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 participated in the Texas International Choir Festival in June.
Through excellent musical education and mentorship, we equip youth with essential life skills while igniting a community interest in our youth and the arts.
Using the medium of the arts to develop student skills and self-confidence.
Youth are living fulfilled lives through strong character, confidence, and perseverance, and communities are enriched through exposure to the performing arts.
Bringing talented, experienced staff to the communities of east central Indiana.
PRIMO CORO DIRECTOR
Mia Ray is currently a graduate student at Butler University pursuing her master’s degree in music composition. In addition to furthering her education through Butler, Ray teaches both piano and voice students through Butler Community Arts School, Southeast Baptist Tabernacle, and Suburban Christian School. Ray’s passion is to produce innovative music to be used both inside and outside the concert hall.
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, Solfege (sight singing), 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!
Performer, collaborator, and teacher, Douglas Perez is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance at Butler University. His specializations include Romantic, Modern, and
collaborative piano repertoire.
Mr. Perez’s current collaborations include the Butler Chorale and the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Butler Wind Ensemble under the No stranger to teaching, Douglas has taught private and group lessons to wide-ranging age groups.
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.
CHERUBINO CORO AND PICCOLI ANGELI DIRECTOR
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.
Sean Kisch holds a Bachelor's Degree in music composition from Cedarville University and is currently finishing a master's degree in music composition at Butler University. In 2018 he won the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Christmas Carol Commission competition with his composition Rise Anon for SATB and piano.
His compositions have been performed by countless soloists and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Joshua Ingersoll has played and performed on the piano since childhood. Having received ABRSM certifications in piano performance and music theory he was also privileged to study pedagogy of harmony with Dr. M. Dean Kincaid, the former Dean of Faculty at the American Conservatory.
Joshua received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and currently works in the Human Resources field. He still pursues his interests as a teacher, piano tuner, technician, and rebuilder (2004 – present), having apprenticed under Gregg Gough, a former concert tuner for the Boston Symphony. Mr. Ingersoll lives his wife Emily, and their children, Erik and Mercy in Greenfield.
Chris Gordon joins the staff of Hancock County Children's Choir as an accompanist for our Ragazzi Coro
men's ensemble. Chris is the primary accompanist for the Greenfield Community Choir, participates on the praise team at his home church, and is on staff as one of the organists at Bradley UMC.