Janet M. Hostetter is a doctoral student at James Madison University. She received her Master of Music in choral conducting from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Music in music education from Eastern Mennonite University. Her doctoral research focuses on the pedagogical practices of children’s choirs outside of the United States, incorporating on-site visits to observe and interact with these internationally known choirs in their own countries. A passionate educator of the choral art and of future music educators, Janet continues to teach music to every age group from PK-college and beyond. She receives frequent requests to serve as clinician, guest lecturer and honor choir director. She served as repertoire and standards chair for elementary music in the state of Virginia for five years and for eight years provided oversight and direction for a thriving music ministry at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Janet is the proud wife of Eric and mom to three wonderful young adult children.
From 2007-2014, Hostetter directed choirs and Orff classes at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School in Dayton, Va. During her time there, the choral program grew from 10 participants to more than 120, and her choirs received “superior” ratings at district choral assessments. At the middle school, she also helped produce musicals, was successful in fundraising, and hosted both the American Boychoir and the Maryland State Boychoir.
Assistant Director, Explorers I & II Director, Preparatory Choir Director
Joy Anderson, assistant director, holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Richmond, a Master of Music in music education and Level I Orff certification from James Madison University, and Kodály certification from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, including study at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Mrs. Anderson teaches in summer Kodály courses at several universities and is a frequent presenter and guest conductor for music education and choral organizations and school systems. Her writing has appeared in state and national music educators’ journals, and she is a contributing author to Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings published by Oxford University Press. A 32-year veteran music teacher and conductor, Mrs. Anderson also currently teaches and directs K-5 music and high school musicals at Eastern Mennonite School.
Assistant Treble Choir Director/Theory Instructor
Ben Luna, Treble Choir assistant director, music enthusiast, educator, and incorrigible beatboxer, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with his bachelor’s degree in vocal music education. Born in the Dominican Republic, Ben got his start in choir with Jerrilyn MacDanel at Stone Spring Elementary School and recently completed his first year of graduate studies in music education at James Madison University. Currently Ben works full-time as music teacher at Spotswood Elementary School. He is thrilled to be part of SVCC this season as alumnus, former intern, and the new assistant Treble Choir director and music theory instructor.
Explorers I Instructor
Maggie Hagy is a 2015 vocal music education major from James Madison University. Most recently she has been the choir director of John Champe High School in Loudoun County. While in northern VA, she was a member of the chamber choir, the VOCE Singers. Mrs. Hagy has completed Kodály Level I training at JMU and is the music teacher at Keister Elementary School. Mrs. Hagy is extremely excited to be diving back into the music community with SVCC and here in Harrisonburg once again.
Tracey S. Reed, principal pianist, maintains a wide-ranging portfolio of ensemble work with an emphasis on collaboration with choirs, vocalists, and woodwinds. She devotes particular attention to the coaching of students at the collegiate and graduate level in their preparations for performances and recitals. In addition to SVCC, Ms. Reed enjoys serving as pianist for several other choirs, including the Crozet Chorus and the Intergenerational Choir at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. This past year, she was conference collaborator for the Southeast Horn Workshop, the National Association for Teachers of Singing conference, and a festival musician for the Staunton Music Festival. Ms. Reed holds an MM and a BM from James Madison University and her undergraduate work was tailored to focus especially on accompanying and coaching skills.
Preparatory Choir Pianist
Cory Leckrone is a piano teacher, piano accompanist and organist in Harrisonburg City, and has enjoyed accompanying and teaching piano since she was in high school. Cory has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Accompanying/Performance from James Madison University, under the instruction of Dr. Gabriel Dobner. Mrs. Leckrone co-directed and accompanied the Children's Choir of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church for five years, and was the music director/organist for St. Stephen's UCC of Harrisonburg for 7 years. She has completed the Lutheran Church Music Apprenticeship under director Kathy Lundgren of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, VA. Cory truly enjoys accompanying of all sorts including soloists, and church/school choirs, and teaching piano to all ages ranging from kindergarten through adult. She and her husband, Andrew, reside in Park View and have three children, Annelie, Stephen and Greta.
Erin Weldon, a native of the Shenandoah Valley, joined SVCC in 2016 as a volunteer parent assistant for the Preparatory Choir. While volunteering her time with the choir, Erin gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the professionalism, artistry, and musical instruction provided by SVCC. In 2017 she eagerly accepted the position of Choir Manager. Mrs. Weldon brings over twelve years of managerial experience including working at Atwell Family Chiropractic, Bridgewater Family Dentistry, and ABC staffing. Over the last five years, Erin has successfully run her own cake business while handling the responsibilities of a stay-at-home mother. Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, church family and friends.
Kris Shank Zehr
Explorers Liaison, Music Librarian, Trip Planner
Kris Shank Zehr has worked for SVCC since 2010, when she began assisting instructor Joy Anderson with administrative duties for the Explorer classes. She also manages SVCC’s music library and produces the concert program book each semester.
A piano performance graduate of EMU’s music program, Kris is in her fourteenth year as a recital accompanist with EMU’s Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program. Kris enjoys singing with her family, with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Chorus, and with JMU’s Valley Collegium Musicum. She is delighted to have two music-loving children, one of whom is currently in SVCC’s Concert Choir, and the other an alum who is now interning with SVCC. Other interests include cooking with local seasonal foods, ushering with her family at Blackfriars Playhouse, and tending her gardens of flowers and herbs.
Director of Support Services
Ethan Zook, a volunteer with SVCC, has been working with the choir since 1996. Zook supports all aspects of SVCC’s operations including concerts, rehearsals, trips, development and the SVCC Board. The choir community is deeply grateful to Mr. Zook for his many years of faithful service.