Help the chorale continue its mission to bring great choral music to the Wlmington community!
This scholarship goes to a high school senior who expects to continue their vocal experience in college or university. You can help!

Paula Brinkman is our musical director and conductor. She is a retired music educator from the Schenectady, NY area, where she taught all levels of general and vocal music for 35 years. Paula has studied with some of the great choral music teachers: Harriet Simmons, Jan Harrington, Brock McElherhan, Richard Sheil, and Donald Lang. She has performed with 

some of the great musicians of our time, such as Eugene Ormandy, Aaron Copland, James Levine, Sarah Caldwell, James Pritchard, Lukas Foss, Robert Shaw, and Franz Allers. Paula was named six times to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers " and three times to "Who's Who of American Women". She is also a winner of the Murray Award for excellence in Education. A native of East Hampton, NY, Paula is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia. She and her husband, Bill, live in Leland, N.C.

Our Accompanist!

Daniel Poissant is a pianist, a composer, and an accompanist. He received a B.A. in music from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he studied piano under Juilliard alumnus, Dr. Barry Salwen. During his time at UNCW, Daniel performed as a soloist in two Honors Recitals, UNCW’s Piano Day, and for the Concerts

at CAM concert series at the Cameron Art Museum. Daniel has also performed his compositions with the Raleigh Symphony’s Free Spirits Ensemble numerous times over the past 10 years.


He is currently studying piano and composition under Lanette Lind, an alumna of the Indiana University School of Music. Her symphonic works have been performed by major orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic. Daniel is presently composing his first major work for piano and orchestra.


Daniel has experience accompanying a wide range of musical ensembles, vocalists, and instrumentalists. The Wilmington Choral Society is delighted to have him join us and we look forward to many years making music together!

Board of Directors

President: Carol Beaven
Vice-President: Irene Voneiff
Secretary: Diane Sullivan
Treasurer: Peter Beaven
Scholarship Chair: Kathy Horsmon
Public Relations: Andre Brillaud
Membership: Georgie Harrison
Librarian: Sally Spalding
Social Chair: Nancy Cowen

Director: Paula Brinkman

Accompanist: Daniel Poissant


Social Media

     Karen Easton

Stage Decorations

     Suzanne Prince

Section Leaders

Soprano - Lillian Jimenez

Alto - Debi Hawkins

TenorDon Bowers

Bass/Baritone - Dennis Haugen

       Member Outreach


MHC Coordinator - Kathy Sinclair

Many thanks to  The Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC, and Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director, for the award of a Grassroots grant of $1500 to support performances in the Wilson Center.  

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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The Wilmington Choral Society is a 501(c)(3) organization