Featured Artists

David Mellnik, Director, received the Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, attended the Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship where he studied with Margaret Hoswell, and earned the Master of Church Music with a Minor in Vocal Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He remains the only master’s level student to have been awarded both the Honors Award Certificate in Vocal Studies and the Performer’s Certificate in Voice from Southern Seminary. Rev. Mellnik is a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, a regional winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing audition, and a three-time winner of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs audition. David has appeared with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Vermont, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Florida. He is an active member of the NC Master Chorale Chamber Choir. He has served churches in Virginia and North Carolina as Minister of Music for over 27 years. This is his 17th season serving the Cary Community Choir as its Director.

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.