Al Hargrave, Treasurer
Philip Montgomery, President
Philip Montgomery is the Arts Department Chairman of the Fay School in Southborough, MA, an independent school for students in Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Nine. He holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie and was awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda. He holds an additional Masters Degree in Music Education, with Kodály emphasis, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mr. Montgomery is a certified instructor in both the Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály methodologies of music education. He also attended the 25th and 26th International Kodály Seminars at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. He completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the “Creating Artistry Choral Conductors Workshop” with Henry Leck, founder and director of the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus. Mr. Montgomery has served as Assistant Organist at All Saints Church, Worcester, MA and as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark’s Church, Episcopal, in Southborough, MA.
He is currently Associate Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus where he conducts the “Da Capo” and “Young Artists” choirs. He also teaches the “Young Singers Class,” a Kodály-based program for children in Grades 1 – 3. Additionally, Mr. Montgomery is a faculty member of the Kodály Music Institute at Anna Maria College where he has been the summer choir director for Institute’s “Vocal Vacation” program. Philip now serves on the national board of OAKE (The Organization of American Kodály Educators) as Eastern Division I Representative.
Chris Wychorski, Vice President
Chris Wychorski joined the WCC Board in 2016 and was elected Vice President in 2017. Chris’s daughter Vivienne has been a member of the choir for almost 5 years and continues to love every minute of it.
Chris is also working part-time as WCC’s Program Manager. Her time is spent implementing and coordinating tasks that lead to the future growth & development of our choir programs, the Board, the choir membership and the WCC community.
Valerie Becker, Secretary
Valerie J. Becker is an active soloist and collaborative pianist in the Boston area. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Boston University where she was a student of Anthony di Bonaventura. Ms. Becker has been soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony where she worked as collaborative pianist with many Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians, served on the faculty of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and was one of the rehearsal pianists for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years. She is currently on the Performing Arts Faculty at the Winsor School in Boston, a faculty accompanist at The Rivers School Conservatory, Music Director for the Congregational Church of Needham, pianist for the Kodaly Institute of Boston’s summer program and on staff as an accompanist at New England Conservatory.
Pamela Mindell, Artistic Director
Pamela Mindell has worked with a number of children’s choirs, including the Litchfield County Children’s Choir in CT and the Paradise City Children’s Choir, in Northampton, MA, which she founded in 2001.
In addition to her work with WCC, Pamela is also Music Director of the Cambridge Community Chorus. She has served on the faculties of Smith College, Clark University, and College of the Holy Cross. Under her direction, the Holy Cross choirs traveled to Italy and Spain, as well as throughout the Northeastern United States, singing in such venues as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Other performance highlights include a concert of Sacred Latin American music with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Pasion segun San Marco, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Pamela served as Artistic Director of the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber Program (CT) for high school singers for ten years.
Prior to her college teaching, Pamela spent a year in Sydney, Australia, conducting and singing professionally. As a soprano, Pamela has performed in several recitals with mezzo-soprano Justina Golden. She has sung with The Boston Secession and Emmanuel Music in Boston. Pamela received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Yale University, where she studied with Marguerite Brooks and David Connell. She holds a master’s degree in Music Education with Kodàly Certification from The Hartt School as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University.
Daniel DiTullio currently serves as a member of the Worcester Children’s Chorus’s board of directors.
Daniel, a 2001 graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, currently serves as Executive Assistant for Government & Community Relations at Assumption College. Daniel also belongs to the Clinton Exchange Club, Lodge of Elks and the Ancient order of Hibernians. Daniel is also an active member of the St. John’s the Guardian of Our Lady Parish and also serves as a director of Clinton Hospital Foundation.
Daniel has had extensive experience in both government and community relations, having served for more than five years in the office of Massachusetts State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr., D-Clinton. During his time with Rep. Naughton Jr.’s office, Daniel eventually became Rep. Naughton’s chief of staff and was responsible for overseeing constituent and legislative matters concerning the 12th Worcester District during the lawmaker’s 2006-2007 overseas deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve. Daniel has also served as a government sales and marketing representative for Waste Management Inc., a Fortune 200 corporation where he oversaw government contracts in central and western Massachusetts and represented the company’s interest before government agencies, communities and private companies.
Michael Guilfoyle serves as a member of the Worcester Children’s Chorus’s board of directors.
In addition to his work for the Worcester Children’s Chorus, Michael is the Executive Director of Communications at Assumption College, having served their since 2013. Prior to his work at Assumption College, Michael began his career after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Saint Anselm College and went on to serve as the Director of Communications in the United States House of Representatives. Michael has also previously served as the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Providence as well as a Director of Communications for campaigns for the United States Senate.