Stars Stand up in the Air - by Eric Barnum
Faure' Requiem, Op.48 Millbrook Madrigals and Wakefield Choir and Orchestra 2/15/2013
Edenton Street Performance 2/28/2017
WHS Chamber Singers
2016 NC Honors Chorus
Wakefield High School Chorus ...where your voice matters
Our Program - The Wakefield Choral Department has established itself as well respected vocal music program, under the direction of Mr. John-Philip Mullinax. With the philosophy that “Smart Singers make Great Music”, the choral program at Wakefield High School is comprehensive in its approach. Students learn a varied approach to rehearsal techniques, sight singing, ear training, fundamentals of vocal pedagogy, music theory, music history, IPA, and use of technical language. The Wakefield Choral Department, in conjunction with its Booster Organization, performs two independent concerts each year, participates in collaborative performances with Wakefield’s Band and Orchestra program. In addition, its pop ensemble, Harmonik Rhythm, and presents two fundraisers; a Holiday Cabaret and a Spring Soiree. Upper level students perform on an Honor’s Voice Recital each spring and every student in the choral program is required to present a voice jury at the end of each semester. In addition to our own performances, the chorus regularly performs for school and community events.
In February 2011, the Wolverine Concert Choir participated in the UNC-Charlotte Choral Invitational with guest clinician, Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. In the fall of 2011, the Wolverine Concert Choir performed at the North Carolina’s American Choral Directors Association Fall Conference in Greensboro, NC. The choir took its first performing tour to Festival Disney (2012) performing en route at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and at Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg FL. At Festival, the choir earned a bronze in their first competitive appearance, only seven tenths of a point from Gold with 24 competing choirs in the category. Choral students also regularly participate in NC Honors Chorus, NC All State Choruses, ACDA’s Male Vocal Arts Symposium, NCMEA Large Ensemble Music Adjudication and Solo/ Small Ensemble Adjudication. In November of 2012, the Wakefield HS Wolverine Concert Choir was selected to perform for the North Carolina Music Educators Fall In-Service Convention in Winston-Salem, NC. In the Spring of 2014, the Wakefield Concert Choir was pleased to accept an invitation to perform Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" with the East Carolina University Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Crane. Over the past few years, Wakefield High School Choral department has become a "destination favorite" for college and university recruitment choir tours. In the fall of 2014 the Wolverine Concert Choir performed at the East Carolina University Choral Invitational.
In March of 2016, the Concert Choir was pleased to perform at Carnegie Hall with Choirs of America. The students participated in a mass choir performance under the baton of Dr. Anton Armstrong. They also participated in a workshop presented by Dr. Karen Kennedy along with a sister chorus from Wake County. While in NYC, the students saw "The Lion King" on Broadway, and "The Elixer of Love" at the Metropolitan opera. Other highlights were dinner at "Ellen's Diner" with their singing wait staff and visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
This past spring, 2017, the choir made a return visit to Festival Disney to compete picking up another Bronze Mickey and earning a Superior Rating.
Our Director - A graduate of Union Pines High School (’82) in Moore County, John-Philip Mullinax received his formal training at Mars Hill College (B.M.E-‘86), studying voice with Dr. William Thomas and Dr. Susan Hensley. He earned his Master of Music in Conducting Performance (‘98) from the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX, studying with Dr. Hal Gibbons and Dr. Mel Ivy. In addition, he studied Vocal Performance at Converse College with Ms. Jane Rolandi, and Conducting Performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, with Dr. Robert Burton and Dr. David Keith. He has performed professionally with Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, and Oklahoma Lyric Theatre. His solo appearances include Faure Requeim, Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat, Schubert Mass in G, and Haydn Creation.
Mr. Mullinax has held choral and keyboard teaching positions at the Performing Arts High School in Fort Worth, Texas; Pinellas County Center for the Performing Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida; and the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at Einstein High School, in Kensington, Maryland. Mr. Mullinax was the 2003 Clinician for the Pinellas All-County Middle School Chorus. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Wakefield High School in Raleigh NC and this spring he is adjunct faculty at NC State University as Conductor of the NCSU Singing Statesmen. From 2005-2007 he served on Wakefield High School School Improvement Committee, 2010-2014 as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Wakefield High School and from 2010 to 2012, he served as the Co-Staff Development Coordinator for the High School Choral Staff in Wake County, NC. Mr. Mullinax has been a presenter at NCMEA Convention and regularly serves as mentor to student teachers and to new teachers in our county and state.
Mr. Mullinax has also held many church choral director positions and currently serves as pianist / organist / director at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh at North Hills. In addition, Mr. Mullinax is currently serving on the board of NC Music Educators Association as the District 11. This past spring (2017), Mr. Mullinax was asked by the choral director at NC State University to fill in during his sabbatical, teaching and conducting the NC Singing Statesmen.
Mr. Mullinax's choirs have been performed at the NC ACDA conference in Greensboro, NC and at the NCMEA Music Teachers Convention in Winston-Salem, NC. He has also professionally conducted several community choruses since 1997 and his choirs have performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Fort Worth, Dallas, Tampa, Saint Petersburg Fl., San Jose, Miami, Montreal, Denver and New York. His conducting has been described as "gifted artistry" by the press.