Heather Williams Potter, Artistic Director of the Charlotte Children’s Choir of Community School of the Arts, holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from Furman University, Arizona State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additionally, she has completed Level III in the Choral Music Experience certification course and holds Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Leadership certification. Dr. Potter has trained singers in the middle school, high school, and college classroom, and she has taught music education methods courses for undergraduates.
In addition to her work with the Charlotte Children’s Choir, Dr. Potter serves as the Director of Music with primary responsibility for children at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. In this role, she works weekly with kindergarten through fifth grade children. As an active clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts treble ensembles for music conferences, festivals, and honor choirs. She is often invited by churches and organizations to provide training for children’s choir directors and volunteers. Dr. Potter is President of the Choristers Guild National Board and serves on the advisory board for the Choristers Guild Institute. She has served ACDA as the North Carolina and the Southern Division R&S Chair for Children and Youth Community Choirs. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Kenney, and their children Syl and Calvin.
2016 Breakout Sessions
Hymns for Children
Suggested titles, arrangements, and teaching techniques for encouraging hymn
singing with children.
Singing in Parts: Moving Your Singers Down the Path to Vocal Independence
Singing in harmony doesn’t just happen. We will examine the steps along the way that make part-singing accessible for children.
Cultivating Healthy Tone in Young Singers
We will explore strategies for teaching children to sing well.
A Year of Beautiful Singing: A Reading Session
Repertoire selection is our most important job! Read through a set of music that thematically spans the church year and provides optimal vocal experiences for children.
I’m Only a Volunteer! Strategies for Running a Choral Program When You’re Short on Time
Ideas to help the volunteer or part-time director efficiently manage a choir and plan interesting rehearsals
More Than the Music: Children’s Choir and Spiritual Growth
We spend a lot of time thinking about and planning for our singers’ musical growth. What about their spiritual development? We will consider the important spiritual component of the church children’s choir and discuss ways to intentionally address growth in this area
What Should We Be Teaching? A Guide to Curricular Development
Defining goals for our teaching that are based on sequential musical growth and age-appropriate expectations
Can Music Literacy Be Caught? The Value of Rote-to-Note Teaching
We will investigate ways to introduce new songs to our singers that improve their musical awareness and lay a foundation for music-reading skills.
A Flair for the Dramatic: Accessing the Story to Teach the Song
Teaching strategies that draw upon the inherent drama and storytelling nature of choral singing.
Children as Worship Leaders: The Children’s Choir for the 21st Century
Will opportunities for active worship leadership reshape our view of the church children’s choir?