LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — This summer two Lee University students, Chanelle Fagan and Paul Whitehead, will be singing with the talented singing group known as the Lake Junaluska Singers, which is based out of North Carolina.
The Lake Junaluska Singers is a gifted group of eighteen individuals who, under the direction of Dr. Glenn Draper, perform several summer concerts at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. During the summer they also tour within the Southeast, performing at various locations.
Chanelle Fagan, a soprano vocalist from Phoenix, AZ, returns for her second summer with the singers. Fagan is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ, and she graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoneix, AZ, where she received a Bachelor's degree. She received her Master's degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She was the winner of Desert Mountain Idol and a top thirty finalist in Arizona Idol. She has also performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park and at the NCAA Insight Bowl. She is the daughter of Janet Carpentier of Scottsdale, AZ, and the granddaughter of Betty Fagan of Boston, MA.
Paul Whitehead, a tenor vocalist from Shelbyville, KY, will be spending his first summer with the Lake Junaluska Singers. He is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian Academy and currently attends Lee University. He is the son of Phillip and Susan Whitehead, also of Shelbyville, KY. Whitehead is a three-time NATS Finalist, has made honor recital appearances at Lee University, and has performed in the productions of Gilbert and Patience. He has also been the soloist in several major music events at Lee University, and has also performed with the Lee University Chorale at Carnegie Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and St. Marks Basilica in Venice, Italy.
The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is located near Asheville, North Carolina. The center hosts over 250,000 guests per year and offers numerous religious conferences and events throughout the year.