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Dr. Katherine S. Kinsey
Sharon Courtney

Dr. Katherine S. Kinsey
Artistic Director and Conductor
York County Choral Society

Sharon Courtney
Accompanist

York County Choral Society

Dr. Katherine (“Kathy”) Kinsey was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the York County Choral Society on May 10, 2012 following co-founder Dr. David Lowry’s 31 years of musical leadership who retired in spring 2012.  Her fulltime professional position is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, S. C.). Since 1997 she has been a choral music faculty member where she directs the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers.  In addition she teaches both undergraduate and graduate conducting, oversees and instructs courses related to the Master of Music in choral conducting program, and for 17 years has been integral to the secondary choral music education program.  A resident  of Charlotte, N. C. for over 30 years she holds a Master’s degree of Music Education from UNC-Greensboro and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina where she studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Emanuel Alvarez.  She also has been influenced professionally by her predecessor Dr. Robert Edgerton Winthrop University), the late Dr. Mary Nell Saunders (Charlotte Oratorio Singers), and the late Dr. Arpad Darazs (USC).  She began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she taught middle and high school choral music for thirteen years prior to her appointment at Winthrop and simultaneously worked with the Community School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) teaching voice, piano, and music theory for seven years. 

Dr. Kinsey has served in numerous state offices for the SC American Choral Directors Association including that of state president and vice president (2007 – 2011).  Shefrequently is invited to work with teachers within professional education in-service clinics, to serve as a clinician of choral festivals, as an adjudicator for choral contests/festivals and works annually as a consultant with high school choral programs offering pedagogical guidance and assistance with festival preparation.

Dr. Kinsey considers her musical strengths to be periodic/stylistic interpretation and vocal blend.  She is adamant about maintaining the strong musical and artistic traditions of the York County Choral Society.  She recognizes the wealth of vocal talent in Rock Hill and the surrounding area and hopes to continually feature both established and young artists in annual YCCS performances.  Ultimately, she encourages singers in our area who have a love of choral music and a need to perform quality music to join us in our performances of great choral works. 

Sharon Courtney, Accompanist, The York County Choral Society is honored to welcome Ms. Sharon Courtney as its accompanist for the 2014-2015 season. A Rock Hill resident hailing from a strong musical background, she previously shared her talents as a member of the soprano section of the YCCS Main Chorus and Chamber Singers. She grew up as the daughter of a church minister of music and attributes much of her love of music and success with musical performance to that early influence. Ms. Courtney studied piano performance under Dr. Eugene Barban and voice under Professor Jerry Helton while a student at Winthrop University. She also accompanied undergraduate and graduate students in the music department.

For 31 years, Ms Courtney has performed as staff accompanist at Northside Baptist Church in Rock Hill. In addition, she is currently serving as accompanist for the Northwestern High School music department, which has one of the finest high school choral music programs in South Carolina.

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