About The Director

Donald R. Kirkindoll

Don Kirkindoll earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Centenary College of Louisiana, and the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of South Carolina.

An experienced vocalist, Kirkindoll has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, as well as concerts in Europe, South Africa, and throughout the southeastern U.S.A., including the World Premiere performance of Lux: The Dawn from On High by Dan Forrest with the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Kirkindoll has directed music programs/ministries and choirs of all ages in churches, schools, and community organizations since 1997. In August 2022 he became the Director of Music and Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, NC. Prior to his current position he served as the Director of Music Ministries at Union UMC in Irmo, SC, Advent UMC in Simpsonville, SC, and Ashland UMC in Columbia, SC. He also served as the Choral Director at Blythewood High School (SC) and the Vocal Director of the Tri-District Arts Consortium (SC). Choirs under his direction have performed at Walt Disney World, Carnegie Hall (World Premiere performance of The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins, 2012) and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center (Mass in Blue by Will Todd, 2019), and churches and cathedrals throughout England and Scotland – most notably Canterbury Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Wesley’s Chapel, and Canongate Kirk.

The Music Ministry of Union UMC thrived and grew under Kirkindoll’s direction. In the summer of 2022, the Union Choir performed on tour at Wesley’s Chapel (London, England), Canterbury Cathedral (Canterbury, England), St. Helen’s Church – Stonegate (York, England), and Canongate Kirk (Edinburgh, Scotland). Most recently, he is excited to begin working with the Haywood Choral Society as their new Director and continue their long-standing reputation for musical excellence. Don lives in Clyde, NC with his wife and best friend, Kriss, and their teenager, Nat.

Previous Directors

Kathy Geyer McNeil


David Traynham


J. William Stephenson