Anne Dorsey holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied voice and conducting. While a student at Chapel Hill, she sang soprano in the renowned Carolina Choir and Women’s Glee Club, both directed by the late Dr. Lara Hoggard.
Her choral teaching experience includes high school, middle school and elementary school levels. Her last teaching position was at North Moore High School in Moore County. She retired recently after 32 years in education. Her choral groups consistently garnered superior ratings in competition and have toured the United States and Canada. In 2004, she was named Outstanding Arts Educator in the Moore County Schools. She has served as guest clinician and conductor for All-County choral events and served as Women’s Choir director at East Carolina University Summer Choral Camps.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Dorsey served as choir director for the Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines, a position she held for 39 years. This is her eighteenth season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choral Society. In earlier years, she also sang and served the chorus as member and soprano soloist.
Ms. Dorsey is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and Chorus America. She has been featured in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”
Artistic Director and Conductor
A native of Goldsboro, NC, Stephen Gourley holds degrees from the University of North Texas (MM) and the North Carolina School of the Arts (BM). Principal teachers include Jesse Eschbach, Jack Mitchener, Erica Johnson, and Christoph Hammer. At North Texas, Stephen served as accompanist for the Concert and Chamber Choirs, respectively.
Since March of 2014, Stephen has served as Director of Music at The Village Chapel, an interdenominational community of faith in Pinehurst, NC. He serves as organist for all worship services (totaling 180 services yearly), conducts and accompanies the Chapel Choir, conducts the Handchime Choir, and oversees the children’s music program.
In 2014, Stephen founded The Village Chapel Music Series, now in its sixth season. He has served churches in the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Lutheran traditions in North Carolina and Texas. In July 2020, Stephen served as Course Organist for the 25th anniversary Royal School of Church Music Carolina Course, held at Duke University.
Stephen is in great demand locally as an accompanist, collaborator, and solo artist. His choral compositions are published by Renforth Music.
From Left to right—front row: Sherol Grigerick , Secretary; Lois Riggins, Treasurer, Shirley Aquino, President, Jeannette Wilson, Trustee, Jill Reed, Trustee; back row: Linda Kreitz, Vice President; Charlynn Walker, Trustee; Frances May, Trustee. Not pictured: Taylor Hickey, Trustee