Artistic Staff

Managing Artistic Director

Jayson Snipes became Artistic Director of Piedmont Chamber Singers in 2015. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and received a B.M. in Music Education, and M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He studied organ, voice, and conducting.

Jayson has accompanied for several organizations in the area, and in 2011 was the festival organist for the Midwest MusicFest in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He also has experience in music notation, engraving, and has worked as an engraver and editor for local music publishers.

Jayson was conductor of The Moramus Chorale from 2008–2015, a non-auditioned mixed chorus that specializes in performing early music of the early American Moravian tradition. He was also the choral director at Lexington Middle School from 2012 until December 2016. Currently, he serves as Director of Traditional Music at Maple Springs United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.

Assistant Conductor

Carrie Biesiadecki joins The Piedmont Chamber Singers’ 44th season as Assistant Conductor. She is a native of the metro-Atlanta area and currently lives with her husband and two young daughters in Colfax, NC. Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Columbus State University where she studied choral conducting under the direction of Constantina Tsolainou. After graduating college, Carrie taught elementary music for Fulton County Schools where she directed the Palmetto Elementary School 4th-5th grade chorus and was a clinician at the 2013 Fulton County Choral Clinic. She was also an active member in the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers of Cobb County. Since moving to North Carolina, Carrie has held the positions of music teacher at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School of Winston-Salem, choral director at Piedmont Classical High School, and choir director at Grace Lutheran Church in Greensboro. Today, she is the owner, director and teacher at Half-Pint Harmonies, an early-childhood music school in the Piedmont Triad. Carrie is thrilled to be apart of Piedmont Chamber Singer’s educational outreach and looks forward to continuing her conducting education this year under the direction of Jayson Snipes. Carrie has been a choir member and core singer of PCS since 2014.

Accompanist

Norris Norwood is the accompanist for the Piedmont Chamber Singers He has established himself nationally and internationally as a pianist and organist in a wide range of venues as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator.

He received his BM in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also continued graduate studies at UNCSA and later served on the collaborative pianist staff.

In addition to chamber music appearances throughout the southeastern US and festivals in New York and Michigan, Mr. Norwood has performed locally with:

He has also recorded for both NC and SC Public Radio.

As organist, he has played services at Southwark and Exeter Cathedrals and concerts in Westminster Central Hall as guest artist with The London International Choral Festival.

Currently a freelance pianist, Mr. Norwood is also the organist at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville. He serves as staff pianist at both Guilford College and Wake Forest University. A member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Arts and Health Committee which advocates for arts in healing, he is also collaborative pianist with the WFUBMC Chorale as a result of his membership on the Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Arts and Health Committee which advocates for arts in healing.