Planned Choral Events During the Year 2023-2024
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Carolyn Gross brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role at Grosse Pointe South High School. For a rewarding twenty-six years she devoted herself to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools Music Department teaching choir and drama at Brownell Middle School. She served for twelve years as a music department chair, leading the annual Summer Choir Workshop, music directing the all-school musicals, and mentoring many student teachers. Most recently, she led the music learning at the Grosse Pointe Academy.
Carolyn directed the MSVMA Middle School State Honors Choir in 2012, the MMEA Elementary Honors Choir in 2019, and the Ohio Music Education Association District 1 Honors Choir in 2023. Her 8th grade choir performed at MSVMA Choral Hour in 2016 and 2018 and the Michigan ACDA fall
Conference in 2017. Carolyn is also the founding artistic director and conductor of the community choir, One Voice, in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Carolyn resides in Grosse Pointe Park with her husband James and their three children Eliana, Danny and Nolan.
Richard has served as the accompanist for Grosse Pointe South choirs since August 2004. Prior to South, he served for nine years as the accompanist at Rochester High School. Richard also served on the full board of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) in various capacities from 1999 to 2013. He is also the organist at First Congregational Church in New Baltimore and has worked in church music for over 20 years. A graduate of Ball State University, he has worked with Gordon Nelson, Thomas Sheets, Steve Zegree, Charlene Archibeque, Neeme Jarvi, John Morris Russell, Jeff Tyzik, Thomas Wilkins, and Leonard Slatkin. He has also had the opportunity to participate in High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City as a singer in July 2004 and an organist in February 2012.
A Cappella Director
Nick Kuhl has worked for several years as a private vocal instructor and freelance choral director for Grosse Pointe Public Schools, and is currently the co-director of vocal music at Seneca Middle School in Macomb, Michigan, where he has the pleasure of teaching nearly 500 choir students each day. He has been a professional musician and freelance vocalist throughout the Detroit area for over a decade. Nick has received numerous awards for singing, including the National Showstoppers Vocal Competition in Disney World and the Toronto Vocal Competition for Classical Singing. He has been a featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Pops Orchestra, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Nick has performed and recorded in New York and Nashville under Warner Music Group, performed in X Generation and other Tangerine Moon Productions acts, and currently performs in Nick Kuhl and the Gang, one of Detroit’s leading wedding bands.
Dallas J. Pritt
Dallas J. Pritt works as a choreographer, show designer, and vocal coach for ensembles in Alabama, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maryland, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio. His groups have won many awards including Best Choreography, Best Show Design, and Best Vocals along with becoming consistent finalists and top placers both in their divisions and nationally. He is the recipient of the national 2018 FAME Aspire Award for Best New Choreographer, after being nominated in 2017. As an actor, singer, and dancer, he has been seen across the country at regional theatres, theme parks, and on television. He is recognized for starring in the award-winning short film. 'A Heart's Calling', the national Toyota Tacoma Mall Terrain commercial, the online Curology Pimple commercial, and co-starring as Chet alongside Billy Ray Cyrus in season two of 'Still The King' on CMT. You may also recognize him from performing at off-Broadway's York Theatre Company, Theatre West Virginia, Huron Playhouse, Cedar Point, Six Flags Over Georgia, Valleyfair, Kings Island, and Coney Island. Dallas holds a BFA in Musical Theatre after studying at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and Lipscomb University's College of Entertainment and the Arts.
Andrew Pankiewicz discovered a love for dance in a dark, abandoned room. Developing technique in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Congolese, Contemporary, and Modern dance, Andrew received his BFA in dance from Wayne State University. Training with Meg Paul, Dr. Biba Bell, Dr. Ras Mikey Courtney, and the BIARA Mvmnt Phlsphy taught him the importance of authenticity in dance. Studying under Hannah Anderson, Jessica Rajko, Lisa LaMarre, Mary Sherman, and Brandon Koepsell strengthened his understanding of ballet, contemporary, and musicality. Growing in his art, He hungered to create and perform. Andrew has traveled across Michigan and worked as a guest artist. Having taught dance education alongside Toi Banks in the Farmington district, Andrew utilizes dance as the vehicle to reinforce life skills to hundreds of students. Andrew carries his ongoing desire to perform and choreograph to each community he visits.