About the KSUCAC
The singers that helped form the KSUCAC came together in September 2007. This inaugural season began with nearly 100 members, a response that was far greater than initially anticipated. This not-for-profit choir is purely volunteer based, with no audition required. Participants include both KSU alumni and community members spanning Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, Paulding, and Bartow Counties, and represent a wide variety of musical backgrounds, experiences, and talents.
Dr. Blackwell is the director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Kennesaw State University, where she has taught since 1998. Dr. Blackwell's duties include conducting the choral ensembles, KSU Chorale, KSU Women's Ensemble, KSU Men's Ensemble, KSU Chamber Singers, teaching choral conducting, choral literature, and supervising student teachers. Under Dr. Blackwell's baton, her choirs have performed master works including:
- The requiems of Fauré, Duruflé and Mozart
- Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Rome Symphony Orchestra
- Brahm's Requiem, Rutter's Gloria, and Handel's Messiah with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.
The Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers performed at the 2002 and 2006 Georgia Music Educators Association State Convention. Dr. Blackwell also lectured at the annual GMEA In-Service in Savannah, Georgia in January 2007, along with the KSU Men's Ensemble. The lecture was entitled Men: Can't live with them, Can't sing without them!
In 2008, Dr. Blackwell, the founding director of the Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir, began its inaugural season with membership reaching nearly 100 voices. In addition to her commitments at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Blackwell is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicatior in the southeast, and holds memberships in MENC, GMEA, and ACDA.
Sherri N. Barrett received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and her Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee. She studied with Eugene Mancini from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Arthur Rivituso from the Juilliard School of Music. Ms. Barrett has recorded two solo piano CD's entitled From His Hand and At Peace. She has been an active soloist, accompanist and adjudicator in the Atlanta area for over 20 years. She has performed both in the United States and Europe as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, and accompanist for various choral groups. She maintains a large teaching studio out of which several students have won international piano competitions. She is presently serving as pianist for two local Atlanta churches, the Kennesaw State University Chamber Singers and Chorale, and the Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir. Ms. Barrett is a member of the National Music Teachers Association and the International Music Fraternity Delta Omicron.