M.A. in Education, Fayetteville State University
Denise Murchison Payton, a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina, is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Music Education and Adult Learning at Boston University. She has studied with Judith Pinnix Howell (NC), Sheila Carver (TX), Leroy Roberson, Dr. Samuel Barber, Phyllis Tektonidis (NC) and presently with Christine Weidinger, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Company.
Ms. Payton performs regularly with the Long Leaf Opera Company. She has performed frequently as a soprano soloist and in such operas as Susannah, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and in the world premiere of Strange Fruit, and Regina. Internationally, Ms. Payton has performed at the American Church in Paris, France, St. Jacobs, a 12th century church in Liege, Belgium, the National Basicilia of Koekelberg, the fifth largest church in the world and St. Giles Church in the canal city of Brugge, Belgium. Denise is featured on the CD "What a Mighty God We Serve recorded in Belgium. Ms. Payton has been a featured soloist with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, Canada. Recently, Payton was the recipient of the Regional Artist Grant producing an inspirational CD which will debut in 2010.
Before her current position as Director of the FSU Concert Choir, Ms. Payton spent thirty years directing choirs in the Richmond and Cumberland County Public Schools. Payton is also the founder of The Heritage Restoration Chorale an ecumenical group of singers from the Fayetteville, Cumberland County area specializing in the Negro Spiritual.
She is often sought after as a vocal coach and lecturer/presenter for churches and civic organizations. Denise has been the Minister of Music and worship leader at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church since 1987.
Denise Murchison Payton
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