Carol Reeves is the Artistic Director of the Georgia Children’s Chorus, a position she has held since 2004. She also served as the Georgia American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Repertoire and Resource Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs. Carol has over twenty-five years experience in directing children’s choirs and teaching music to children in schools and churches in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She taught music in the Oconee County (GA) School System for seven years, where she was named 1996 “Teacher of the Year” for Oconee County Intermediate School. Carol holds a Masters of Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Auburn University. She has studied with Doreen Rao, Lee Kesselman, and Sandra Snow in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Janet Galván in Ithaca, NY and has received her Artist Teacher Diploma from Choral Music Experience Institute. Carol has also studied under Henry Leck at Butler University completing all three levels of certification with Creating Artistry. Further, she has received training with leading music educators in Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, and Laban. Carol has been a guest choral clinician for workshops, county and district honor choruses, and for programs such as Music and Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, NC. She also serves as a guest lecturer for music education classes at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music each semester. In addition, she is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and Choristers Guild.
Candace Stoffel, B.M.Ed., M.A., is a retired (36 years) Choral Director, having taught all levels of music from elementary through college in Ohio and Georgia. She attended Heidelberg College, The Ohio State University, and the University of Georgia. She returned to Ohio and for the last six years taught piano and accompanied the Defiance College Chamber Singers. Candace recently moved back to Georgia. She is also the Choir Director at First Christian Church in Winder, where she resides.
Jared Register serves the Georgia Children’s Chorus as an accompanist for the Prelude Choir. As a choral music educator his experience includes public school, community, musical theater, and church music, where his students received superior ratings at LGPE and juried invitation to National/Southern Division ACDA honor Choirs. Prior to Athens, Register was Director o Music at Pittman Park United Methodist Church, Choral Director at Morgan County Middle School in Madison, Georgia, Director of Children’s Music at Madison First United Methodist Church, and Chorus Master at Madison Community Theater. Register holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Brewton-Parker College and the Master of Music degree in conducting from Georgia Southern University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Georgia, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant in choral music education and studies choral conducting with Daniel Bara.
Altra Strickland joined the staff of the Georgia Children’s Chorus in August 2016, working as the Chorus Administrator. She is very excited to be working with this organization! Altra received her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where she worked on numerous shows such as The Tender Land and The Glass Menagerie, and Into The Woods. Altra toured for 5 years with a non-profit theatre company where she met her husband, Joe. She loves performing, directing and doing workshops with children of all ages. Prior to joining GCC, she worked as an office manager overseeing the Park Plaza Executive Offices. Altra is so happy to be working back in the arts!
Theresa Vencill, Operations Coordinator
I am very excited to be working with everyone involved in the chorus this year! I graduated from UGA in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and spent my year after graduating volunteering at a grade school in Philadelphia! During my time as a student at UGA, I worked in the office of the Crop and Soil Sciences department and with the US Forest Service in Atlanta. I am very excited to join the GCC family!
Deena Barrett, Chorus Coordinator
After being an active parent volunteer for the last six years, I am very excited to have a new role in the GCC family! In addition to a wonderful husband, I have four great kids, and have spent the last 10 years homeschooling the youngest two. Prior to homeschooling, I worked in management for a large retailer, and managed medical clinical trials. My Bachelor’s degree in Psychology was earned at Chapman University in Orange, CA.