Lake Junaluska Singers suspend season, director resigns
Visitors to the Lake Junaluska Singers web page over the past day or so were shocked to see that the 2016 Lake Junaluska Singers season has been suspended, their performances have been cancelled, and that Director of the Lake Junaluska Singers Dr. Melodie Galloway has resigned.
The statement – probably published around the same time as an 8:42 p.m. Facebook post by the Lake Junaluska Singers yesterday evening – comes just a few days before two scheduled performances at Lake Junaluska in honor of Independence Day.
The Lake Junaluska Singers are a 16-member vocal ensemble that serves as the “Ambassador choir” for the Southeastern United Methodist Jurisdiction and have recorded several albums and videos.
Jack Ewing, executive director of Lake Junaluska, thanked Galloway for her service and went on to state that he fully expected to “continue the legacy of the Lake Junaluska Singers in the future under new leadership.”
Galloway – whose bio had been removed from the Lake Junaluska website by the evening of June 30 – has a Master’s Degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, according to a snapshot of that webpage from an internet archiving site.
Also a performer, Galloway has toured extensively throughout the world, and serves as an Assistant Professor in Music at the University of North Carolina – Asheville, Musical Director/Conductor for the Asheville Choral Society, leader of the UNCA Chamber Singers, and has been director of the Lake Junaluska Singers since 2010.
Ewing also said in the statement that new performers would be announced for the July 3 and 4 shows shortly, and that those performances would be free. About an hour ago, it was announced that award-winning gospel artist Nicole C. Mullen will replace the Lake Junaluska singers at those free shows.
Refunds for those who bought tickets to the performances can be obtained at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.
Look for more details on this developing story as they become available.