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Volume 26, Number 11 — November 2018

Amy Potterton shares the love of choral music with children

Amy Potterton
Amy Potterton

By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | July 31, 2018

When Amy Potterton came to Johnson City, Tennessee, in 2013, she left her award-winning Baldwin City Children’s Choir in Baldwin City, Kansas. She now leads another successful children’s choir, The Choristers of Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. She also is the musical director at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, where she conducts the chancel and women’s choirs and Brass Ensemble.

Children singing with the MECCA Choristers develop skills and passion for singing. Potterton believes that music is vital to the development of young minds, their imagination and freedom to express their spirit and feelings.

“My plan is to teach first through third graders to love music and to inspire musical excellence. Teach them to explore their voices and the beautiful sounds they can create. It is my joy to teach young children, because I can instill in them the joy of music for the rest of their lives,” Potterton says.

She is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in music education, with a vocal emphasis. For six years, she directed award-winning junior high and high school choirs in the California public schools. She also was the assistant director of the Modesto Performing Art’s Children’s Choir in California.

She founded and directed the award-winning Baldwin City Children’s Choir. The BCCC choirs enjoyed critical acclaim by earning a gold medal in their first children’s choir competition in St. Louis in the spring of 2011. This gave the choir the opportunity to participate in a national competition in New York in the spring of 2012. Again, the choir received gold ratings from internationally acclaimed conductors in the choral field.

As a soprano, some of Amy’s favorite roles have included the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Menotti, Suor Genoveva in “Suor Angelica” by Puccini and Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” by Mozart. Her concert roles include the mezzo solos for Handel’s “Messiah” and the soprano solos for Mozart’s “Regina Coeli.”

She is the wife of Matthew Potterton and mom to two girls: 13-year-old Madison and 11-year-old Brianna who ride horses specializing in the hunter/jumper riding style.


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Topics: Music