PETERBOROUGH, NH: The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (GMYC) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Erin Zaffini, DMA to their expanding staff structure. Dr. Zaffini, an adjunct music and music education professor at Keene State College, will be bringing her expertise with young singers to lead the Trebles Choir. Based in Peterborough, the Trebles Choir is comprised of singers in grades two through four. Esther Rhoades, Artistic Director, will continue directing GMYC’s remaining four choirs in Keene and Peterborough: Keene Youth Chorus, Choristers, Elm City Singers, and the Cecilia Ensemble.
Dr. Erin Zaffini brings an impressive array of experience to the GMYC team, as she is also a faculty member for the University of New Hampshire’s Professional Development Department, and teaches K-5 general, vocal, and instrumental music at Stoddard and Washington Elementary Schools. Dr. Zaffini is an active clinician around the country, serving as the Eastern Division Representative for NAfME’s General Music Council; is the Collegiate Coordinator, General Music Chair and Mentor Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association; and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educators Journal.
The addition of Dr. Erin Zaffini is one of many substantial changes for this ever-growing organization. In recent years, The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs expanded their choirs from Peterborough to also serve Keene-area singers and increased the scope of their administrative position in 2019 with plans for greater expansion in 2020, allowing the artistic staff to maximize their creative capabilities with the heart of organization: the singers. Currently serving singers in grades 2-12 from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, the organization also plans to expand beyond their five current ensembles.
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997. It is the performance-based choral music education program for young singers in our community. GMYC is based in Peterborough and Keene and serves over 100 singers from nearly 20 towns across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. GMYC offers professional rehearsal and performance environments that foster musical expression, a deep appreciation of music, and meaningful, lifelong friendships.