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Meet our dedicated Artistic Staff who teach, engage, and entertain through choral music.

Douglas Mears

Douglas Mears

Artistic Director / Conductor - Adult Chorus

Through his inspiring musical leadership, for over 30 years Douglas Mears has been instrumental in bringing the Fairfax Choral Society to the forefront of Washington choruses. He joined FCS in 1980 as accompanist and soon thereafter became Associate Director. Dr. Mears completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the prestigious…

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Paul Leavitt

Paul Leavitt

Interim Director - Symphonic Chorus

Paul Leavitt made his début as a concert pianist at 15 with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. As a scholarship student he received a Master’s from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s from SUNY Purchase. Laureate of the International Steinway Competition (1989) in Paris, France, Mr. Leavitt performs regularly in Europe and the United States as a…

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Patrick Vaughn

Patrick Vaughn

Director of Youth Choruses / Conductor - Concert Choir & Master Singers

Since the summer of 2005, Patrick Vaughn has served as the Director of Youth Choruses for the FCS, overseeing all performing ensembles and over 250 students. He also conducts the Concert Choir and the Master Singers. In addition to his position with FCS, he is the Director of Choirs at…

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Michelle McCarten

Michelle McCarten

Director of Youth Education, Youth Chorus Conductor

Michelle McCarten teaches general music and chorus at Daniels Run Elementary School  in Fairfax County.   She is also the Director of Children’s Choirs at The Falls Church Anglican.  Originally from Falls Church, VA, she has also taught early childhood and elementary music in New York and Connecticut.  Ms. McCarten holds a…

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