Carol Earnhardt - Artistic Director
Carol Earnhardt has been the artistic director of Heart of the Triad Choral Society since its birth in 2016. A national board certified teacher since 2005, she received a Master of Music (2004) and Bachelor of Music (1992) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and is currently a doctoral candidate at UNCG. Since 1999, she has been the choral director at Glenn High School where her choirs have performed by invitation at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the Biltmore House, the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, the North Carolina State Christmas tree lighting, the North Carolina Music Educators (NCMEA) Conference, and the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association (NC ACDA) Conference. Under her direction, the choirs at Glenn have received consistent superior ratings and first place titles at state and national competitions and frequently collaborate with university and professional choirs
throughout North Carolina. Mrs. Earnhardt served as music director at Bunker Hill United Methodist in Kernersville from 2008 to 2018 and from January, 2019 to May, 2020, was the assistant director of choral activities at High Point University.
Mrs. Earnhardt was Teacher of the Year for Glenn High School (2006), and in 2008, was named the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Teacher of the Year. In 2015, she was awarded the NCMEA Choral Section Teacher of the Year, and in 2019, Mrs. Earnhardt was awarded the prestigious Lara Hoggard award for conducting excellence from NC ACDA. Carol Earnhardt has served as guest conductor for all county clinics in Brunswick, Cabarrus, Guilford, Surry, Randolph, Rockingham, and Yadkin County and most recently served as the clinician for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship All State Youth Choir Clinic.
While she is a respected conductor and clinician throughout the state, Mrs. Earnhardt is also recognized as a leader in advancing the choral arts and in promoting music education. Currently, she is the president of NCMEA, but she has served NCACDA and the NCMEA in various offices for the past 20 years. These offices include service as the NCACDA High School Repertoire and Resources Chair, the NCACDA Community Choir Repertoire and Resources Chair, the NCMEA High School Choral Section Chair, and the NCMEA High School Honors Chorus Coordinator. In 2012, she served as the International Conductor Exchange Program Coordinator for the Southern Division ACDA conference and was honored to host Maria Felicia Perez, a well-known conductor from Cuba.
Mrs. Earnhardt’s proudest accomplishments are her marriage to Mike Earnhardt since 1989 and her four wonderful children: Ashley and her husband Roman Brady - both high school chorus teachers, John Michael - a U.S. Army Veteran, and Chase - an Air Force ROTC cadet and student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.