Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Prof. of Vocal/Choral Music Education
Bio: A native of Newton, North Carolina, Dr. Gena Poovey is Professor of Choral/Vocal Music Education, and currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Department of Music at Limestone College. She holds the DMA in Conducting from University of South Carolina with a minor in voice performance, a Master of Music with a concentration in music education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a B.A. in Music Education from Pfeiffer University. Prior to her position at Limestone, Dr. Poovey spent 5 years performing as a soprano in the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program, completing residencies in Montgomery County, Stanly County, and Surry County Community Colleges.
Since arriving at Limestone, Dr. Poovey has conducted the Limestone College and Community Chorus, the LC Children’s Chorus, the Limestone College Vocal Ensemble and the Limestone College Show Choir. The Limestone College Community Chorus participated in a Carnegie Hall performance in New York in 2000, the Inter-Mountain Choral Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah in April of 2004, the York International Choral Festival in May of 2006, and the Salzburg International Choral Festival in May of 2010. Works that she has conducted include Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in b-flat Major, K. 275, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Buxtehude’s Wake for Night is Flying, DuBois’ Seven Last Words, and Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.
Dr. Poovey has continued to perform as a soprano in North and South Carolina, including numerous roles with the Spartanburg Repertoire Company. She sings sacred music in area churches, and has sung the soprano solos in Handel’s “Messiah,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Faure’s “Requiem,” and Rutter’s “Gloria.”
At Limestone College she chairs the Department of Music and the Division of Arts and Letters. In the Upstate of South Carolina she promotes the arts and opera as past president of the board of directors for The Spartanburg Repertory Company.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program