Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Children's Choir names trio to positions

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2015

A trio of experienced, dedicated music educators will be leading the Children’s Choir of Huntington County (CCHC) this fall. CCHC is a not-for-profit organization emphasizing vocal training and music artistry through the choral experience.

The choir recently named Sharon Lehman, left, as Artistic Director of the organization. Lehman has worked as a choral director for CCHC since 2005 and will continue conducting the Concert Choir, which is comprised of students in grades six to 10. She has also served as an interim director for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. Sharon has a BA in Music Education from Bluffton University and has taught music in both public and private schools across the Midwest. Under her direction the treble choir of CCHC was selected by audition to perform at the Indiana Music Education Association annual conference in 2011. Lehman is currently finishing a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Ball State University, where she has worked as a graduate assistant with all of the university’s choral ensembles.

Ashlyn Brady, center, joined CCHC in 2013 as director of the Treble Choir, which includes students in grades three to five. She holds a BM degree in Music Education from Huntington University and has taught elementary general music for Fort Wayne Community Schools for four years. She also serves as a private voice teacher and is an active performer herself. Brady has been a top 100 finalist on both American Idol and The Voice and has taken first place at several local competitions such as the Bluffton Idol in 2012 and the Fort Wayne Idol in 2013. Brady continues to be an active leader on the worship team at Crossview Church in Grabill and has been a guest soloist for several churches in northwest Indiana.

Denise Gilliland, right, is a former director of the Bach Chorale Children and Youth Choruses in Lafayette and recently retired after thirty three years of teaching music in various locations. Gilliland served as interim director of the Concert Choir in 2014-2015 and will be directing the Joyful Songsters in the fall. The Joyful Songsters is a new choir offered by CCHC for teens and adults with and without disabilities. Denise holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Butler University and is a certified Kodaly music educator. In 2011 she was recognized by the Indiana Music Education Association as “Most Outstanding Elementary Music Educator.”

CCHC will be holding an open rehearsal for the Treble and Concert Choirs on August 24 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University. Students in grades three to eight are invited to attend the rehearsal with no commitment. Following this open rehearsal, auditions will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. for any student interested in joining the Treble or Concert choirs. For more information about these choirs or about auditions please call Sharon Lehman at (260) 359-9990.

CCHC will also be enrolling singers in Joyful Songsters at their first rehearsal on August 10 at 7 p.m. at the Heritage of Huntington. No auditions are required for participation in this choir. For more information about this program please call Denise Gilliland at (765) 652-4800.