Meet Our Leaders

  CAMERON BOLIN is an accomplished music educator, pianist, vocalist, and conductor. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cameron has fifteen years of choral teaching experience from K-12, earning numerous superior ratings and awards for her choral programs at regional competitions. She most recently served as the Upper School Choral Director, Musical Director, and Private Lessons Administrator at Ravenscroft, where she was honored with the Qubain Award for Teaching excellence. As a music educator, Cameron is passionate about teaching music literacy and infusing theory in her choral rehearsals.

Outside of the classroom, Cameron has had the opportunity to conduct, perform, direct, and advocate for music education in a wide range of settings presenting strategies for fundraising and advocacy for choral programs at educational conferences. A member of MTNA, NCMEA, ACDA, and RPTA, Cameron consults with local school choral programs, continues to teach piano, and adjudicates both piano and choral festivals.

Currently, Cameron is pursuing a Doctorate of Music Education from Boston University, is the Performing Arts Director for the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and serves on adjunct faculty at Meredith College as Artistic Director of Capital City Girls Choir. Cameron and her husband reside in Raleigh with their two boys Taylor and Drew.

  DR. JOSÉ RIVERA, Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, serves as the Coordinator of Music Education and conducts the University Chorale. Dr. Rivera has conducted numerous Honor and All-State Choirs across the US and abroad including Cantaré, Latin-American Honor Choir at the ACDA Southern Region Conference, All-State choirs in North Carolina, Florida, California, and Alabama. He has also conducted and presented choral workshops at the Universidad National Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Universidad de Las Americas (UDLAP) in Puebla, Mexico, Instituto Superior de las Artes in Havana, Cuba, Universidad de Mendoza in Argentina, and the DoDEA High School Chorus Festival in Oberwesel, Germany. 

His research areas include teacher preparation and Global Music with a focus on the choral music traditions of Latin America and has presented choral clinics and lectures at state, regional, and national American Choral Director Association, and the National Association for Music Educators conferences. He has published research articles of Latin American choral music in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Choral Journal. Dr. Rivera has previously served as the ACDA Repertoire Resource for World Musics and Cultures Southern Division and National Chair.  Last year he and his partners founded La Vox Music Publishing, a choral music publisher specializing in Latin American choral music.  Dr. Rivera received his Ph.D, MM.E, and undergraduate degrees from Florida State University. He currently serves as the NC-ACDA President and thoroughly enjoys preparing future music educators in North Carolina.

  DR. MICHAEL D. MARTIN hails from the great state of Maine and is returning to the Cumberland Choral Arts (CCA) having served as artistic director from 2008-2017.  He earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Maine. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in choral education through Kent State University, Kent, OH. He has taught in grades 4-12, in the capacity of the choral, band, and orchestral education positions throughout ME, NH, and MA. He has received recognition as a teacher and conductor, having been the recipient of several teaching awards, serving as a guest conductor, vocal clinician, and a judge for several New England, Midwestern, and East Coast festivals. His past student performing ensembles (SATB, SSAA, TTBB) have received both regional and national awards for their performances.

Dr. Martin has also enjoyed a rich involvement in conducting community choral groups in NH and ME. In 2001, he created a semi-professional chorus, The New Vocal Collective, in central New Hampshire recording one compact disc. He also conducted the Portland Downeasters, a Portland, ME-based barbershop chorus, which became one of the top four choruses in the Northeastern District in 2002-2004. He received national attention with his championship barbershop quartet The Management (1986-2003) by touring New England schools in support of music programs. For this work promoting youth involvement in music, the quartet shared the National Education Service Award sponsored by MENC and SPEBSQSA (now Barbershop Harmony Society). He also received distinction as the recipient of Distinguished Choral Director of the Year from the Maine Chapter of ACDA. He is the immediate past Artistic Director of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers (now CCA) who were Finalists for the American Prize in Community Chorus Performance and inducted into the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame. Dr. Martin is also the first recipient of the Union-Zukowski Endowed Professor in the Fine Arts while at Methodist University.

Interestingly, Dr. Martin served as the Artistic Director of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers from 2008 to 2017. He returned in 2020 to the newly formed Cumberland Choral Arts after a two-year hiatus. Until recently, he was the Director of Choral Activities and Orchestra, Coordinator of Music Education, and Coordinator of Fine Arts Management at Methodist University. His college groups toured the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and from Orlando to Boston. Additionally, they recorded 2 CDs: A Yuletide Keepsake and Legacy. He is now the Director of Choirs at Pinecrest High School where he conducts their Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, and Bella Voce (women’s chorus). He also serves as the Member-at-Large in High Education for the NC Music Educator’s Association and on the board of the NC-ACDA as co-Chair of the NC Collegiate Festival Chorus. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Amanda, his son David, and daughter, Meredith.

DR. SEUNG AH KIM, a native of Busan, Korea, has received her doctorate in piano performance at the University of South Carolina. She holds two masters degrees in piano performance, one from Yonsei University in Korea and the other from The Cleveland Institute of Music. While studying at CIM, she was awarded the Arthur Loesser Memorial Award in Piano, recognizing her outstanding achievement. She also received a prize at the prestigious Darius Milhaud Performance competition. At USC, she was applauded for the performance of Flights of Passage by Claude Baker, which was the South Carolina premiere at the Southern Exposure Concert. She was also on the piano faculty at the USC Community Music Program and served as the official pianist for the Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival and Summer Conservatory at USC. Currently, she is teaching piano and accompanying UNCP Choirs as an adjunct faculty at University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she also plays for faculty and guest artist recital series. In addition to her vigorous solo performances, she has actively performed as a collaborating artist. Recent accompanied recitals at UNCP include world famous player, Øystein Baadsvik’s Tuba recital, New York City Opera Singers’ duo recital - Anna Vikre, soprano; and Rod Nelman, bass, Dr. Terry Everson’s Trumpet recital, and Michele Gingras’s Clarinet recital. With her Husband and tenor, Jaeyoon Kim, she has been also presenting art song recitals at various concerts in Ohio, Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and South Korea. Her teachers include Dr. Charles Fugo and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. She also studied chamber music with Carolyn Gadiel Warner and was chosen to play for the accompanying masterclass of Warren Jones and Dalton Baldwin. She is also the Organist at Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC since 2014.