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Our Story

Cary Youth Voices has a long history in our community.  Launched in 2000 as the Cary Children’s Concert Choir, under the umbrella of the Concert Singers of Cary, the original choir served 28 children in grades 3 through 6.  As interest in the choir grew and the numbers of children auditioning swelled, additional choirs were added to serve youth in grades 2-12.  In 2016, the Cary Children’s Concert Choirs became an independent non-profit group and the name was changed to Cary Youth Voices to better represent the age range of the close to 80 youth we now serve.

 
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 Our Staff

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ROBERTA THOMASON

The artistic staff is led by Director Roberta Thomason (director@caryyouthvoices.org) or (919) 319-6534. Ms. Thomason has over 30 years experience as a music educator and choral director. She is an honors graduate of Furman University, with a degree in music education and choral certification at both elementary and secondary levels.

As an elementary and middle school music teacher she directed various auditioned choirs, performing throughout the community and participating in choral festivals. In her capacity as music educator, she served as a member of state textbook review committees, developed state-wide curriculum, and was a contributing author for a music textbook series. She has served as an educator in residence in western Wake County elementary schools through a program sponsored by the Town of Cary.

She has also directed church choral ensembles of all ages, with particular emphasis on involving children in choral activities. A Cary resident since 1993, she maintains a private studio of approximately 40 piano students and is a frequent adjudicator of festivals and competitions.

 
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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MEGAN OUTTEN

As a former Cary Youth Voices singer herself, Megan Outten went on to earn her Music Education degree from Meredith College. There, she concentrated in voice and the choral art form.

In her first two years of teaching, she directed an elementary school choir, taught K-5 general music and conducts the children's and chapel choirs at First Presbyterian church in Downtown Raleigh. She now teaches full time at Cary Christian School as the Associate Upper School Choir Director and Music Appreciation teacher!

Megan is a Cary native and is grateful to teach music in a place where she fell in love with it.

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ACCOMPANIST, Michelle Morrow

Michelle Morrow is a lifelong accompanist, having started playing for choirs in a volunteer capacity while in middle school and continuing throughout high school, college at the University of Virginia and beyond. She has worked with vocal teachers, school choirs and other musical productions locally at Ligon Middle, Grace Christian School and Wake Tech Community College. She also currently teaches piano privately and serves as pianist and Musical Director for Ernest Myatt Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

 
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CHOIR ASSISTANTS

Karen Upchurch,
Denise Whitlow 
and Kris Loomis

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