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.
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.
Preparatory Choir Pianist
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.
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.
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 the following year obtained her current position as development director. 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 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.