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.
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
A native of the Shenandoah Valley and the son of a choir director, Joshua fell in love with choral music as a member of the touring choir at Eastern Mennonite High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from James Madison University, where he studied piano performance and worked as a student accompanist for many vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. In 2006, he moved to Austin Texas, earning a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin. During his time at Texas, he served five years as Assistant Instructor for group piano and piano pedagogy, teaching class piano and private lessons for the university. He also worked as piano instructor at Orpheus Academy of Music, instructor of piano and vocal repertoire at Texas Lutheran University, and director of music at Christ the King Church, where he was creative director of Red River Hymnal. His teachers include Dr. Eric Ruple, Dr. Gabriel Dobner, and Prof. Gregory Allen. Joshua now lives in Harrisonburg, and teaches piano lessons full time.
Caitlin Morneau is pleased to join the staff of SVCC as Choir Manager in the fall of 2016! She is a musician by training, administrator by trade and peacemaker in formation. Growing up, Caitlin was an active member of school, church and community performing ensembles to include choir, theater, band and dance. Caitlin received a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 and then completed a year of AmeriCorps service in Baltimore. She has spent the last five years supporting DC area nonprofits through direct service and administrative work. In addition to serving as Choir Manager, Caitlin is pursuing an MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She believes that music and the arts are critical tools for helping us understand ourselves, each other and the world. When she is not working or studying, Caitlin enjoys hiking with her husband, gathering around great food with loved ones and cuddling with her dog, Sydney.
Bethany Hicks joined SVCC in 2011 serving as a parent assistant volunteer for both Treble and Preparatory choirs. In 2014, she joined the staff as an administrative assistant and later assumed a development role. In the fall of 2016, Bethany’s official title changed to “Program Manager” in an effort to accurately describe the multiple ways she produces community awareness through the programs, trips, fundraisers and other initiatives of SVCC. Bethany holds a Master of Education in school counseling from Georgia State University and has served in leadership positions both as an interim principal and as women’s ministry coordinator at Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Elkton. Along with rearing and homeschooling three children, Bethany enjoys educating women, leading women’s retreats and teaching Bible studies for 13 years.
Kris Shank Zehr
Explorers Liaison, Music Librarian
Kris has worked for SVCC since 2010, when she began assisting instructor Joy Anderson with administrative duties for both Explorer classes. She also manages the music library for the choir and helps with a variety of office tasks. Kris is a graduate of EMU’s music program, and has performed for more than twelve years as a recital accompanist for EMU’s Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program. Kris enjoys singing with her family, at church, with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Chorus, and with JMU’s Valley Collegium Musicum. She is delighted that her two daughters love singing in SVCC’s Concert Choir.
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.