ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR CONDUCTOR
Joan Gregoryk, Founder and Artistic Director of the Children's Chorus of Washington, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of children's vocal music. Ms. Gregoryk prepared the singers for various performances with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Gregoryk taught for many years at Chevy Chase Elementary School where her school's chorus won her considerable acclaim. Ms. Gregoryk has conducted numerous district, state, international festival, and ACDA division children's honors choruses. She has taught courses on children's vocal development and chorus at Westminster Choir College and the University of St. Thomas, and lead seminars for numerous Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, ACDA and MENC chapters. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music Education, and is an Artist-Teacher Associate at the Choral Music Experience Institute
ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR ACCOMPANIST
Donald Cotton currently is the principal accompanist for the Children's Chorus of Washington in DC. He also teaches music and directs the choir at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Alexandria, Virginia. The choir has performed at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, at the White House, on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and was invited to participate in An American Cantata: 2000 Voices with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Cotton has also has served as accompanist for children's choral festivals throughout Europe and South America. Mr. Cotton received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Accompanying from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He also serves as Director of Music for Queen of Apostles Parish.
April 11, 2013