Chorus at FA
About the Fayetteville Academy Chorus
The Fayetteville Academy Chorus includes nearly 100 students divided among several non-auditioned ensembles. The FA choirs travel to perform and compete in national competitions. Last appearance at Festival Disney, they brought home several awards including the Gold Award, Best in Class and Superior ratings. Most recently, they toured the east coast where they had the opportunity to perform at the historical Cathedral de Basilica in St. Augustine, FL.
Students in all choirs perform regularly at school and in the community. The FA Choirs continue to receive invitations to perform with organizations such as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Methodist University Chorale. They have been featured at popular events such as the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights, the Charles Dickens Festival, and WFNC’s Local Artist Concert Series.
In addition, students from the FA choirs have been selected to represent Fayetteville Academy in the North Carolina Music Educators Association Honors Choruses. It is the goal of their conductor that all students in the chorus program experience the joy of singing rooted in good technique and music literacy in a fun, peer supportive environment.
2020 – New York City
2019 – East Coast Tour – St. Augustine/ Orlando, FL
2017 – Orlando, FL – Festival Disney Competition (Awards: Gold Award- Women’s Chorus, Silver Award- Mixed Chorus, Best In Class- Women’s Chorus)
2015 – Orlando, FL – Festival Disney Competition (Awards: Gold Award- Women’s Chorus, Best In Class- Women’s Chorus)
Grades 9 – 12: Varsity Chorus
Grades 9 – 12: Men’s Chorus
Grades 9 – 12: Women’s Chorus
Grades 7 – 8: Junior Varsity Chorus
Grades 5 – 6: Beginning Chorus
Grades 2 – 4: Lower School Chorus
LeeAnn Valcarcel has served as the Choir Director and Lower School Music teacher at Fayetteville Academy going on eight years. Before moving to North Carolina, LeeAnn taught choirs at both the middle and high school levels in central Florida. While an active member of the Florida Vocal Association, LeeAnn served as the chair and accompanist for the Volusia County All County Choir and was tasked with writing the county curriculum for Middle School Vocal Music. Ensembles under her direction have consistently earned superior ratings and awards at assessments and competitions. Through the years her students have participated in events such as the North Carolina Music Educators Honors Choruses and Music Performance Assessment. LeeAnn earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education at Stetson University School of Music and has begun her Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Texas, San Antonio. While in Texas, Ms. Valcarcel spent a year as the Associate Conductor of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio where she had the opportunity to work alongside world renowned conductor and master teacher, Dr. Doreen Rao. LeeAnn is also a published composer, and continues to write and arrange for the ensembles at Fayetteville Academy. In addition, she has worked extensively in the local theatre community as a music director, pianist, actor and teacher, for the Gilbert Theatre and Cape Fear Regional Theatre.