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
Wakefield High School Chorus - "smart singers make great music"
Our Program - The Wakefield Choral Department has established itself as well respected vocal music program in the state of North Carolina.
Students learn a varied approach to rehearsal techniques, sight singing, ear training, fundamentals of vocal pedagogy as well as some music theory, music history, IPA, and use of technical language.
The Wakefield Choral Department performs two independent concerts each year and participates in a variety of collaborative performances. In addition, its pop ensemble, Harmonik Rhythm, presents two dessert theater fundraisers each year; 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 March of 2016, the Concert Choir performed in NYC at Carnegie Hall with Choirs of America. The students participated in a mass choir performance under the baton of Dr. Anton Armstrong. 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.
In April 2017, the choir made a visit to Festival Disney to compete picking up another Bronze Mickey and earning a Superior Rating. Last December (2017), Wakefield Choir was invited to perform at the annual Christmas Celebration at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC.
This year (2018-19) has been one filled with opportunities for collaboration. Wakefield HS Chorus participated in its first Northern Wake County Choral Festival at Wake Forest HS in October. Our annual Winter Concert in December was held at St. Mark UMC in Raleigh along with the Heritage HS Choirs. In February, we participated in the Edenton Street Choral Festival with 7 other choirs from Wake County. In March, Wakefield Voices returned to NCMEA NC Solo and Small Ensemble Choral Festival at Franklin HS to earn another Superior rating along with 6 Superior soloists. In May 2019, we will round out our year joining forces once again with Heritage HS Choirs to present a community outreach concert; "Our World, Our Time, Our Song". This will be quite a different venue for us and one with some challenges, but we are looking forward to bringing choral music for the first time ever into the "Wakefield Barn". https://historicwakefieldbarn.com/
Over the past few years, Wakefield High School Choral department has become a "destination favorite" for many college and university recruitment choir tours. We have been on tour schedules for Appalachian State University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wingate University and East Carolina University. Many of Wakefield Choral students have chosen to pursue careers beyond high school and have been accepted into programs and earned scholarships at North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, Wingate University, Mars Hill University and East Carolina University. The choral program also hosts guest artists and clinicians routinely throughout the school year. Three Wakefield chorus students were accepted into the NC Governor's School for Vocal Music in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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, a National Board Certified teacher, has held choral and keyboard instructional 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. In the spring of 2016 he was adjunct faculty at NC State University as Conductor of the NCSU Singing Statesmen. From 2010-2014 he served 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 various church positions as choral director or accompanist in Texas, SC and NC. In addition, Mr. Mullinax has served on the board of NC Music Educators Association as the District 11 president. In the spring semester of 2017, Mr. Mullinax was invited by the choral director at NC State University (Dr. Nathan Leaf) to serve in an adjunct capacity 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.