About Our Program

The choral program at Robert C. Byrd High School is one that dates back decades before our school's opening in 1996. Before RCB opened its doors to area students, our choirs found their home at Washington Irving and Roosevelt-Wilson High Schools.

Through the dedication of generations of directors, students, parents, and volunteers, the program has seen valleys and mountaintops, but continues to thrive. Former directors include Mr. David Webster, Mr. Tom Day, Mrs. Meredith Rogers, and Mrs. Vicki Haley. The program is currently under the direction of Ms. Mady J. McNemar (Class of 2005).

Ensembles include the Vocal Affinity Concert Choir, the Vocal Intensity Show Choir, and the Vocal Point A Capella ensemble. 

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An early 20th c. photo of Washington Irving High School.

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About the Director

 

Mady J. McNemar is a proud native of Clarksburg, West Virginia and is an alumna of Robert C. Byrd High School (2005), where she was active in the band and choir programs. 

Mady attended Alderson-Broaddus College (now University), where she studied vocal music and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (2009). She is certified in the State of West Virginia to teach K-adult band and choir. Mady attended the University of Southern Mississippi and earned her Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2011. 

After finishing her post-graduate education, Mady served as Director of Vocal Music at Purvis High School and Purvis Middle School in Purvis, Mississippi, just outside of Hattiesburg. There, she directed two competitive show choirs, a women's choir, a 6-8 concert choir, and also served as music director and choreographer for the spring musical (Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde). 

Outside of the classroom, Mady enjoys providing music in church worship services and giving back to the arts community through community choir and theatre experiences. 

Outside of music, Mady enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and rediscovering her home state. She is an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and has one adorable Southern-belle Shorkie, Betsy. Mady is proud to be home and giving back to the community that helped raise her in the arts.