Our Director, Dan Wynkoop, is an interesting guy.
A native of Pennsylvania, Daniel Wynkoop has directed choirs in Pennsylvania and North Carolina for over 17 years. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Penn State University, where he studied conducting with Drs. Lyn Drafall and Douglas Miller. He received a Masters degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University where he studied with Drs. Kevin Fenton, Judy Bowers, and Andre Thomas.
Mr. Wynkoop leads worship and directs music at First Baptist Church in Gastonia, directing adult, youth, children's, and handbell choirs. Mr. Wynkoop also directs the Celebration of Freedom concert, an annual celebration of American Hymns and Spirituals.
Under his directorship, the Choral Society has performed Schubert's Mass in G, Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Rutter's Gloria, and Faure's Requiem. The membership has embraced his progressive direction and artistic vision, and the successes of the ensemble readily show this. Under Mr. Wynkoop's direction, the Choral Society was chosen to present at the Fall 2011 North Carolina American Choral Directors Association Convention at the University of North Carolina at Greenbsoro.
Mr. Wynkoop also maintains a private voice studio in Gastonia, directs a community women's chorus, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, his two daughters, Grace and Rebekah, and his dog, Dixie.