NOCC Executive/Artistic Director Emerita
Executive/Artistic Director, Crescent City Choral Festival
Cheryl Dupont is the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorale. Although she is known throughout the United States for her work with children’s choirs, Cheryl is also experienced at working with mixed choirs on the high school, college and adult levels. She has many years of experience as a high school choral director, and served as Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Orleans for the 1999-2000 academic year. Mrs. Dupont has also served as an Instructor of Voice at the University of New Orleans, Womens’ Chorus Director at Loyola University of the South, and as Associate Conductor of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Other experience includes teaching and conducting on the elementary level and in churches. Her choirs have won numerous awards in music festivals throughout the South, and have appeared at state as well as regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the national convention of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
Mrs. Dupont is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She has conducted numerous all-state choirs throughout the country, and frequently conducts honor choirs for children, middle school, junior high and high school throughout the Southeast. She holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree in Piano and Voice and the Master of Music Education degree in Conducting Performance, both from Loyola University of the South, and the Artist-Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience Institute. She is a Master Teacher for the Choral Music Experience Institute, working in the field of advanced training of choral teacher/conductors. For fifteen years Cheryl has directed CME courses in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kansas, and served as a Teaching Associate at CME Institutes in the US, England, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In addition, she is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Crescent City Choral Festival, an annual choral festival for children throughout the United States, which is in its fifteenth successful year. In 2006 she directed the Children’s Honor Chorus at the Southern regional convention of the America Choral Directors Association and in March of 2010, she conducted the Youth Treble Honor Choir at Western Division ACDA.
Mrs. Dupont has assumed many leadership roles on the district level of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, she was recently named the National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Children and Community Youth for ACDA, having previously served as Southern Division Chair. She is the founder and chairperson of the Louisiana ACDA Children’s All-State Chorus and served two terms as president of the Association for Choral Music Education.
Concert Chorus and Chamber Ensemble Director
Meredith Hotard has directed choral ensembles of singers ranging in age from 6 to 18 for the past sixteen years. She earned both her Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Education from Loyola University New Orleans. She has had many singers participate in All State Honor Choirs, and her ensembles have received superior ratings at multiple festivals. She has also presented at the Louisiana state conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association on the topic of working with changed voice singers in middle and high school. Meredith currently directs middle and upper school singers at Metairie Park Country Day School, in addition to her work with NOCC. She strive to create a healthy community within her ensembles, where singers are confident in their musical skills and have a voice in musical interpretation. Meredith also enjoys performing in local community theater and the New Orleans Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Jan Esthus Schluter
Songbirds and Lyric Chorus Director
Jan Esthus Schluter has been a choral music educator in the New Orleans area for thirty-five years. She received her undergraduate degree in voice and piano performance from Newcomb College of Tulane University, and her Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University. Much of her career was spent teaching at Louise S. McGehee School, where she directed outstanding elementary and middle school choirs and taught general music. She recently retired from her position as Music Director at Munholland United Methodist Church after serving there for 18 years. Along the way, Jan has enjoyed teaching Kindermusik, acting and singing in musical theatre productions, and singing in the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale. Jan and her husband Steve have been adjusting to an empty nest after raising their two boys, Ben and Jason.