Melissa Keylock is the newly appointed Music Director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. For the last ten years she has served as Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir. Since 2014, she has served as Adjunct Professor at Rider University, supervising graduate music education student teachers. For the past several years, Melissa worked as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the American Boychoir School, and conducted the Boychoir’s community after-school program. Prior to that, she worked at the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and taught public and private school, including K-12 vocal music and AP Music Theory. Melissa has spent her career in various leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association. Currently she serves as its Eastern Division Repertoire and Resources Chair for Youth Choirs.
Melissa holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Wheaton College and a master of music in conducting from Butler University, where she directed the collegiate Women’s Glee Club. Melissa completed her Kodály studies at Capital University, and Orff Level One at Kansas State University. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, and Who’s Who in American Women.
Melissa enjoys traveling as a guest clinician and presenter at choral conferences and festivals. Engagements include Music in the Parks, the Piedmont Invitational Choral Festival (NC), BCMEA MS Honor Choir (PA), Let Freedom SING! Girlchoir National Convention in Philadelphia, Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians (WI), Kentucky Music Educator’s Conference Children’s Choir, North Carolina Sings! Women’s Choir, First Coast Honor Choir in Florida, New Jersey Children’s Honor Choir, Appleton (WI) Boychoir, Pennsylvania Elementary Song Fest, Philadelphia Festival of Young Musicians, New Jersey Intermediate Chorus, seven Circle the State With Song festivals in Indiana, and serving as Artist in Residence at the Peck School. She regularly leads teacher workshops, including the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, New Jersey Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and the New School for Music Study. She is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, who infuses yoga breathing, strength, balance, and posture into her choral rehearsals. She teaches at several local yoga studios. Melissa and co-writer Jill Friedersdorf have published over twenty songs, and are published with Colla Voce, Chorister’s Guild, Galaxy, and Hal Leonard Publishing.
As PG Music Director, Melissa will also serve as Assistant Artistic Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), partnering closely with Founder and Artistic Director Steven Fisher. CY serves over 700 singers, half of whom are underserved, in six different award-winning programs: Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Find Your Instrument!, Good Mornin’ Music, Garden State Girlchoir, and New Jersey Boychoir.
Dr. Elizabeth Cassidy Parker is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. She is conductor of the Troubadors, and will also work with the Scholas. Her daughter Sara is a Trouvere.
An active clinician for children’s and youth choirs, she held the position of Director of Music for a large New York City not-for-profit where she grew a children’s choir program of more than 250 voices. While on music faculty at Columbus State University in Georgia, Parker was appointed the Artistic Director of the Voices of the Valley Youth Choir. She has also taught P-12 school and community choirs in New York, Nebraska, and Georgia, focusing on the vocal development of young people in choral contexts. As a choral singer, Dr. Parker performed for several seasons with the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir in New York City, and sang in Carnegie Hall with James Conlon and Robert Shaw. Her choirs engaged in several tours and commissions of emerging composers.
Dr. Parker’s research interests include the social and philosophical development of adolescent choral singers as well as emerging identities of preservice music educators. She frequently presents her research nationally and internationally at such conferences as the American Choral Directors Association, The American Educational Research Association, NAfME’s Society for Research in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, and the International Society for Music Education. Parker is published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Choral Journal, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, and The International Journal of Music Education.
Danielle Molan is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College with a master’s degree in sacred music, choral conducting concentration. During her time at Westminster she was Director of the Newtown Presbyterian Children’s Choir and Assistant Director of Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir. She studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Steve Pilkington. As alto section leader of the Westminster Symphonic Choir she performed major choral works with professional orchestras from around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic.
Prior to her time at WCC, Miss Molan taught elementary general music at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Downingtown School District. It was here that she directed and choreographed the Fifth Grade Musical each spring. She also directed Beaver Creek’s Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus, as well as creating and directing a select auditioned ensemble for fourth and fifth graders. During her time in Downingtown she acquired her Kodaly and Orff certifications from West Chester University, and directed numerous musical theater summer camps in Chester County for students of all ages.
Currently she directs the Rooke Chapel Vocal Ensemble at Bucknell University, an auditioned and paid college choir. She is very excited about her many roles in Commonwealth Youthchoirs, including conducting PG Schola’s, KSB Trainers and Apprentices, and FYI Choir. She will also be leading a session of Good Mornin’ Music, as well as assisting with PG Troubadors, and Motet Choir.
Elizabeth Manus, Accompanist*
*indicates an independent contractor