Dr. 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.
Philip Montgomery, Associate Director
Philip Montgomery is the Arts Department Chairman of the Fay School in Southborough, MA, an independent school for students in Kindergarten through Grade Nine. He holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from The Boston Conservatory where he 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. Additionally, Mr. Montgomery is a faculty member of the Kodály Music Institute, and has been a choir director and solfege teacher for Institute’s summer programs. Philip now serves on the national board of OAKE (The Organization of American Kodály Educators) as Eastern Division I Representative.
John F. Delorey is a conductor, composer, performer, teacher and is thrilled to be working with the Worcester Children’s Chorus. Delorey holds a BA in Music History from Vassar College, an MM in Choral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory, and is finishing his PhD in Music Education at UMass Amherst. When not with the Baritones, Delorey teaches music at Doherty Memorial High School and is the Artistic Director of Worcester’s newest chorus – Vox Omnis.
Ilana Cady, Accompanist
Ilana graduated with a Master’s of Music in piano performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College; May 2017, under the direction of Leslie Amper. During her time at Longy she has performed at Pickman Hall, Sanders Theater at Harvard University, and the Dante Allegheri Society in Cambridge. She has collaborated with Longy’s Side by Side El Sistema program and the Boston Cello quartet. Being involved with Longy’s chamber program, Ilana has had the privilege to work extensively with Robert Merfeld.
She has performed solo and chamber works for the master classes of Peter Serkin, Frank Levy, Denis Kozhukhin, Wayman Chin, Randall Hodgkinson, Roland and Almita Vamos, Ming Feng Hsin and Wen Qian, Jennifer Koh, and Dylana Jenson.
Recently Ilana has joined flutist Maria Gabriela Alvarado, in presenting “Of Water and Clouds” a concert designed to highlight women composers and bring awareness to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. They have performed this concert in the New England area, and have been invited to perform in the Civic Morning Musical concert series in Syracuse, NY, as well as the Women in Music conference at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.
Ilana has been a faculty member of the Joy of Music Program in Worcester since 2017 and is a dance division pianist at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Boston Ballet School. She also works as the collaborative pianist of the Worcester Children’s Chorus and South Lancaster Academy’s Il Voce, the select traveling choir, with whom she will be going on tour to Portugal in the spring and have the privilege to work with John Rutter as a rehearsal accompanist for the festival.
When not at the piano you can find Ms. Cady out walking her beagle, Ivy Ives or in the garden cultivating her favorite flower, Dahlias.
Chris Wychorski, Program Manager
Chris Wychorski serves as both Vice President of the Board as well as Program Manager for WCC. Her daughter Vivienne sang with the chorus for 7 years before graduating high school.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has over 20 years experience working in the non-profit sector. Since July 2019, Chris has also begun working concurrently for the Pakachoag Music School and hopes to strengthen the bond between the two Partners-in-Music.