Open to children in grades 1–8 from all communities on the North Shore.
2019–20 season enrollment is currently open—register online today!
We nurture student musicianship, build confidence, and encourage artistic expression through developmentally appropriate vocal instruction. The Children's Choir provides an ensemble experience that allows students to develop musically as individuals while contributing to the joy and artistry of singing together with their peers.
We believe that students of varying ages can learn from each other by leading and working together to create something beyond the individual.
2019–20 season enrollment is open for students who wish to begin in September 2019—complete our online registration form today!
This registration form is for all new and returning Choir members who wish to sing beginning in September 2019 (fall semester). No financial commitment is required at the time of registration—submission of the form simply saves a space for your child in the program.
While auditions are not held, enrollment appointments are required of each new student and returning students entering the third grade, in order to help with choir placement.
Please email email@example.com to schedule a 5-minute appointment.
Next Enrollment Appointment Dates:
Please contact us to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 9, 2019, 4:30 p.m.—FIRST REHEARSAL OF THE NEW SEASON
Please submit the online registration form and you will be contacted by email to schedule an enrollment appointment. No payment is due at the time of registration online—families will be asked to pay tuition only when they are fully committed to participation for each semester.
Questions? Please email us at email@example.com
P 978 867 4429
Rehearsals take place on Monday afternoons from 4:30–5:30 p.m. (Lyric Choir: first through third grade) and 4:30–6 p.m. (Concert Choir: third grade through eighth grade) in Phillips Music Center at Gordon College. There are two performances during the fall semester (including the Gordon College Christmas Gala Concerts) and one performance during the spring semester. Please see our detailed 2019–20 Calendar available for download.
Fall Semester Commitment: September 9, 2019–December 9, 2019
Spring Semester Commitment: January 6, 2019–April 5, 2020
The Choir follows public school vacation and holiday closings, with no rehearsals on those Mondays.
LYRIC AND CONCERT CHOIRS
In order to receive the most developmentally appropriate vocal instruction, the Children's Choir is divided into two ensembles: Lyric Choir (students receive more individual instruction, more attention given to basic vocal technique, developing vocal foundations, matching pitch, rehearsal etiquette) and Concert Choir (building on foundations learned in Lyric Choir, students begin exploring ensemble repertoire that includes some 2 part harmony)
TUITION for 2019–2020
$198 per semester ($138 per semester for siblings)
Payment is due by check payable to Gordon College only when the student is fully committed to participating for the semester.
Fall Semester Tuition: due September 30, 2019
Spring Semester Tuition: due January 30, 2020
Reduced rates are available for members of the Gordon community, including faculty and staff, and full-time students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.867.4429.
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC STAFF
Sandra Doneski, Artistic Director, has been a teacher of music to students in Kindergarten through graduate school. She is Dean of Faculty, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Music Education at Gordon College. She teaches courses in music education methods, learning theory, assessment, and curriculum development; supervises student teachers; and conducts the Gordon College Children’s Choir. She founded the Children’s Choir in 2000 to give children in the community an opportunity to grow as musicians, and music education majors an opportunity to develop as teachers and conductors. Dr. Doneski has also served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she was Associate Conductor of the Children’s Choir Program. Under her guidance, NEC implemented choral programs for early elementary and middle school students that focused on vocal pedagogy and building musicianship. She has served as a conductor for MENC (NAfME) and ACDA sponsored events throughout the Northeast, and is co-founder of Embracing the New Music Educator – a mentoring program for new music educators in Massachusetts. She currently serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Common Music Initiative Project.
In 2009, Dr. Doneski was the recipient of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Lowell Mason Award and the Society for General Music in Massachusetts Excellence in General Music Award. In 2012, she was awarded the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award and in 2013 she received the Administrators in Music Education Visionary Leadership Award.
Dr. Doneski has published articles and conducted workshops on choral literature and techniques, curriculum development, assessment and mentoring. She recently co-authored a chapter in the MENC Handbook: Research on Teaching and Learning in Music Education titled "Research on Elementary and Secondary School Singing."
She is a graduate of Gordon College and received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Cassandra Hanudel, Assistant Conductor, earned her B.M in music education from Gordon College in 2004 and her M.M.Ed. in music education from the University of Hartford in 2010. She taught music in the Needham Public Schools for 10 years, directing choirs and teaching general music, and was the choral director at Pollard Middle School for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choruses as well as the award winning Treble Choir. Under Mrs. Hanudel’s direction the Treble Choir traveled and performed everywhere from Washington D.C. to New York City, won numerous gold medals at state festivals, and was invited to perform at Symphony Hall, Mechanics Hall, and the 2009 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI.
During her time at Gordon, Mrs. Hanudel studied voice and vocal pedagogy and sang with the College Choir and various other chamber ensembles. She has also performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has taught voice privately for 15 years. Since 2014 Mrs. Hanudel has been home with her children and has maintained an active voice studio, focusing on vocal pedagogy and performance techniques with high school students.
She is presently Assistant Conductor of the Community Children’s Choir at Gordon College.
Andrew Mills, Assistant Conductor, A native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Andrew received a B.S.Ed. in Vocal/Choral Music and Education from the University of North Alabama. For the past four years, Andrew has been teaching in Billerica Public Schools, where he served as the Music Specialist Teacher at Thomas Ditson Elementary School from 2014-4016, and the Choral Director for grades 6-12 for the past two school years. In this newer position, Andrew conducts 5 choirs, directs music for the spring musical, and teaches beginning piano. Andrew has performed in various theatre and opera productions and choral ensembles, having most recently sung with the Boston Cecilia in 2016. Andrew is also an active composer, having written for various ensembles at the high school and collegiate level. His arrangement, All Blessings Flow is available through the St. James Music Press. Andrew will earn his Master of Music Education from Gordon College at the end of this August, 2018. He is currently Assistant Conductor of the Community Children's Choir at Gordon College.