Our Artistic Director
Jane DeLoach Morison, Artistic Director of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy and Conductor of the East Tennessee Children’s Choir, Highlands Youth Ensemble, Da Capo Choir and Bella Voce received the Bachelor of Music Education (summa cum laude) from East Tennessee State University, and received the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also studied at L’académie de musique deSion in Switzerland.
At ETSU Mrs. Morison studied choral conducting with Thomas Jenrette, piano with Donald Conflenti, and voice with Robert LaPella. The recipient of a four-year Floyd Cramer performance scholarship she was twice named Most Outstanding Music Student. A member of the Delta Omicron music fraternity she was also named to the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.
At UNC-Greensboro she studied piano with Joseph DiPiazza, and sang in ensembles under the direction of Richard Cox and Hillary Apfelstadt. It was at UNC-G that she was inducted into the musical honor society of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mrs. Morison has also studied piano with Barbara Lister-Sink and Clifton Matthews.
For nine years Mrs. Morison was on the faculty of the Southern Park Music School in Charlotte, North Carolina. While living in Charlotte she served as President of the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, taught at Central Piedmont Community College, was a guest lecturer at Winthrop University, and twice served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro summer music camp. While a member of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association she was awarded the Certificate of Professional Advancement. Mrs. Morison also holds permanent national certification with the Music Teachers National Association.
A member of the American Choral Directors Association, Mrs. Morison also holds membership in the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Mrs. Morison serves on the faculty of King University, and the summer faculties of the Piano Camp at ETSU, the Virginia Suzuki Institute at Emory and Henry, the Choral Arts Camp at King University, and the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive at Barter Theatre. A frequent adjudicator, accompanist, recitalist, and clinician, she also maintains a private piano and voice studio.
In recognition of her work in music education and the performing arts, Mrs. Morison was chosen in 2010 and 2012 to be honored by Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.
Christopher Yoder studied piano performance, piano pedagogy and composition at Malone College (Canton, Ohio) in addition to computer science. When not accompanying for MECCA, he plays for Glasgow Theatre Company, fills in at area churches and schools and teaches piano. Christopher was the music director for Glasgow's premiere show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His original composition, the choral lullaby Balow was performed by the Voices of the Mountains in March 2010. He is happily married to fellow musician and veterinary assistant Stephanie.
MECCA Board Chair
Members at Large
Helen King - Honorary Lifetime Member
Beth McCoy - Artistic Director Emerita
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Our Choristers Director
Amy Potterton is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, where she graduated with a BA in Music Education, with a vocal emphasis. For six years, Amy directed award winning Junior High and High School choirs in the California public schools. She was also the assistant director of the Modesto Performing Art’s Children’s Choir in California.
Amy founded and directed the award winning Baldwin City Children’s Choir in Baldwin City, Kansas. 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 honor 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.
Amy is currently the conductor of Choristers, an ensemble of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy. Choristers is a place for children to come and to develop a love and passion for singing. Amy believes that music is vital to the development of young minds, their imagination, and freedom to express their spirit and feelings.
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.