The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts is a magnet program housed at Pebblebrook High School near Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to regular academic studies, each student in the magnet program is enrolled in a major area in voice, dance, drama or technical theater. Many students also study in a secondary area.
The vocal program at CCCEPA includes ten different ensembles, ranging from a select 18-Voice a cappella choir to a 165-voice Chorale. Recent performance highlights include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, selections from Handel’s Messiah, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata. The vocal department has participated in the National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall and the Southeastern ACDA convention in Charleston, WV. Guest artists at CCCEPA have included Craig Jessop, Mack Wilberg, Morton Lauridsen, and Indra Thomas. Graduates of CCCEPA have gone on to study and perform at major colleges, conservatories and universities across the United States, including New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Oberlin Conservatory, New York University, The Juilliard School, The University of Michigan, and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Three faculty members share responsibilities within the vocal department. Evelyn White, coordinator of piano studies, is a jazz pianist and vocalist who spent ten years as a performer and clinician at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and continues to play throughout the Southeast. Erin Palmer, coordinator of music theory, is a pianist and vocal coach who has trained and performed at the AIMS institute in Graz, Austria, SongFest, and the Eastern Music Festival. Dr. Katie Woolf, director of vocal and choral music, previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society and on the vocal faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. For more information, please visit www.cccepa.com.