Dr. Frances T. (Terri) Sinclair, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Coastal Carolina University (CCU), holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting, with a minor in Music History, from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, with a minor in Voice, from Florida State University, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional experience includes positions as Director of Choral Activities at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Asheville, a tenure track position on the music faculty at Clemson University, adjunct positions at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University, and three years on the music faculty at Sandhills Community College. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Sinclair was Choral Director at Pinecrest (NC) High School from 1989-1993.
Under Dr. Sinclair's leadership, the CCU choral program has grown and developed into an active and highly successful area of the Dept. of Music. Concert Choir, CCU's large, unauditioned ensemble, shares a concert with an area high school and performs a major choral-instrumental work in the spring, often with professional soloists, in conjunction with other community or university choral organizations and with Long Bay Symphony. Chamber Choir, CCU's elite, auditioned ensemble performs an average of 10-12 times per semester for campus, community, and professional events. They have performed twice for the SC Music Educators Conference, once for the SC American Choral Directors Association, and at the Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, SC. The combined choirs performed for the Evensong service at the Washington National Cathedral in 2012.
Dr. Sinclair has been selected as a conductor for the MidAmerica Productions Carnegie Hall Concert Series. She has been the invited clinician for the SC High School Women’s Honor Choir. She has led workshops and reading sessions at professional conferences including the SCMEA convention and the ACDA Southern Division Convention. She is a published composer and has many published articles in scholarly journals including The Chorister, the Choral Journal, and The North Carolina Music Educator. She is in high demand as a guest conductor/clinician and choral adjudicator in the southeast. In her first year at CCU (2005-6), she was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award. Dr. Sinclair is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, 26th ed. (2007-2008).