Featured Artists

Pepper Choplin, Director, Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a joint concert with Joseph Martin. Since then, he has conducted his original cantatas at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with 250+ voices and orchestra. Choplin has conducted several cantatas at Raleigh’s Meymandi Auditorium with area church choirs. For a more detailed biography, please visit this page on our website.

Carolne LeGrand, soprano, is currently a first year student at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in pursuit of a Master of Divinity. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Furman University, where she studied voice with Lisa Barksdale. While at Furman she was a member of the Furman Singers, Chamber Choir, and Chancel Choir. She was a soloist in the Furman Music Department’s performance of Honegger’s King David and held leading roles in the Furman Lyric Opera’s productions of Dido and Aeneas and The Magic Flute. In the North Carolina Triangle area, she has sung with the Duke Evensong Choir and the Choral Society of Durham. Caroline is honored to be able to sing with The Cary Community Choir.

Ashton Worley, alto, is pursuing a B.M. in Vocal Performance at East Carolina University. He has recently performed the role of Konchakovna in Borodin's Prince Igor at the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, and as a Messiah soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. He also regularly appears in ECU Opera Theater, and will be premiering a work as part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative this spring.

William Booker, tenor, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University in church music. He is honored to sing the tenor solos for the third time with as many performing groups. This is his eighth time performing the Messiah and considers each time a true pleasure. William has performed recitals, musical theater, oratorios and concerts across the Eastern United States as well as abroad in the United Kingdom and Germany. He is a dedicated member of the Cary Concert Singers and their chamber group. William is a Tenor soloist/section leader at Christ Church Episcopal in Raleigh.

Dr. Jordan Wilson, baritone, is pleased to have recently moved back to his home state of North Carolina, having joined the Music department at Wingate University. Originally from the Raleigh area, he received both a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and an Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. As an avid recitalist, while he attended Eastman he was the 2010 winner of the Jessie Kneisel German Lieder competition. Dr. Wilson also received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, he also studied linguistics, and has research interests in the intersection of linguistics and singing in several languages. Dr. Wilson previously served on the faculty of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. He can be heard on recordings with Eastman Opera Theatre, Wolftrap Opera, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Jeff Hammack, organist, works in risk management for the Royal Bank of Canada and has served churches as organist and choir director for many years. Working in churches in Richmond, Raleigh, and Atlanta, Jeff has worked in most all of the denominations including Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, and Christian Science. Jeff studied organ during high school years and at Radford University in Virginia where he majored in English and Business. Having recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, this is Jeff's third tour of the Triangle area.