Conductors

  •   Christopher Warren-Green, Music Director

    • Working extensively in the US, Christopher Warren-Green is currently Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest of orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and Houston Symphony - both of which he conducts this season. Other key North American engagements have included The Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Saint Louis, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.
       
      As Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Chamber Orchestra, Warren-Green is dedicated to the promotion of new works and the established chamber orchestra repertoire. Passionate about music education, he plays a key role in Music Junction, a ground-breaking project where young people from very different backgrounds work together to create mutual empathy and connection through music-making.

      Warren-Green works regularly with the Orchestre National de Belgique and this season he joins the orchestra on tour. He also returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and makes his debut with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. He has previously worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Iceland Symphony, KBS Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony, Zürcher Kammerorchester and Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
       
      A regular conductor at summer festivals, Warren-Green appeared at the Istanbul Music Festival in June 2014. Previous festival engagements have included the Three Choirs and Lichfield festivals with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Summer Arts Weekend Festival, International Music Festival 'Chopin and his Europe' with Sinfonia Varsovia and the Enescu Festival.
       
      Over the last thirty years Christopher Warren-Green has been personally invited to conduct for the Royal Family on many occasions. In April 2011 he conducted the London Chamber Orchestra during the marriage ceremony of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast to a global audience of two billion. Other notable occasions have included Her Majesty The Queen's 80th birthday celebrations at Kew Palace and HRH The Prince of Wales' 60th birthday concert.
       
      Warren-Green's previous orchestral appointments have included Principal Conductor of the Athens Camerata (Resident Orchestra of the Megaron) and Chief Conductor of both the Nordiska Kammar Orkestern and Jönköpings Sinfonietta. He has recorded extensively for Sony, Phillips, Virgin EMI, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon, and also records with the London Chamber Orchestra for Signum Classics. Christopher Warren-Green is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. 
        
      Warren-Green makes his home in Charlotte, North Carolina with wife, violinist Rosemary Furniss.


  • Kenney Potter, Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor

    • Kenney Potter, Director of Choral Activities at Wingate University, holds degrees from Florida State University, Portland State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A versatile conductor, Dr. Potter served as the artistic director and conductor of the Union Symphony Orchestra and annually conducts the productions for the Wingate University Opera. His choirs have received wide-spread acclaim including winning the Grand Prix for best choir in the Pärnu International Choral Festival in Pärnu, Estonia. Most recently his choirs have collaborated with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra in performances of Magnificat by J. S. Bach and Messiah by G. F. Handel. In April, they will perform the Missa from the Mass in B minor by J. S. Bach. As a performer, he has been a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall, and was choir soloist for the Grammy-winning Oregon Bach Festival choir as well as the International Bach Academy, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Most recently, he sang the role of Judas in J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers.

      In addition to his work at Wingate, Dr. Potter serves as the director of adult choirs at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. As a clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts festival choirs and music conferences. This year, he will serve as guest clinician in festivals in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Nairobi, Kenya. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Choristers Guild, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing and he is founder and editor of Wingate University Music Press, which publishes Folk Songs of South Africa, a series of pedagogical resources that he co-authored with Dalene Hoogenhout, conductor of the Wits Choir of Johannesburg. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Heather, and their children, Syl and Calvin.


  • Ernest Pereira, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Music Director

    • The Symphony Guild of Charlotte Endowed Chair and Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, Dr. Ernest Pereira has vigorously improved and expanded the two ensembles over the past twenty years, leading the CSYO in performances at Charlotte's Festival in the Park and Summer Pops at Symphony Park, as well as the prestigious venues of Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, and Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. He has guest conducted the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and has appeared on several local chamber music series as either a violinist or conductor. For a number of years, Dr. Pereira was featured at the Charlotte Symphony's annual Youth Festival, conducting the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as the combined professional and youth orchestras.

      He co-directed, with Dr. Paul Nitsch, the Fun with Chamber Music program for youth at Queens University of Charlotte. Students from his orchestra and private teaching studio have gone on to major in music at noted conservatories and universities, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin, the Yale School of Music, the Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University.

      A native of South Africa, Dr. Pereira received his early training in violin in Pretoria from Walter Mony and Alan Solomon and holds Teacher and Performer Licentiates from the University of South Africa. He studied in this country with David Cerone, graduating as valedictorian from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1981 and a Master of Music degree in 1982. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas in 1987, studying with Vincent Frittelli. Dr. Pereira served as Concertmaster of both the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as well as the University of Texas Orchestra and conducted the University of Texas String Project Orchestra. Since 1985, Dr. Pereira has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared frequently as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South Africa, and Namibia and has soloed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. He believes strongly in educating young musicians and maintains an active and successful violin studio.

  •   Albert-George Schram, Conductor

    • Equally adept at conducting classical and pops programs, Albert-George Schram has led a wide variety of repertoire for many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Schram is currently Resident Staff Conductor of the Columbus (OH) and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. He has conducted classical, pops, holiday and educational concerts for both Orchestras. He has also served as Music Director of the Lubbock (TX) Symphony and the Lynn Philharmonia (FL). Most recently, Schram concluded his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Previously he has held titled positions with the Louisville and Florida Philharmonic Orchestras.

      Schram's guest-conducting roster has included the symphonies of Dallas, Charlotte, Tucson, New Orleans (Louisiana Philharmonic), Oklahoma City, Louisville, Spokane, San Antonio and Orlando, among others. His conducting engagements abroad have been with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the KBS (Seoul) and Teagu Symphonies in Korea, the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional of Bolivia, the Orquestra Sinfonica Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza) in Argentina, the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and the Orchester der Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft (Luzern) in Switzerland.

      Educated at The Hague Conservatory in his native Netherlands, Schram has also studied at the Universities of Calgary and Victoria in Canada, and the University of Washington. His teachers have included Rafael Kubelik, Franco Ferrara, Abraham Kaplan and Neeme Jarvi.

      On the classical side, Schram has worked with many distinguished artists, including pianists Lang Lang and Olga Kern and violinist Elmar Oliveira, among many others. His vast performance repertoire has included most of the standard symphonic masterpieces, especially the great symphonies of Gustav Mahler, the subject of his dissertation. He has had a lifelong affinity for performing the great choral-orchestral works, in particular the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Berlioz, et al. This, in addition to music by such acclaimed contemporary composers as John Corigliano and Jennifer Higdon.

      As a pops conductor, Schram has worked with James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Chris Botti, Boyz II Men, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny G, Olivia Newton-John, Smokey Robinson, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, and numerous others. He has created a large variety of themed programs, celebrating everything from "Home for the Holidays" (Christmas), and "That's Amore" (Valentine's), to swinging jazz big band, country and soul music.

      George currently resides in Florida with his wife, Debbie. Their three children are all grown up! In his spare time George is an avid racquetball player and a certified Group-Fitness Instructor.

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