Dr. Carol Earnhardt - Artistic Director
Dr. Carol Earnhardt has been the artistic director of Heart of the Triad Choral Society since its inception in 2016. A national board certified teacher, Carol completed the PhD in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in December, 2019. 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. Dr. Earnhardt has served as the assistant director of choral activities at High Point University since January 2019, and was the music director at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church from 2008 to 2018.
Carol 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 North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) High School Choral Section Teacher of the Year, and in 2019, Dr. Earnhardt was awarded the prestigious Lara Hoggard award for conducting excellence from the North Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (NC ACDA). She has served as guest conductor for all county clinics in Brunswick, Cabarrus, Guilford, Orange, 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, Dr. Earnhardt is also recognized as a leader in advancing the choral arts and in promoting music education. Currently, she is the immediate past 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.
Dr. Earnhardt’s proudest accomplishments are her marriage to Mike Earnhardt since 1989. The couple has four children and one grandchild. Her daughter Ashley and son-in-law Roman Brady are both high school chorus teachers. Her son John Michael is a U.S. Army Veteran and her son Chase is an Air Force ROTC cadet and student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.