DeMisty D. Bellinger
Philip Montgomery, President
Philip Montgomery has been a faculty member of the Fay School for more than 25 years. Fay School is 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 was awarded membership in the honors society of 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 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 at Anna Maria College where he has been the summer choir director and solfege teacher for Institute’s summer programs. Philip also 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.
Al Hargrave, Jr., Treasurer
Al Hargrave is a CPA and Financial Adviser with McCarthy, Hargrave and Co. located in Northborough, MA and Stafford Springs, CT. He holds a BS in Economics from Brown University and has been working with non-profit organizations for over 20 years. Al has been the Treasurer of WCC for the past 4 years
Moira Rouse, Secretary
Moira Rouse joined the WCC Board in 2017. She has two children who have sung with WCC for a combined total of twelve years, and the oldest of whom continues with the Baritone Chorus and loves singing. Moira sings with the Master Singers of Worcester and served on their board for many years, including the formative years of WCC before its independence. She holds a both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Clark University. SE has worked for a nonprofit serving towns and cities since 2015.
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.
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.
Mary Callahan Gros
Mary is passionate about the arts and education. A graduate of Framingham State and Boston College, Mary spent two decades as an educator in the Watertown, Mass. Public School System as well as Lesley University. As a parent of three children in the Westborough school system, Mary is involved in school and cultural programs.
Jennifer joined the WCC board in 2020. She has been actively involved as a volunteer parent since her daughter joined the chorus in 2015.
Sarah Johnson is pleased to have joined the WCC board in 2020. Her daughter, Sammy, has been a member since 2014 and together they have traveled to New Orleans, New York City, and Canada with the WCC. Sarah was very involved in instrumental music all the way up through college herself and is happy to support her children’s love of music now. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology from Boston College as well as a Master’s of Elementary Education from Simmons College. She has been teaching second grade in Westborough, MA since 1997.