In early summer of 2015, The Outer Banks Chorus announced the selection of Kyle Cook, choral director at Moyock and Currituck County Middle Schools, as its new director. He succeeds Dr. David F. Evans, who retired from the position following the 2015 spring season.
Board members of the Chorus believe that Cook, who hails from Bellaire, Ohio, brings to the director’s position the same enthusiasm and professionalism with which he approached his 2013 entry into public education. In his first year of teaching, Cook was awarded New Outstanding Teacher of the Year at both Middle Schools and later named the winner of the overall Currituck County School District. In 2015, he was selected as Currituck County Middle School's Teacher of the Year.
Cook also is a staff member of the Currituck High School Marching Knights and serves as the Vocal Director for Currituck County High School’s annual spring musicals. Active in student government and residence hall life while a student at West Virginia’s West Liberty University, as a member of its Concert Choir, Cook participated in concert tours in the United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Spain. He also was a member of several vocal and instrumental groups as well as a performer in University musicals and operas.
Cook has inspired new interest in the Outer Banks Chorus and has elevated its prominence in the surrounding community by reaching out to local students and artists. In support of that initiative, the Outer Banks Chorus Board offers a 50% discount off the $40 season dues to new members still in college or high school.
Cheryl Needham, Accompanist
Cheryl Needham began piano lessons at age five, and continued studies throughout elementary and high school. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she accompanied for the UT Singers, the UT Choral ensemble, instrumental performances, and solo recitals. She was awarded a graduate teaching scholarship, and completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano in 1978. Since that time she has involved herself in teaching private piano lessons, playing in commercial pop bands and accompanying soloists and groups in both secular and church-related venues. Locally, she has performed with the DUMC Praise Band and has assisted with services in many area churches. She now resides on the Outer Banks with her husband, David.