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.
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CRISTIAN J. ALBEE – ACCOMPANIST
Cristian J. Albee, a native of Upstate New York, is a trained pianist, singer, and conductor currently based in Greensboro, NC. Cristian has performed as a featured artist in Nashville, Atlanta, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. He has performed with several Greensboro area groups, including Greensboro’s Bel Canto Company, and has done freelance work at several area churches, schools, and other performance spaces. Cristian recently music directed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Narnia with Greensboro City Arts Drama Center and is excited to be spending his first season with Triad Pride Men’s Chorus. Cristian is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied voice with Dr. Donald Hartmann and piano with Dr. George Kiorpes. Cristian returned to UNCG in Fall 2016 to pursue a Master of Music in Choral Conducting under Grammy Award-winning conductor, Dr. Carole Ott.