Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2015)--Eric Poole, a conductor and choral director with nearly two decades of experience, has been appointed as the director of the choir at Howard University. 

Previously, he served as assistant professor of music, the Department Chair of Visual & Performing Arts, and the director of choral activities at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also was conductor of the university choirs. Dr. Poole earned his undergraduate degree in music from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, a Master of Music from Howard University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). 

Dr. Poole’s nearly 20 years of experience as a conductor have provided him opportunities to work with singers of all ages. Previous appointments include music director and conductor of the Shiloh Baptist Church Children’s Choir and the Triad Tapestry Children’s Chorus in Greensboro, high school choirs at T. Wingate Andrews (High Point, North Carolina), and Eastern Guilford in (Gibsonville, North Carolina), music director at St. Stephen United Church of Christ (Greensboro,), Saint Andrews United Methodist Church (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), and conductor of the North Carolina A&T State University Choir and the UNCG Men’s Glee Club. 

Dr. Poole has prepared choruses for the Community Theatre of Greensboro’s inaugural production of Beauty and the Beast, UNCG’s Opera Theatre production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and the UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performance of Franz Liszt’s Faust Symphony. He has also served as a clinician for the Bennett College Choir and high schools around North Carolina.

About Howard University:

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.

Anthony Owens