Dr. Katherine (“Kathy”) Kinsey
Dr. Katherine (“Kathy”) Kinsey was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the York County Choral Society on May 10, 2012 following co-founder Dr. David Lowry’s 31 years of musical leadership who retired in spring 2012. Dr. Kinsey served as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, S. C.) from 1997 – 2017. During that time she directed the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers. In addition she taught both undergraduate and graduate conducting, oversaw and instructed courses related to the Master of Music in choral conducting program, and for 17 years she instructed secondary choral music education courses and oversaw student teachers. A resident of Charlotte, N. C. for over 30 years she holds a Master’s degree of Music Education from UNC-Greensboro and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina where she studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Emanuel Alvarez. She also has been influenced professionally by the late Dr. Mary Nell Saunders (Charlotte Oratorio Singers), and the late Dr. Arpad Darazs (USC). She began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she taught middle and high school choral music for thirteen years prior to her appointment at Winthrop and simultaneously worked with the Community School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) teaching voice, piano, and music theory for seven years.
Dr. Kinsey has served in numerous state offices for the SC American Choral Directors Association including that of state president and vice president (2007 – 2011). She frequently is invited to work with teachers within professional education in-service clinics, to serve as a clinician of state choral events, to direct musical theater productions, judge choral festivals, and she works annually as a consultant with high school/church choral music programs.
Dr. Kinsey considers her musical strengths to be periodic/stylistic interpretation and vocal blend. She is adamant about maintaining the strong musical and artistic traditions of the York County Choral Society. She recognizes the wealth of vocal talent in Rock Hill and the surrounding area and hopes to continually feature both established and young artists in annual YCCS performances. Ultimately, she encourages singers in our area who have a love of choral music and a need to perform quality music to join us in our performances of great choral works.
Please also see A Word from the Conductor.
Amy Morris, Accompanist & Assistant Director
Amy Morris has been on the faculty at Winthrop University since the fall of 2010, where her responsibilities have included class piano, private piano lessons, staff accompanist for private studios, choirs, and the opera program, and music director for the theatre department’s mainstage productions. In addition to her work as Winthrop, Amy is active in the Charlotte region as a vocalist, orchestral pianist, vocal coach, music director, and private teacher.
She has sung with Opera Carolina, Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, Oratorio Chamber Singers, Cantata Singers, and the Ethos Consortium, and is currently a member and soloist of the chancel choir at Myers Park Baptist Church. As a pianist, Amy has been Artist-in-Residence at Opera Carolina, has played for countless theatre, opera, choral, and recital programs throughout the Charlotte metro area, and is in demand as a coach/accompanist for both opera and musical theatre performers. Amy holds a BM in vocal performance from Queens University and a MM in accompanying and chamber music from UNC-Greensboro, where she was a student of Benton Hess and Andrew Harley.