Ensemble Directors

Fox Valley Youth ChoRUS

Enriching lives THROUGH VOICE AND SONG

Holly Schmidt is delighted to be the director of Cantabile Singers, the newest ensemble in the Fox Valley Youth Chorus. Holly is the choral director at Waubonsee Community College, where she directs the Chorale and the Chamber Choir. This is her tenth year teaching voice and various other music courses at Waubonsee. She conducted the combined piece for the American Choral Director’s Association Two-Year College Festival at Harper College two years ago. Before teaching at Waubonsee, Holly taught middle school and high school choir in Plainfield, Il and North Stonington, Ct. She also teaches voice and piano lessons from her home in Aurora. Holly sings with the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus, Fox Valley Chamber Singers, and recently sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Beloit College Choirs and the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Tomaro. She also sang in the Westerly Chorus in Westerly, RI under the direction of George Kent for two years and had the pleasure of working with Sir David Wilcocks at Camp Ogontz (a summer music camp associated with the Westerly Chorus). One of the highlights of her musical career was singing Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” under the direction of the renowned German conductor Helmuth Rilling at the Valparaiso University chapel. Holly has a Masters in Music from Northern Illinois University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University in River Forest, and a Bachelors of Music from Valparaiso University. She resides in Aurora with her husband, son and daughter.

Patricia Doctor, director of the Youth Singers, was born in Peru Illinois and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Education at Bradley University in Peoria moved to Aurora, Illinois to begin and raise her family.  Joining the West Aurora School District 129 team in 1996 she taught music at several different elementary schools eventually settling in as the music teacher at Freeman Elementary from 1998 thru 2018.  While teaching at Freeman she continued her education and completed her Masters of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

 

A Junior Choir director at various Catholic churches throughout Aurora, she currently enjoys that duty at Annunciation BVM parish here in Aurora. She frequently lends her voice to be a cantor, and is a professional soloist for weddings, funerals, and memorial celebrations all over the area.

 

A longtime participant both on stage and behind the scenes with dozens of musical theatre productions, she has a real passion for musical performance. She has portrayed Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty's Princess Aurora, and numerous other roles for the Aurora Junior Women's Club. Also, she played the Mother Superior role in Wheaton Drama's Nunsense. 

 

In addition, she was a member of David Haas's Schola for his tour of the Holy Land. She performed with choirs at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and in Italy - at the Vatican in Rome, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.  Locally she participates in the semi-annual Voices-of-Hope concerts at Wentz Hall in Naperville in honor of people whose lives have been alterd by cancer.

 

While at Freeman she directed 8-10 musical productions every year with costumes, props, instruments, backgrounds and staging of all of the students.  She is excited to bring her experience and this type of performance opportunity to FVYC.

Patricia Doctor

Director

Why I am passionate about Music Education:

Children can have glorious amounts of fun if they learn to listen, pay attention, follow directions, and participate with their whole being. I love being able to give them these opportunities. 

 

It is also my belief that children can accomplish fabulous tasks if they are held to high expectaions.  Self-esteem is increased exponentially when children succeed.  I love the smiles of success on the faces of my students.

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