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Music Department

University Children’s Choir

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S CHOIR?

An opportunity for local 4th – 8th grade students to participate in music enrichment, mentored by NNU faculty and staff.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Local 4th – 8th grade students.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$150 per child for the fall term* (discount offered for parents with multiple children participating). A performance T-shirt is included in the fee. ($200 for 2 children, 3 children $300, etc.)

$150 per child for the spring term* (discount offered for parents with multiple children participating). A performance T-shirt is included in the fee. ( $200 for 2 children, 3 children $300, etc.)

* Scholarships available
WHEN AND WHERE WILL REHEARSALS BE?

Rehearsals are held in NNU’s choir room and/or the Little Theatre one evening a week on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Fall rehearsals are scheduled for: 
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3
December 6 (evening rehearsal for NNU Noel concert)

WHEN IS THE FINAL PERFORMANCE?

Fall Semester:

December 7 (NNU Noel concert, call time 6)

December 8 (NNU Noel concert call time 2:30)

December 9 (dress rehearsal for UCC concert in Brandt lobby 5:30-6:45)

December 10 UCC concert in Brandt lobby 6:00 p.m., call time 5:15

WHO WILL BE DIRECTING THE UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S CHOIR?
Shirley Van Paepeghem, Director

Shirley Van Paepeghem received her BA in Music Education from Boise State University and her master’s degree in Integrating the Arts in Curriculum through Lesley University. Her teaching experience includes secondary choral music, K-8 general music and private voice. Her area of teaching expertise is the young voice through adolescence. Mrs. Van Paepeghem is a Level Two certified Orff Music Instructor. She has been a guest presenter at both state and national education conferences and performs regularly as a jazz vocalist at the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival and Disneyland. She has served as the Idaho President of the Orff Schulwerk Association for music educators and the Elementary Repertoire and Standards Chair for the state chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe). She currently serves on the State Board of the Idaho Jazz Education Endowment. During the summers, Mrs. Van Paepeghem has taught choral music at the Young Musicians & Artists’ camp at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Soundsation Jazz Camp at Edmonds Community College and the Treasure Valley Vocal Jazz Camp in Boise, Idaho. Mrs. Van Paepeghem recently retired from her position as the lead arts teacher at North Star Charter School after 39 years of public and private music education.

Glenda Bernhardt, Asst. Director

Glenda Bernhardt has been privileged to be involved with music education in the public schools for over thirty years. She has worked with students at all levels as a secondary choral director and an elementary music specialist. She received her BA in Music Education and Applied Music from Northwest Nazarene University and her M.Ed. in Integrating Arts in Curriculum from Lesley University. Mrs.Bernhardt began the choral program at Carmel Middle School and Carmel High School in Carmel, California where her choral ensembles developed a strong reputation at the local and state level. She was named the 2007 Central Coast Section California Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator of the Year and was honored to receive the Lilburn Wesche Excellence in Education Award in 2009 from Northwest Nazarene University. Mrs. Bernhardt recently retired from her position as choral director at Sage Valley Middle School where she was named the 2022 Teacher of the Year. She looks forward to continuing to make beautiful music with the University Children’s Choir.

HOW DO I REGISTER SOMEONE TO BE A PART OF THE UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S CHOIR?