WILLIAM SOUTHERLAND – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ CONDUCTOR
William Southerland is a conductor, singer, and educator based in Durham, NC. Currently, he works full-time as the music teacher at The Franciscan School in Raleigh, NC. William holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music with a focus on choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied under Dr. Bill Carroll and Dr. Welborn Young.
William has conducted many choruses of different ages and backgrounds. While at UNCG, he served as Assistant Director of the Women’s Glee Club. Since then, middle and high school choruses under his direction have received numerous Superior ratings at state-wide music festivals. He was also selected to be the Richmond Public School’s All-City Elementary Chorus conductor in 2012. In addition to working with TPMC, he conducts a chorus of 5th -8th grade students at The Franciscan School.
As a chorister himself, William has sung in choirs of all shapes and sizes. During his long career as a singer, he has had the opportunity to sing in Germany, Japan, Bermuda, Canada, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. He has also had the opportunity to work with such renowned conductors and musicians as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, James Litton, Michael Crawford, Bobby McFerrin, and many others.
MARIO CAPANO – ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ACCOMPANIST
Mario Capano has served as pianist with the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus since the spring of 2000 and was appointed assistant conductor in 2004. He also directs NoteWorthy, the small vocal ensemble comprised of members of TPMC. He has performed extensively with both groups locally as well as in GALA choral festivals in Cincinnati, Montreal, Kansas City, Denver, and Miami. Mario holds music degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. He has studied at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He began his career as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, where he also did concerts and radio broadcasts with Dear Friends, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Pittsburgh. With the Robert Page Festival Singers he has concertized in Russia, Finland, Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2003 he was invited to perform chamber music at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. In addition, he has completed several choral arrangements for men’s voices and has composed “Everyday People,” an anthem to equality that was commissioned by Triad Equality Alliance.