Janet Hostetter, artistic/executive director for SVCC since 2014, is a doctoral candidate at James Madison University. She received her Master of Music degree in choral conducting from JMU and her Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Eastern Mennonite University. She is Level II Orff certified and regularly participates in choir and Orff conferences and workshops. She has taught and directed music to every age group from PreK through the university level and is sought after as a clinician, guest lecturer and honor choir director. From 2009-2013, Janet served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for elementary music in the state of Virginia. During that time she had the privilege of working on-site with nationally recognized children’s choir directors at George Mason University. For eight years, Janet provided oversight and direction for a thriving music ministry at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church where part of her duties included directing the adult choir and one children’s choir.
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 three 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 is the assistant director of the acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir in Harrisonburg, Va., where she directs the organization’s Preparatory Choir, teaches the “Explorers” early elementary classes, and teaches music reading, theory, and aural skills to all choristers in kindergarten through 12th grade. She holds a bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Richmond, Va., a master of music in music education and Level I Orff certification from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and Kodály certification (levels I-III) from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her level III instruction through Capital University was at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.
A frequent guest conductor and clinician for local and regional school systems and music educator organizations, Mrs. Anderson has also presented at the national conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and taught pedagogy courses at James Madison University, the University of New Mexico, and Midwestern State University in Witchita Falls, Texas. Her writing has appeared in state and national music educators’ journals and websites. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Organization of American Kodály Educators and has served as president of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators. Mrs. Anderson works on the staff of the James Madison University Children’s Choral Camps as well as co-coordinating JMU’s Kodály teacher education courses.
A 27-year veteran music teacher and conductor, Mrs. Anderson has worked with children from infancy through high school in public and private, rural, suburban, and urban schools throughout Virginia, including Norfolk, the Richmond area, and the Shenandoah Valley.
Assistant Treble Choir Director/Theory Instructor
Ben Luna, music enthusiast, educator, and incorrigible beatboxer, is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, with his Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education. Born in the Dominican Republic, Ben got his start in choir with Jerrilyn MacDanel at Stone Spring Elementary School and culminated his most recent chapter at JMU with the completion of his first year of graduate studies in Music Education. Currently Ben works as the full-time music teacher at Spotswood Elementary School. Ben anticipates an exciting season with SVCC as alumnus, former intern, and now as assistant Treble Choir 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.
Pianist Tracey S. Reed enjoys focusing her active performing schedule in the areas of ensemble work and coaching of instrumentalists and vocalists, chamber music, and solo performance. Twice the winner of the competitive concerto competition at James Madison University, Ms. Reed has enjoyed multiple performances with both the JMU Symphony Orchestra and JMU Wind Symphony as soloist. Recent engagements include pianist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, recitalist with Peabody horn faculty Shawn Hagen, and founding member with both the Friendly City Chamber Players and the Crozet Community Chorus for their inaugural seasons. Away from the piano, she still enjoys working with her hands by growing as many fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs as her yard will allow.
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.
Originally from Minnesota, Lorraine Campbell has served several years in the non-profit community both professionally and as a volunteer. As Development Director for Baltimore Christian School, she was responsible for raising the funds to support BCS in filling a need in the often under-served community of the inner city of Baltimore, MD. Later she worked for the American Heart Association as Director of Corporate Relations, raising $1 million annually through the Baltimore and Howard County Heart Balls. Passionate about helping the under-served community, Lorraine has also volunteered for programs and organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Valley Outreach, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Campbell is active in her local church, Emmanuel Church of the Brethren, and currently serves as chorister, leading the congregation in music for their weekly worship services. Lorraine has also been selected as a delegate to the Church of the Brethren District Conference in fall 2017.
On August 1, 2017, Lorraine began her position as program manager for the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir with responsibility for community awareness through programs, trips, fundraisers and other initiatives of SVCC. Lorraine lives in Staunton, Virginia, and is the proud parent of two grown children, son, Allan, who lives in Minnesota and daughter, Ashley, who lives with her husband, Joseph and their 6 children in Bridgewater, Virginia.
Kris Shank Zehr
Explorers Liaison, Music Librarian
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.