Dr. Don R. Campbell, Conductor
Don Campbell is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. Prior to his appointment at SWU in 1998, he taught vocal music for 20 years at Redwood High School in Visalia, California—building the program to 300 students in five choirs. Dr. Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from California State University, Fullerton, his Master of Arts degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fresno, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Arizona State University. His mentors include David Thorsen, Howard Swan, John Cooksey, Greg Lyne, David Stocker, and many others.
In demand as a choral clinician, Dr. Campbell has traveled to fourteen states and British Columbia and Ontario, Canada to conduct choirs and festival choruses and present choral clinics. In July of 2012, he traveled to Scotland to work with choirs there. Every year he conducts the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Upper Region and Central Region Honor Choirs. His choirs have performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He is the founder and host of four festivals for local school and church choirs at Southern Wesleyan University: Upstate Intercollegiate Choral Invitational Festival for college choirs, SWUFest for high school choirs, SWUFestToo for middle school choirs, and Musica Ecclesia for church choirs.
In addition to the many eclectic programs he has directed in his thirty-plus years of work, he has conducted choral/orchestral works including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, F.J. Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy, Beethoven’s, Mass in C major, Haydn’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Cherubini’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art, Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom and Frostiana, G.P. Pergolesi’s Magnificat and P.D.Q Bach’s The Seasonings. He has had post-doctoral coaching in orchestral conducting as a Conducting Fellow at the Conductor's Institute of South Carolina with Donald Portnoy, Paul Vermeil, Peter Jaffe, Maurice Peress, Manuel Alvarez, Victoria Bond, Samuel Jones, and John Fitz Rogers.
Active in barbershopping, Dr. Campbell has directed Visalia, California’s Mighty Oak Chorus, Hanford, California’s Kingsmen Chorus, and Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Palmetto Statesmen Chorus. He has been on the international faculty for Harmony University of the Barbershop Harmony Society for fifteen years. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity), Phi Kappa Phi (Honorary Scholastic Society), Pi Kappa Lambda (Honorary Music Scholastic Society), American Choral Directors Association, South Carolina American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
As a church musician, Dr. Campbell has directed music at several churches in California and South Carolina including his current position as Director of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Anderson, S.C. Dr. Campbell has also had lead roles in community theatre productions of Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. He is recipient of the first Ken Dickens Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2003 and Southern Wesleyan University’s Faculty Member of the Year for 2003-4. Additional honors include being recently elected President-Elect in the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association and contributing to Visions of Excellence: a Dialog with the Finest Directors from the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Karen, his wife of 38 years, sings in the GAMAC Chorale.
Dr. Andrew Pettus. Interim Conductor for 2016-2017 Season
Anderson Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Andrew Pettus holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alabama in music education and pure mathematics, a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami in music education with emphasis in conducting, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota in conducting. During his time at the University of Alabama, he served as drum major of the Million Dollar Marching Band for four years while arranging and writing drill for the band as well. He served as the Director of Bands at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, AL for six years during which his bands performed at the Alabama Music Educators' Conference, the Music for All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, IN, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, the CBDNA & NBA Southern Division Conference in Oxford, MS, and a 2-week tour of China by invitation through the US-China Cultural Exchange. Also during his time in Tuscaloosa, he served as the Director of the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra Director of First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. Dr. Pettus currently resides in Anderson, SC where he holds the position of Director of Instrumental Music at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. When not involved in some musical activity, Dr. Pettus is an avid tennis player. He and his wife, Ashli, are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl.
Dr. Robert Heritage, Conductor
GAMAC Children's Choir
Dr. Robert Heritage holds a B.A. in Music Education from Louisiana College, a Masters of Music from Mississippi College and a Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as vocal instructor and choral director at both the high school and college levels and as a minister of music in a number of churches. He sang for three years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and for one year with The Robert Shaw Chamber Singers under Mr. Shaw’s direction. Dr. Heritage is Director of Music at St. John’s United Methodist Church and teaches voice from his private studio. He and his wife, Carla, live in Anderson.
Mr. Alan Nowell
Conductor, The Electric City Big Band
A native of Anderson, Alan Nowell graduated from Westside High School, then received his A.A. degree in Musical Performance from Anderson College in 1976. He continued his education at Newberry College where he studied clarinet with Dr. John Wagnerand graduated Cum Laude in 1978 with a BA in Music Education. He received a Masters in Music Education from Anderson University in 2013.
After graduation from Newberry, he performed with the musical touring group, The Spurrlows, performing throughout the United States, Europe, Scandanavia and South America. Following a four year road stint with The Spurrlows, Alan soon went back out on the road with the contemporary Christian group Truth, again traveling throughout the US and Brazil as part of World Vision. His work with Truth led to work as a studio musician in Lynchberg, Va for Dr. Jerry Falwell and the Liberty Broadcasting Network along with Thomas Road Baptist Church ministries, The Old Time Gospel Hour and Liberty University.
In 1989, he returned to Anderson to accept a position teaching band at McCants Middle School and assisted at T.L. Hanna High School for twenty years. While at McCants, his band won several achievement awards in addition to placement in Region and All-State bands annually. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Anderson University and Southern Wesleyan University teaching woodwinds. In addition to teaching, he performs as a clarinetist for the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra and as a free lance player in various ensembles. He has had the opportunity to perform with Sandi Patti, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Chris Vadala, Jon Faddis, The Sammy Kay Band, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
He and his wife, Bonnie, married in 1986 and have four children. They live in Anderson.