RAGAZZI CORO AND FINALE CHOIR DIRECTOR
Markell D. Pipkins is a music educator who specializes in working with choral ensembles. He has been teaching gospel choirs for almost 10 years both in churches and in formal school settings. Currently, Mr. Pipkins serves as the choral director for Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis as well as the music director and organist at Scott United Methodist Church. In addition to these duties, he is also an active freelance pianist and vocal performer.
A graduate of Butler University, Mr. Pipkins believes it is his job as an educator to properly equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take the world by storm.
ANGELO VOCI AND CANTANTI LIRICHI DIRECTOR, CHOIR LIBRARIAN
Tiffany Richards, director of the Angelo Voci and Cantanti Lirichi ensembles, 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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS
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.
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.
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Sean Kisch holds a Bachelor's Degree in music composition from Cedarville University and 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.
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!
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.
ACCOMPANIST AND MUSIC THEORY INSTRUCTOR
Joining the staff in the fall of 2020, Geoff has added his musical expertise in accompanying as well as teaching two levels of music theory. Geoff is a recent graduate of Butler University, having completed a master's degree in piano performance.
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.
PRINCIPAL ACCOMPANIST AND MUSIC THEORY INSTRUCTOR
Performer, collaborator, and teacher, Douglas Perez recently completed 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.
PRIMO CORO DIRECTOR,
Mr. Caleb Crawford holds a BA, an MA, and an MM in piano performance. A gifted vocalist and director, Mr. Crawford also teaches voice lessons to students in the choir, greatly improving their vocal tone and range.
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 2019, our enrollment has reached 147 students. The pandemic and necessary schedule changes has reduced our enrollment this year, but not our commitment!
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 2017. Though the pandemic interrupted our plans to travel to Europe in the summer of 2021, we look forward to future opportunities.