Jeremy Tucker, Artistic Director and Conductor, Performing Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble, Tour Choir and Alumni Choir
Jeremy Tucker is a native of North Carolina and currently the Director of Arts Education for Durham Public Schools.
He holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Education and an additional degree in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, a winner of the North Carolina Schools Regional Teacher of the Year, as well as the NC Symphony’s Maxin Swalin Outstanding Educator Award. During his teaching career, he taught elementary music for seven years and high school choral music for seven years. His choirs were heard at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference as well as at the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association(ACDA) conference.
Mr. Tucker served as the NC Department of Public Instructions Music and Theatre Arts Education Consultant for two years before joining Durham Public Schools! He has traveled the Eastern U.S. serving as a guest conductor for Honors and All-State Choral Festivals including collaborative concerts with the NC Symphony. He currently serves as the President-Elect for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Mr. Tucker is also an award recipient of the 2020 Raleigh Medal of Arts, the City’s highest arts honor, for his excellent work with the Raleigh Boychoir.
Missy Donovan, Executive Director
Donovan comes to the Raleigh Boychoir (RBC) with a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in arts administration in the non-profit sector. Donovan is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a Master of Arts in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University and worked as a Program Director before moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina last year. An avid arts participant and supporter, Donovan has a range of experiences including her work with the McConnell Arts Center, The Central Ohio Clay Arts Group, the Dublin Arts Center, the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Donovan has experience in program management, strategic planning, fundraising and development, and marketing arts programs. We are excited to welcome Melissa as our new Executive Director.
Katie O’Neill, Conductor, Training Choir
Katie O’Neill, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is a trained vocalist, conductor, and educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Meredith College. While at Meredith, she was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor’s Society, Meredith College Silver Shield Honorary Leadership Society. Mrs. O’Neill holds a Master of Music in Music Education, K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a music teacher at Ravenscroft School. Prior to teaching at Ravenscroft, Mrs. O’Neill taught K-5 general music for six years at West Smithfield Elementary School in Johnston County. She has studied music abroad in England and Austria and performed abroad in Italy.
Following Vicki Oehling’s retirement in September 2017, Mrs. O’Neill assumed the role of Training Choir Conductor.
Bo Reece, Conductor, Resident Choir
Mr. Reece holds a B.M. and M.M from Appalachian State University with concentrations in General Music and Conducting. He was a member of the Appalachian State University Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Philip Paul, student of Robert Shaw, New York, NY. While completing his Masters in Music, Mr. Reece completed an extensive study of TTBB choral literature with Dr. Paul, chaired two Alumni Reunion weekends, and assisted in producing their first CD.
Mr. Reece is a Fellow with the A+ Schools of North Carolina, helping schools transform their teaching model with Arts integration woven into every child’s daily learning experience. Previously, he taught K- 12 music (general, choral, instrumental) education in Western NC as well as here in Central North Carolina. He has led and assisted with national workshops in music education for over thirty years.
Vicki Oehling, Principal Accompanist Emeritus
Vicki Eackles Oehling served on the artistic staff as Assistant Artistic Director and Conductor of the Training Choir until September 2017. She was also previously the longtime principal accompanist for the Raleigh Boychoir. She had a long and continuous association with the Boychoir since 1974, serving as a volunteer accompanist for former Director/Founder Thomas E. Sibley, and serving as a choirboy parent volunteer and board member prior to her staff position.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Mount Union in Ohio, Mrs. Oehling studied in the Piano Performance program at the University of North Carolina for two years with Michael Zenge. She has performed in chamber groups, accompanied area soloists and studio recitals, and now has a piano teaching studio. She has also served as a staff member of Community Music School in Raleigh.
Mrs. Oehling retired from her position as Lower School General Music instructor at Ravenscroft School. While there she composed musicals for her students, co-composed a Lower School theme song, conducted Middle School choir, and accompanied students in musicals and recitals. Mrs. Oehling received the Helton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Ravenscroft School.
Mrs. Oehling has served on the staff of the Spoleto Abroad summer school in Italy as choral director. She is married to Lynn Oehling and has two former choirboy sons.
Board of Directors
Patti Kingery, Chair
Vinita Chaudhary, Treasurer
Jazzmone Sutton, Secretary
Kim Demery, At Large
Bob Goodale, At Large
Freddie Lee Heath, At Large
Dwayne Holloway, At Large
Dr Kenneth Tice, At Large
Jeremy Tucker, Artistic Director, ex officio
Missy Donovan, Executive Director, ex officio
Erin O’Hara, Administrative Assistant