Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Interim Music Director
Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy serves as director of choral activities at James Madison University (JMU), leading the Madison Singers, the JMU Chorale and the University Women’s Chorus. Her academic responsibilities include graduate thesis supervision, undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, high school choral methods, graduate choral literature and student teacher supervision. Van der Vat-Chromy is succeeding founder and first artistic director Julia White, who stepped down in August 2012 after 20 years in the lead.
Formerly on the music staff of The International School of Brussels, Belgium, Van der Vat-Chromy served as the vocal music director at the American School of The Hague (ASH), in the Netherlands. Her work at ASH included directing six choirs and co-directing two concert bands, teaching rock music history, musical theater and directing the ASH Community Choir. In addition to her doctoral degree in music education and choral conducting from Florida State University, van der Vat-Chromy holds a MM in horn performance from Bowling Green State University, a BA in music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a teaching certification from the University of Michigan.
Interim Executive Director
Ethan Zook, a volunteer with SVCC, has been appointed to interim executive director, currently unpaid. The goals of the executive director will include initiation of strategic planning in collaboration with the Fairfield Center, the formation of an executive board to ensure financial support of SVCC, and facilitation of a strategic plan for subsequent years.
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.
Maurita began her musical studies at the Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini in Palermo, Italy, at the age of ten. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music/piano at Moody Bible Institute in 1995 and Masters in piano performance and accompanying at James Madison University in 1998. She has worked extensively as a free-lance accompanist, playing for student recitals and opera/musical productions at JMU, EMU, Bridgewater College, and the Valley Playhouse. She has accompanied at Harrisonburg High School, VOKE-sponsored summer children’s choral camps at JMU, and has recorded with the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir on numerous CDs. In 1999 Maurita returned to Italy to help develop a School of Music among the Mennonite Churches. There she taught piano, music theory, and solfege, started and directed children’s and adult choirs, and coached vocal students from the Conservatory. Since then she has returned for several months to hold music/choral workshops with children. She worked as a vocal coach at Palermo’s Opera Laboratorio and performed at the Municipio di Palermo and at the Conservatory. She has been soloist with the Georgetown University Orchestra and vocal accompanist for the Friday Morning Music Club, Washington, D.C. Maurita is currently teaching private piano lessons and doing freelance piano accompanying.
Yvette joined SVCC in spring 2007. She brings over 15 years of professional experience, from working as an office manager for a high-technology firm in Boston, Mass., to her work in the non-profit sector. Her non-profit experience in human services includes managing the contracting and program monitoring of federal grants for Community Development Block Grants and Summer Youth Employment and Training Programs. She has also worked for Boston’s largest non-profit group overseeing the administration of the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program. Yvette is married and has two children.