Dr. Leslie Boucher earned the Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, the Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology) from Long Island University in New York, and the Ph. D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Georgia. Dr. Boucher has performed with various oratorio, opera, and symphonic organizations in Charlotte, Indianapolis, New York, Sioux City, and Spoleto. She has also performed as a soloist in the National Composers Conference, and has published a CD of twentieth-century art music while at the University of Georgia. Boucher taught public school music and performed as a freelance musician before coming to Emmanuel College in 1998. She is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of teaching are music theory courses, world music, and art/music appreciation. Drs. Leslie and Walter Boucher, her husband, have one daughter, Andrea, who is a teacher in Charlotte, NC.
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Dr. Deborah Herring received her B.M.M. from Ozark Christian College, her M.M. from Pittsburg State and her D.A. from Ball State in vocal performance. She teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, history of church music, musical theatre (fall and spring musical productions), and is the sponsor of EC ACTS. Additionally, she is the founder and director of Emmanuel Arts Academy and owner of her private voice studio business. Deborah stays active as a soprano soloist for church, community, and other professional engagements and is the part-time minister of music for Royston Baptist Church. A member of NATS, CMS, and Phi Kappa Phi, she feels her purpose is to mentor and train musicians for a life of service and excellence. She loves the outdoors is an avid runner and enjoys scuba diving, biking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures with her husband, John. She has two adult daughters, Hannah and Sierra.
Mickey Rowell holds a B.A. from Lee College and M.M. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in church music and vocal performance. He has done additional studies at UTC and Florida State University. He joined the EC faculty in 2003. At Emmanuel he teaches music education and music ministry classes and gives private voice lessons. Mr. Rowell previously taught in both private and public schools in Tennessee and Florida, where his bands and choral groups consistently received superior ratings. He has also been active in church music ministry for over 20 years. He has won National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions and has been active in opera, oratorio and musical theater performance as well as an adjudicator and clinician.
Dr. Brittain holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has done post-doctoral studies at the University of Georgia (Athens) and summer study at the Aspen School of Music. At Emmanuel College, Dr. Brittain directs the College Chorale, teaches Choral Music Education and Choral Conducting classes, teaches voice, and accompanies vocal students. She has previously taught in the public school system of GA and at several NC schools, including North Carolina Central University, High Point University, and Mars Hill University. As a vocal soloist she has appeared in oratorio, opera, and recital throughout the South. She has sung most of the major soprano oratorio roles of the repertoire with members of such orchestras as the Virginia Philharmonic, the Greensboro (NC), Asheville (NC) and Charlotte (NC) symphonies, and the Chattanooga (TN), Ft. Worth (TX), and Athens (GA) symphonies. Recently she was heard as “Mother” in Menotti’s opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Athens Grand Opera and the Greensboro Performing Arts Society here in GA. Dr. Brittain is also a life-long church musician who has held positions as Director and Minister of Music, as well as organist and pianist in many churches in VA, NC, TN, and GA. She is currently the Organist/Music Associate at First Baptist Church in Athens, GA where she serves on staff with her husband, Dr. Randy Brittain. She and her husband have one child, Rhett, who is a student at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Brittain also loves to paint, read, do needlework, and play with her cats!
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Beth Chitwood received her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy in 2008 from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and B.A. in Music in 2006 from Emmanuel College. She returned to Emmanuel College in the fall of 2008 to teach in the music department, where she teaches the class piano sequence, accompanies vocal and instrumental students, and accompanies musical theater productions.
Ms. Chitwood has operated a private piano studio since 1997 in Hull, GA. She is also a piano instructor with the Emmanuel Arts Academy, a position she has held since 2007. From 2006-2008, she was a member of the piano faculty at the Community Music School at the University of Georgia, where she taught applied piano and group piano for beginning students. Ms. Chitwood is currently the interim pianist at Royston Baptist Church. She is an active member of MTNA, GMTA, and AMTA, and has served on the board of directors for both GMTA and AMTA. In 2010, Ms. Chitwood became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in piano through MTNA.
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A native of the metropolitan New Orleans area, Casey came to Royston along with his family to seek refuge from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He lived at the home of his grandparents, Bill and Carole Stewart and soon began attending Emmanuel. After much prayer, his family made the decision to stay permantently in Royston in 2007 and Casey has called the area home since. He graduated Emmanuel in 2010 with a BA in Church Music and went on to earn a MM in Music Literature from the University of Georgia in 2012. Now, Casey has returned to Emmanuel to teach courses in music history. "I believe that God has opened this door for me, and I am excited to see where He will lead!"
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