Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Paynter has served as the Director of Choral Music at HCA since 2008. The Paynter family moved to New Jersey in 2001, after selling their business “Paynter Music,” a full-line music store and academy in Pennsylvania.
As a singer, Mrs. Paynter has won various state and national competitions and has worked for 20 years as a studio demo singer. She has performed with the Atlanta Opera Company, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, and various regional theater companies, and has served as an adjudicator for many vocal competitions. Mrs. Paynter has taught private voice lessons for over 30 years, and her students consistently win admission to top music schools, such as Eastman School of Music and Manhattan School of Music.
As a choral director, Mrs. Paynter’s HCA choirs have ministered to dozens of churches, nursing homes, and community groups, and have won first place/gold medals in every competition they have entered. Servants of the King has been named as “Best Overall Choir” at Heritage Festival Competitions and won the “Spirit of Boston,” “Spirit of San Diego,” and “Spirit of Anaheim” awards at those competitions. Both Chorale and Servants of the King have won “Best Overall Choir” at Music in the Parks Competitions.
Mrs. Paynter has also conducted several community and church choirs throughout the years and has served as guest conductor for special choirs. Mrs. Paynter currently lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, with her husband Stephen, who is the Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, and their dog, Oliver. Their daughter, Sarah, is a graduate of James Madison University, and their son, Andrew, is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. Both Sarah and Andrew are alumni of HCA.