Meet Us

Who We Are

We are children and youth who love to sing. We are the parents of children and youth who love to sing. We are artistic professionals, music educators, administrators, board members, donors, grantors and sponsors who are passionate about providing professional-level musical training and diverse performance opportunities for the children of Central Massachusetts in a transformative, growth-oriented, warm, inviting, fun and musically-challenging program of excellence. We are a safe and inclusive community of people enhancing the lives of our community’s children and youth through choral singing.

OUR STORY

The Worcester Children’s Chorus (WCC) was founded in 2008 as a program of The Master Singers of Worcester by co-directors Jennifer Kane and Malcolm Halliday. A partnership was also formed at that time between the WCC and Assumption University making WCC a choir “in residence” at the University campus where WCC enjoys rehearsal and performance spaces as well as other resources.

THE DEBUT PERFORMANCE

The Chorus began as one ensemble with 33 singers, making its debut performance on Sunday, October 19, 2009 during a “Mostly Mozart” program with The Master Singers of Worcester.

A DECADE OF GROWTH

Within two years, the Chorus split into two ensembles with the addition of the Da Capo training choir under the direction of Philip Montgomery and became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In September 2014, Dr. Pamela Mindell succeeded Jennifer Kane as the Artistic Director after two years directing the Tour Chorus. A Decade of Song Gala Concert was held at Mechanic’s Hall in May 2018 celebrating a successful 10 years and looking toward a bright future for the choir.

A PASSION FOR MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The Worcester Children’s Chorus has performed with many area ensembles, including: The Master Singers of Worcester, The Assabet Valley Mastersingers, The Salisbury Singers, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Worcester Youth Orchestra, and the Worcester Chorus. Members of the chorus have also performed on three occasions at Carnegie Hall in NYC, participated in the International Children’s Chorus Festival at Canterbury Cathedral and London, England, as well as the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. In 2016, the WCC was featured at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, where they performed the Star Spangled Banner before tens of thousands.

EDUCATORS & STAFF

“The teachers are experts in their fields and know how to work with children. We are always impressed with the faculty’s ability to elicit enthusiasm and creativity from each group. Hands down, one of the best learning opportunities for our girls.”

DR. Pamela MINDELL

Artistic Director

Philip Montgomery

Associate Director

John F. Delorey

Director, Baritones

Ilana Cady

Accompanist

Chris Wychorski

Program Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board is a devoted group of professionals and parents passionate about growing this choir and community to the best it can be for the children and youth of Central Massachusetts.

Philip Montgomery

President

Chris Wychorski

Vice President

Al Hargrave

Treasurer

Moira Rouse

Secretary

DR. Pamela MINDELL

Member Ex-Officio

DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld

Member at Large

Mary Callahan Gros

Member at Large

Michael Guilfoyle

Member at Large

Sarah Johnson

Member at Large

Jennifer Tallagnon

Member at Large

OUR PARTNERS

ASSUMPTION UNIVERSITY

For Worcester Children’s Chorus, the relationship with Assumption University has provided a stable, centrally located home with the support of campus facilities and staff. Choir members enjoy rehearsals on a safe and beautiful campus and performances in a world-class performance hall. Since WCC’s inception, an Assumption faculty or staff member has sat on our Board lending support, cross-communication and valuable skills and experience. Collaboration has begun between the Assumption University chorus and WCC – bringing youth together with college-age singers offering a rich learning experience and expanded performance opportunities.

PAKACHOAG MUSIC SCHOOL OF GREATER WORCESTER

WCC and Pakachoag Music School “met” at a leadership workshop and quickly decided to form a partnership to lend strength to each organization, share resources and ideas, and expand the musical opportunities offered to the children and youth of Greater Worcester. As “Partners-in-Music” we continue to look for ways to bring diverse opportunities across the two organizations like a 10% reciprocal discount.

ONE WORCESTER

The Organization for Nonprofit Excellence (ONE Worcester) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an eight-year history of providing consulting and coaching to Worcester-area nonprofits free of charge. Formerly Jericho Road Worcester, this organization provides nonprofits with expert consulting in the areas of marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, governance, human resources, and board development. Thanks to ONE Worcester for contributing to the creation of our new website in 2021!

LADYBUGZ INTERCTVE AGENCY

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.

COMMITTEES

Committees are the workhorses of a Board of Directors. It’s where the brainstorming happens, the dreaming happens, the work happens. Currently groups of skilled volunteers comprise the Marketing, WCC Strong, Nominations, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committees. WCC Strong was born out of the adversity of the pandemic to help coordinate a socially distanced end-of-year gathering and has grown into a strong support for the staff to deliver community building events and activities.
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GET INVOLVED

Getting involved with the choir on a personal volunteer level has deepened the enjoyment of the choir community experience for many parents of choristers over the years. Meeting other parents, working together to bring great opportunities to the children and youth, and delivering excellent performance experiences is extremely satisfying for many families. We often hear that the most intensive volunteer experience, chaperoning on a tour, is as positively life-changing for the chaperones as for the singers.

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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

President & Associate Director

Philip Montgomery is the Music Coordinator at 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 the 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

Director

Baritones 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

Vice President & 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.

Al Hargrave

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.

DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld

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-lenght poetry collection, Peculiar Heritage, is forthcoming with Mason Jar Press.

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 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.
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Michael Guilfoyle

In addition to his work for the Worcester Children’s Chorus, Michael is the Executive Director of Communications at Assumption College, having served there since 2013. Prior to his work at Assumption College, Michael served as the Director of Communications and Senior Media Advisor in the United States House of Representatives and in the same capacity for the Diocese of Providence. While in College, he worked with NBC News’ political unit and graduated from St. Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Sarah Johnson

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.

Jennifer Tallagnon

Jennifer joined the WCC board in 2020. She has been actively involved as a volunteer parent since her daughter joined the chorus in 2015.