ARTISTIC STAFF BIOS
Heather Williams Potter, Interim Artistic Director, conducts the Lyric Choir. She also serves as the Director of Youth and Children’s Music at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. As an active clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts treble ensembles for music conferences and festival choirs and presents children’s choir training workshops. She serves on the Choristers Guild National Board, the advisory board for the Choristers Guild Institute, and as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for North Carolina American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Dr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University, a Master of Music degree in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, she has completed Level III in the Choral Music Experience certification course and holds Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Leadership certification. Dr. Potter is a member of ACDA, Choristers Guild, and Music Educators National Conference. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Kenney, and their daughter, Syl.
Abdullah Birdsong, Associate Conductor Youth Chorale. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Abdullah Birdsong holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music in Organ Performance/Conducting from Morehouse College and a Master of Music degree from Samford University with additional studies at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He studied under the tutelage of David Morrow, David Oliver, Warren Hutton, Gerald Welker, H. Edward Tibbs, and Uzee Brown. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Mr. Birdsong taught music on the elementary and secondary levels for over ten years. From 2006-2013, he served as Director of Choruses at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as a consultant and clinician for the Alabama Ballet and Beeson Divinity School.
Mr. Birdsong holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Director’s Association. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Marcia and their son Samuel.
Regina Graham Love, Accompanist for the Cantare and Youth Chorale holds a degree in Piano Performance from Converse College. She has appeared as accompanist and chamber musician for numerous organizations throughout the region for over 30 years. In her 11th season with CCC, Ms. Love also accompanies the Charlotte Chorale and the South Mecklenburg High School performing choirs. She operates Graham Studios as instructor in piano, voice, and accompanying and has served as Director of Music/Organist at Avondale Presbyterian Church for 21 years.
Meagan Balsom, Accompanist holds a Masters of Music degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors of Arts in piano performance from Wingate University. While at Wingate and the University of South Carolina, Meagan was an active accompanist, performer, and church musician. During her time at the University of South Carolina, Meagan also taught private piano through the Community Music School program and actively worked with the university’s collegiate MTNA chapter.
A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Meagan has now returned to the area following the completion of her degrees to pursue a career in Charlotte. In addition to working with the Charlotte Children’s Choir, Meagan holds adjunct faculty positions at Wingate University and Queens University of Charlotte.