Honors Chorus

2018 NCEHC Chair

Hello wonderful elementary music teachers! My name is Kathy Smith and I will be serving as the NCEHC Chair for 2018 and 2019. I have taught K-8 General Music, Chorus, and Theatre Arts in the NC Public School System for 27 years. Currently, I teach in Pitt County. It is my pleasure to serve as a clinical teacher, Pitt County Elementary Honors Chorus Chair, Pitt County Middle School Honors Chorus Co-chair and currently to serve as the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus Chairperson. 

Christy White will serve as the NCEHC co-chair for 2018 and 2019. She has taught in Lenoir County for the past 21 years. White holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and music therapy and a master’s degree in music education from East Carolina University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in early and middle childhood music. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school administration at East Carolina University. 

If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Elementary Honors Chorus

The North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus is a group of approximately 195 students who are chosen from across North Carolina to perform at the NCMEA Conference each year. The purpose of this Honors Chorus is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their abilities to the greatest possible extent. Teachers who are members of NCMEA are permitted to send in auditions from six of their students. Adjudicators are hired to select the members of the Honors Chorus. Teachers then work with their students in preparation for the concert and students spend the day before the concert working with the clinician. Participating in the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus is very rewarding for teachers, students and their families.

Eligibility requirements for NCMEA Elementary Honors Chorus is set by the Honors Chorus committee. NCMEA supports each member section’s autonomy when setting criteria for participation in student events.  

2018 NC Elementary Honors Chorus Conductor

Kristina Caswell MacMullen serves as assistant professor of conducting and assistant director of Choral Activities at The Ohio State University, where she conducts Women’s Glee Club and instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting and choral pedagogy.

As an active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. MacMullen has conducted All-State and honors choirs throughout the United States. Upcoming engagements involve students in Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In 2011 she was runner-up in the National American Choral Directors’ Association graduate level conducting competition. Other awards include selection as a Fulbright Fellowship Alternate to Slovenia, the Don and Kay Cash Fellowship, and being named a graduate student of distinction for Texas Tech University in the areas of music and humanities. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009).

Dr. MacMullen earned both the bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from Michigan State University. She completed the doctor of musical arts degree at Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment at The Ohio State University, Dr. MacMullen enjoyed a diverse career as a public school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national, and international conferences.