Ladybugz Interactive Agency is a funky co-op of Boston-based web designers and digital marketers. Our journey began in 2020 with the rebrand of the Worcester Children’s Chorus with Morgatize, Inc. Our new color palette, logos, and fresh, modern look are the result of a joyful work relationship with Morgan Kropa. She invited us to work with Ladybugz Interactive Agency for our next big project – to create a new, vibrant, customer-friendly website that reflected our new brand. Thank you to Morgan, Frank Pereira, our web designer, and the whole team at Ladybugz Interactive for giving so much time, heart and soul to this project.
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.
Olga Berkovich is a Russian-American pianist, piano teacher, composer, organist, and musicologist. She is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, holding degrees in piano and composition. Berkovich obtained a Ph.D. in pedagogy with her thesis on teaching composition to future music educators. While still a student, Dr. Berkovich received the gold medal at the 1996 All-Russian Composer Competition. Her instrumental and vocal compositions have been performed on stages worldwide. She collaborated with the Astra Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Orchestra in South Korea as a composer and arranger.
Dr. Berkovich is an avid writer and has authored several publications in music theory and education. Her book Methods of Teaching Composition and Improvisation has been published in Russia and Germany and serves as a reputable source for music composition teachers. In addition, collections of musical compositions were published in New York.
President & Managing Director
Isabella Gentleman directs music programming and teaches Music, Diversity and Social Justice, and English at Eagle Hill School, a private boarding school for diverse learners in grades 8-12. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Choral Conducting and Church Music from St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Research from the University of Glasgow, specializing in inclusive educational policy and curriculum development.
During her time at St. Olaf, Isabella sang with the St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong, for which she served as soprano section leader and toured around the United States and Norway. Isabella was also Assistant Conductor of Manitou Singers, under Dr. Therees Hibbard. From 2019-2021, Isabella served as Music Administrator at All Saints Church, where she grew up singing and found her love of music. Isabella is the music director for Eagle Hill Theater productions and supervises Eagle Hill’s series of student-run Open Mics for student performances of the fine arts, now in its second year.
Isabella’s time in the rehearsal space and classroom, both as a student and now a teacher, has led to her passion for creating relevant, inclusive, and accessible music curricula that will provide opportunities for people of all abilities to make music together.
Susie Cabral serves as a board member and Chair of the Marketing Committee for WCC. Her daughter Katia has been singing with the chorus for over five years.
Susie works in technology marketing and owns her own consulting practice. Seen as a savvy Silicon Valley marketing leader with 15-year proven track record of delivering inventive marketing, creating high performing teams and consistently achieving results. Susie is involved in many local events and charities organizations. Passionate about advocacy for child causes as well as with dachshund rescues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, International Business and Marketing from the University of San Francisco.
Robert G. Carson, MSHRM is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at Assumption University in Worcester, MA where he provides strategic leadership and operational management on all human resources and workplace initiatives in concert with the institution’s strategic plan, mission, and culture. His duties included talent acquisition, professional development for staff, succession planning, performance management, benefits, compensation, labor relations, policy development, and human resources information systems management. Robert also serves as Director of Music and Organist at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church here in Worcester, MA, where he leads the music ministry of the parish.
Robert, who speaks English and Spanish, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Scranton. He is an AIRS-Certified Diversity Recruiter and Professional Certified Recruiter currently pursuing certification as a Senior Professional Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Professional memberships held by Robert include The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), College and University Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), and a Board Member of the Human Resources Management Association of Central Massachusetts (HRMA).
DeMisty D. Bellinger-Delfeld has an MFA in creative writing from Southampton College and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska. She teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State University and serves as first violinist in the Fitchburg State University Community Orchestra. She serves as poetry editor at Porcupine Literary and Malarkey Books. DeMisty is also a writer whose work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best Small Fictions: 2019. Her chapbook of poems Rubbing Elbows is now available and her full-length poetry collection, Peculiar Heritage, is forthcoming with Mason Jar Press.
Mary is passionate about the arts and education. A graduate of Framingham State and Boston College, Mary spent two decades as an educator in 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.
Chris is a Partner at Strategic Benefit Advisors, an employee benefits consulting firm based on Southborough, MA. He resides in Northborough with his wife Cindy and four children, who all enjoy making music in its many forms.
Chris grew up in a musical family and received instruction in classical piano and organ throughout his childhood years and in college. His father was an accomplished violinist and choir singer, his mother an organist.
Hernando is a tech leader with 25+ years of experience in the software industry, skilled in product management, design, and software development. He earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
Hernando’s daughter has been with WCC for 5 years. He shares with her a deep love for music and especially for singing. His goal with WCC is to promote and help the organization serve its purpose of educating and promoting music to the children of our community.