A Letter from the Director

“Mrs. Riley, after teaching for nearly 20 years, how exciting can it be?” 

I am so glad you asked! It’s exciting coming back together and reestablishing our choir family with incoming freshman and new senior leadership. I love beginnings – they are full of hope and potential! I love the excitement of collaboration and the charge in the air as music comes together. I love the elatedness following a concert, and students sharing all about it the next day in class. I love being in my office and hearing students sitting around the table, sharing unguarded, or laughing, singing, and dreaming of their tomorrows. 

Choir is all about togetherness, and I could not be more excited to introduce two new staff members joining the team. A recent graduate from Mt. Union and Massillon alumnus extraordinaire Nathaniel Teall, who returns as Assistant Choral Director. Mrs. Ashley Fraley, who taught at Springfield School District for 10 years, and will be teaching with Miss Sullivan at MJHS. Mrs. Fraley, was called a “motivational and inspirational leader” in the South Side News Leader. Returning to vocal coach this year is Mr. Donze and Mrs. Hock. We love them!

Join with us! We are looking forward to our performing year, from our Pasta for Patrons concert, to our 78th Messiah/Christmas Spectacular and all the adjudicated events. Alumni, we long to have your leadership and choir connection at Messiah, as you are an integral part of this performance and our program. This tradition makes our year truly special! Last year’s performance was a tremendous success with nearly 500 community members in attendance. Be sure to register by Friday, November 18th. Add our google calendar to your calendar! I look forward to seeing you in the rehearsal and on stage!

Chorally yours,

Kerri Riley