Meet Our Music Director Candidate: Saturday, March 19, 2022
The Music Director Search Team is excited to offer you an opportunity to come sing with the finalist candidate for ERUUF’s Music Director position!
The finalist we are presenting as the candidate for Music Director will be visiting our campus on the afternoon of Saturday, March 19. The candidate will conduct each of our two main adult choirs (the BCC and the ERS) in short rehearsals, and engage in an informal conversation with our instrumentalists.
We are inviting all those who are interested in ERUUF’s Music Ministry to participate by singing with the choirs or joining in the instrumentalists’ conversation.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
2:30 - 3:15 Eno River Singers Rehearsal, anyone present is welcome to sing
3:30 - 4:00 Conversation with instrumentalists
4:15 - 5:00 Beloved Community Chorus Rehearsal, anyone present is welcome to sing
This will be a chance for the ministers and the Search Team to see the candidate in action and for that person to develop a feel for our choral groups and the interests of our instrumentalists. It is not an evaluation, and we are not asking for feedback or an assessment of the candidate. Rather, it is a chance for us to be welcoming and to sing together in fellowship. Please note that this event will not be live streamed.
All participants must wear masks at all times and be seated at a distance from each other. If you attend one of the rehearsals, please plan to arrive 5 to 15 minutes before the start time. If you arrive early, please wait in the gallery until invited into the Sanctuary. At the end of the rehearsal time, we will ask singers to move out into the gallery or the courtyard if you want to socialize.
Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
Our candidate voiced the opinion that the world would likely be a better place if we sang together more often. So come, join in the singing!!
About Dr. Wendy Looker
Wendy Looker (she/her) is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she has chaired the Music Department and more recently, the Division of Fine Arts. In addition to directing the College Choir and LUMINA treble ensemble, Dr. Looker teaches early music history and culture, vocal performance, and aural skills. Guilford College Choirs have toured Ireland, Prague, Austria, and up and down the East coast. As a choral artist and teacher, Looker is deeply committed to inclusive programming and champions works by underrepresented and historically marginalized composers. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of choral music to serve as a vehicle for social change and justice.
Dr. Looker serves as Immediate Past-President and Co-Membership Chair of the North Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. She was appointed chair of the first iteration of the NC ACDA Diversity Initiatives Committee, and as President, she led the board in examining issues of Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in all areas of choral practice and leadership.
Wendy maintains memberships in ACDA, NAfME, and The National College Choral Organization, of which Guilford College is a Founding Institutional Member. She has appeared as guest clinician for the NC Women’s All-State Chorus in addition to various All-County Choruses. In 2010, Dr. Looker was appointed Artistic Director of the Piedmont Chamber Singers of Winston-Salem, a position she held until 2015. A lyric soprano, Wendy has performed with the Bel Canto Company and has sung with and directed the Greensboro-based early music vocal ensemble, The Kensington Consort. She also enjoys engaging with Greensboro Symphony Orchestra audiences as a guest speaker for the Prelude series of pre-concert lectures.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Looker holds the Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Jan Harrington, Carmen Helena Téllez, Paul Hillier and John Poole. She holds the Master of Music degree in Conducting (choral emphasis) from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Jerry Blackstone; and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.
Wendy’s loves include coffee, coffee houses, bookstores, conversations over coffee at bookstores, podcasts, walking, reading, laughing and road trips with her family. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Jeremy, their daughters Madeleine (14) and Mina (10), two cats and a dog.