Fran McCachern Page, Founder and Conductor
Dr. Page is Professor Emeritus from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. During her thirty-three years there, she served in many capacities, including Chair of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts, Coordinator of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities. She taught methods courses for music education majors and also K-6 teacher licensure students, advised music education majors and directed and supervised student teaching. Dr. Page is a Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and Past Chair of the Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC). She is past President of Southern Division MENC: The National Association for Music Education and in that capacity served on the National Executive Board of MENC (now NAfME). In July of 2004, she was named “Tar Heel of the Week” by the Raleigh News and Observer and in the spring of 2007, she was designated by the Capital City Girls Choir as an MENC Lowell Mason Fellow.
She is the founder and conductor of the Capital City Girls Choir, a three-choir organization for community girls from ages nine to eighteen. The choir has a busy performance schedule both in the US and abroad. Performance venues have included the Spoleto Festival, Washington National Cathedral, and venues in England, Austria and British Columbia. As a launch into the 30th Anniversary season, in June 2017, the advanced choir, Cantabile Singers, performed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Wales with grammy award winning Christopher Tin in his Calling All Dawns song cycle.
Dr. Page has the B.A. in music education from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina and the M.M. and Ed. D. in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds Orff Levels I, II, and III certification. Recognized for her expertise as a children’s choral specialist, she frequently conducts workshops and festivals. She also has done considerable work in the area of curriculum integration and arts curriculum planning and assessment and consults with schools in that capacity. Dr. Page has served on many teacher education program approval teams for the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Amy Brock Davis, Associate Conductor
Amy Brock Davis is the Associate Conductor for the Girls Chorale for the Capital City Girls Choir at Meredith College and the co-director of Choral Activities at Durham School of the Arts. A 1992 Meredith College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she received her Master of Music in Choral Directing from Appalachian State University in 1995. Mrs. Davis is a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in early adolescence through young adulthood choral music and has been teaching since 1994. Her choirs have sung in Atlanta, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Munich, Vienna, and will sing in Venice, Florence and Rome Summer of 2016.
Mrs. Davis served as the co-director of the Durham Public Schools’ Spotlight Singers for five years. For 20 years, she attended the North Carolina Summer Institute of Choral Art, serving many capacities, including music rotation counselor and middle school coordinator. For her service she was honored with a commemorative brick on the NAFME “Walk of Fame”. She is the choral director and organist at Glendale Heights United Methodist Church. Mrs. Davis lives in Durham with her husband, Ken and daughter, Emily.
Brenda Fernandez, Cantabile Accompanist
Brenda Fernandez began accompanying for the Cantabile Singers in 2001. Originally from Ohio, she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music. Brenda has worked at many locations in Florida and throughout the Caribbean as a pianist, music director, organist, and teacher. She teaches private piano lessons and is the organist and accompanist at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Brenda has two sons, Colin and Brandon, who are both percussionists.
Pam Stewart, Girls’ Chorus and Girls’ Chorale Accompanist
Pam Stewart has been the Girls’ Chorus and Girls’ Chorale accompanist for rehearsals and performances since 1997. She is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania with a BA in biology and a minor in piano performance. Pam has lived in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh since 1992 and does freelance accompanying in the Triangle area. She has performed with the Durham Savoyards and sings with Carolina Harmony Chorus. After retiring from her day job at Habitat for Humanity of Wake County in 2015, she has more time to pursue other hobbies such as gardening, biking, learning to play the mandolin, sewing, knitting, and spending time with her two grand daughters.