Janet Hostetter joins the choir in August 2014 as music director. Hostetter is a 1987 graduate of EMU’s music program. Hostetter earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from James Madison University. In the spring of 2008, she served as SVCC guest director during founding director Julia White’s sabbatical.
Hostetter directs choirs and Orff classes at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School in Dayton, Va. During her seven years at the school, the choral program has grown from 10 participants to more than 120, and her choirs have received “superior” ratings at district choral assessments. At the middle school, she has also helped produce three musicals, been successful in fundraising, and hosted the American Boychoir and the Maryland State Boychoir.
During her career, Hostetter has directed choirs and ensembles and taught music from the pre-K to the university level. She also supervises practicum students and student teachers at James Madison University’s School of Music. Learn more about Janet Hostetter
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.
About the choir and music director
Julia J. White, founder and artistic director of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC), stepped down from her role with the choir in August 2012 after two decades of musical excellence. EMU leadership thanks Ms. White for the vision, dedication, leadership and excellence she brought to the SVCC, and the EMU community wishes Ms. White well in her professional pursuits going forward. Special thanks goes out to Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music education at James Madison University, who served as interim music director of SVCC from 2012 until 2014, when Janet Hostetter was named music director.