous men’s ensemble, Chanticleer. In a masterclass, members of Chanticleer noted the ETSU Chorale was an elite University ensemble, “We hear choirs from around the world and few sound as good as this choir!” The Chorale was also a featured performing-ensemble at the 2016 Tennessee Music Educator’s Association’s conference in Nashville.
Amusing is that the choir goes on a weekend retreat each year to start of the new season. One of the nights is a talent show where they have to show a talent that is not singing. Examples of talents–how many bananas can one eat in a minute, dancing to High School Musical songs, one member can name every basketball final matchup and who won in one minute, Elmo and other impressions, skit spoofing our name Chorale–one thought it meant ocean corral and another thought it was the cowboy corral. It’s a great night of bonding and fun!