Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (GMYC) is delighted to announce the hirings of Judy Leeds as Administrative Coordinator, and Margaret Dodson-Buhl as pianist for the Cecilia Ensemble. These hirings are in alignment with GMYC’s reopening strategy and will lead us forward in our mission to provide opportunities for young singers to share the rewarding experience of making music together.
Judy Leeds joins GMYC with a wealth of experience in non-profit management both as an employee and volunteer. As a prior director of the Wilton Main Street Association, Judy and her volunteers brought vitality to downtown Wilton, NH. Music and art experiences were introduced to the community through a variety of venues. The arts continue to thrive in Wilton’s downtown, with new businesses opening that promote the arts in the Monadnock Region.
Margaret Dodson-Buhl joins GMYC is the pianist for the Cecilia Ensemble. She is a retired music teacher from Binghamton, New York, having taught elementary, middle, and high school general and choral music. Dodson-Buhl attended Colgate university, where she was a student of Vivien Harvey Slater, and received her Masters of Music, Piano Performance, and teaching credentials from Ithaca College. After 30 years of teaching, and moving to New Hampshire, Dodson-Buhl is glad to continue supporting young musicians by serving the Cecilia Ensemble. The Cecilia Ensemble is the premier high school treble chorus in the region, regularly performing locally and regionally, and internationally every two years.
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is the performance-based choral music program for young singers in the Monadnock Region. GMYC has served thousands of singers in five different choirs drawing from more than 20 towns in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. GMYC is a 501-c3 non-profit organization. For more information about the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, visit us online at www.GrandMonadnockYouthChoirs.org
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is proud to introduce Rise Up, a new non-audition singing ensemble for children in grades K-3. After GMYC reopened in the fall, GMYC collected information from local families with young children who expressed interest in a singing ensemble for children in grades K-3. Using the recommendations from these families, GMYC created Rise Up.
GMYC will host seven 1-hour classes for children in grades K-3 culminating in a private performance for families and guests. Rehearsals will be full of singing and movement and will enrich the music education of participants through dance, toys/props, rhymes and poetry, performance etiquette, singing a variety of music, and playing rhythmic and melodic games.
Rise Up will be directed by Esther Rhoades, the Artistic Director of Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs. She has directed choirs and taught music to singers of all ages for more than 13 years. Her energetic teaching style, expertise in music, and infectious positivity allow GMYC singers to thrive and grow not only musically, but also as individuals. Esther is thrilled to be introducing this new ensemble! “There’s nothing better than taking children on a journey, and through singing, transform the room into a noisy jungle or a noisy buzzing forest! I’m jumping for joy!"
Rise Up will meet Saturday mornings from 9:30am-10:30am in Peterborough. . Dates of the classes are March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7th. Singers may be dropped off, or parents/caregivers and young siblings are welcome to stay and participate. Children are asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Tuition is $120 per child. Siblings in grades K-3 can take advantage of a family discount and register for reduced tuition of $100. Tuition is due by the first practice. Space is limited and registration is due by March 12th. To register and for additional information visit us at www.GrandMonadnockYouthChoirs.org.
Prior to each rehearsal, GMYC asks that all participants and accompanying family members conduct a Covid-19 check at home. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not return to the class until you have received a negative at-home or PCR test. Everyone in the rehearsal space over the age of 2 years is required to be properly masked. Singers should wear a comfortable mask that they can wear for the duration of the class. The rehearsal space will provide outside air circulation.
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is the performance-based choral music program for young singers in the Monadnock Region. GMYC has served thousands of singers in five different choirs rehearsing in Keene and Peterborough, drawing participants from more than 20 towns in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. GMYC is a 501-c3 non-profit organization. For more information about Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, visit us online at www.GrandMonadnockYouthChoirs.org.
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs
GMYC is the performance-based choral music education program for young singers in our community.