Mrs. Darlene George joins the HCCC staff this year as an accompanist for the elementary program choirs. She has served as an accompanist for the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Greenfield Central High School, Greenfield Middle School, Sugar Creek Elementary Visions Choir, Hancock County Children's Theater, as well as serving as the principal pianist at her church. She is also a sought after accompanist for ISSMA band competition participants.
RAGAZZI CORO DIRECTOR
With a bachelors degree in music, a career of professional music performance, and 10 years of experience in teaching choir and band in elementary, middle school, and high school, Dan Clark joined the staff of HCCC last year as the director of the Ragazzi Coro Ensemble.
Dan is well acquainted with HCCC after serving as a guest soloist with the choir many times since its inception. A gifted tenor and teacher, Dan devotes his talents to developing the voices of the young men of the choir.
Big Dreams and Dedication
Gayle Roschi dreamed of starting a children's choir for many years, but the demands of raising a family and teaching private vocal and piano lessons commanded all her time. Yet, no time was wasted because Gayle had spent 30 years studying, teaching, and refining her musical skills. Finally, a window of opportunity opened to pursue her dream, and she was perfectly equipped to become the founding Artistic Director of the Hancock County Children's Choir. Gayle called on Leanne Cherry, a long-time personal friend and colleague to come aboard as the first HCCC accompanist.
Lisa Heady longed for an opportunity for her children and others to sing in a choir. Road weary from traveling to Indianapolis for lessons and cultural activities, Lisa was convinced that there were plenty of families in east central Indiana who shared her feelings. Together with a handful of dedicated parents, Lisa encouraged Gayle to come to Hancock County to begin her choir.
Sixteen students enrolled in the choir in the fall of 2011, and their first performance was to a standing room only audience at New Palestine Bible Church. It was clear that the talent needed to develop a significant choir was indeed present, and the community expressed its support.
The choir has steadily grown to 7 ensembles serving children ages 5-18. As of this spring, our enrollment has reached 101 students. Happily, we have been able to add staff members to accommodate the increase in our student enrollment.
In its short history, HCCC has performed at New York's famed Carnegie Hall twice and has been invited back for two more performances in 2016 and 2017. Performing for the nationally televised Dove Awards and on Indianapolis Fox affiliate Channel 59 were the highlights of last season. And the excitement never ends as the choir prepares this season for the Texas International Choir Festival in June.
From an early age, Sarah developed a love for all things musical, learning to play both piano and violin.
Miss Bennett graduated from Anderson University in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Arts in music with concentration in piano performance. In 2014, she was honored to win the Anderson University Concerto-Aria Competition and was given the opportunity to perform her winning selection with the Anderson University Orchestra.
A degreed music educator and performer, Gayle Roschi has directed children's choirs as well as middle and high school choirs in nine states. Her love of singing and investing in the lives of children is clearly evident as she carefully selects pieces, designing each performance to be educational, entertaining, and fun. Mrs. Roschi is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, teacher and author. Mrs. Roschi conducts the Angelo Voci and Cantanti Lirichi ensembles.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ELEMENTARY PROGRAM
Tricia Bagnall is an educator and musician with extensive experience teaching fine arts in both individual and group settings. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Speech Education with a proficiency in Theater and Vocal Performance, she directed choirs on both the east and west coasts with singers from elementary age to adults. While directing choirs, plays, and musicals, she also invested over 18 years in education both in classroom and private settings.
Currently, Mrs. Bagnall is continuing her education toward a Master of Arts in Academic Interdisciplinary Education.
Introducing students and audiences to the arts. Using the medium of the arts to develop student skills and self-confidence.
Educating the whole child. Vocal training and so much more.
Giving students the gift of singing. Opening doors of opportunity. Educating the whole child by teaching poise, stage presence, and etiquette.
Bringing talented, experienced staff to the communities of east central Indiana.
Sean Kisch is a recent graduate of Cedarville University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition. While Mr. Kisch was a student, he accompanied and sang with the Cedarville Men's Glee Club. In 2016 he won the University Concerto Competition with the Mendelssohn Concerto for Two Pianos in A Flat.
His compositions have been performed by countless soloists and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
ELEMENTARY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Katie McDaniel is the music specialist at Sugar Creek Elementary School in New Palestine schools, where she teaches grades K-6. Mrs. McDaniel is a graduate of Anderson University with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education. She is currently working on her masters, as well as completing her Orff -Schulwerk certification. Mrs. McDaniel has had the honor to serve as the guest conductor for Circle the State with Song for the state of Indiana twice. She enjoys performing locally, as well as singing in her church choir.
BELLA VOCI DIRECTOR AND
Tiffany Richards, director of the Bella Voci ensemble, has served the choir since its inception, first as a volunteer and now as a staff member. Mrs. Richards holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Anderson University. She also earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from Indiana University. A pianist and conductor, Mrs. Richards has experience teaching and conducting in both the church and school settings.
Hancock County Children's Choir is a choral performance and education program dedicated to create musical opportunities for youth through the performance of a variety of musical literature including classical, cross-cultural, folk, patriotic, pop, sacred, and secular genres of music. Students in the choir are taught vocal production, diction, music theory, music history and appreciation, poise, stage presence, public speaking, and etiquette. Our interactive programs instill valuable life skills, challenging our students to learn, grow, mature, develop self-confidence, and shine!