Carolina Concert Choir appoints new artistic director and conductor

Press release from Carolina Concert Choir:

The Carolina Concert Choir (CCC) welcomes Dr. Michael A. Lancaster as Artistic Director and Conductor beginning with the 2018-19 concert season.

Dr. Lancaster received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Choral Music) from the University of Southern California. He has extensive academic experience, including serving as Director of Choral Activities at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, Associate Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, and Director of Choral Activities at Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri), Warrensburg, MO. As a professional chorister/soloist, he has sung under the direction of many outstanding conductors, most notably Robert Shaw. His experience includes performances at the Robert Shaw Institute of Music in southwestern France for several summers, as well as in the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed under Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival for many summers.

Dr. Lancaster serves as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Asheville Symphony Chamber Chorus. In April 2016, he conducted the Asheville Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in a performance of Haydn: Nelson Mass on the Masterworks Series. He is also the Director of Worship and Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Highlands, NC, where he conducts the Chancel Choir and the Sacred Sounds Bell Choir.

CCC is embarking on its 40th season. The programs for the Winter and Spring performances of the Carolina Concert Choir will be announced soon. Join us in welcoming our new Artistic Director and Conductor. Watch for details of upcoming programs and information about auditioning to perform with the CCC.

The mission of Carolina Concert Choir is to provide excellent choral performances and promote choral education for area students. Carolina Concert Choir is comprised of over 55 rich and diverse voices from Hendersonville, Asheville, Brevard, and upstate South Carolina.

You can contact us at Carolina Concert Choir, P.O. Box 962, Hendersonville, NC 28793-0962, by phone at 703-598-9061, or on the web at

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