Charles Nelson, Music Director, is a native of Cartersville and a lifelong resident of the area. He has served Cartersville and Bartow County in the musical arts for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. While at JSU, he was a conducting student of Mr. Bayne Dobbins, director of the JSU A Cappella Choir. He has served as music director of several community churches. He is a long time member of the Atlanta-based Lynn Swanson Festival Singers. He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education and a former member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and the American Choral Directors’ Association.Mr. Nelson was a high school choral director in the Cartersville/Bartow County area for 26 ½ years until retirement. During his distinguished career, Mr. Nelson has served across the state as an adjudicator for the GMEA choral Large Group Performance Evaluation, clinician for numerous county and district honor choruses, and as an adjudicator at the state level vocal auditions for Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. As a member of GMEA he served as District 7 Choral Chair, organizer and host of District 7 LGPE and District 7 Honor Chorus. He also served as the Organizing Chairperson for the Georgia All State Men’s Chorus and All State Women’s Chorus. Mr. Nelson’s choral ensembles consistently received superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation. In Literary competition he had numerous region and state winners in the areas of Boys’ Solo, Girls’ Solo, Girls’ Trio, and Boys’ Quartet. Two of his quartets were further honored by being asked to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves Game. During Mr. Nelson’s tenure, over 900 of his students were selected for the Georgia All State Chorus. In addition to multiple school performances each year, Mr. Nelson’s ensembles also performed for the Southern Division Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association state conference, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, a European tour with performances in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, National Conference for School Improvement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Georgia Conference, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, the Governor’s Reception for statewide Salutatorians and Valedictorians, featured Choir at the Northwest Georgia Choral Festival, the Bahamian Minister of Culture, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney World, as featured performers in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at Dollywood and the Black Bear Jamboree, Country Tonight, and Louise Mandrell theatres, in addition to many performances throughout the community. In addition to choral activities, Mr. Nelson was the musical director for many school and community productions including; Amahl and the Night Visitors, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Bye, Bye Birdie, Children of Eden, Cinderella, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Guys & Dolls, How to Eat Like a Child, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, School House Rock Live!, Seussical the Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, South Pacific, The Granny Awards, The Me Nobody Knows, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story.