Headwaters, through a generous grant from the Claudia Mitchell Fund at RAAC, will be hosting a Summer Chorus, to be held at Rappahannock County Elementary School, Monday through Thursday afternoons from June 19th to June 29th. The Chorus will meet from 12:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fee for the two-week chorus is $50 per student, with plenty of scholarship assistance being offered so that all interested youth may participate.
We are excited about the guest musicians who will be joining us for what we hope will become a summer tradition here in Rappahannock County. Here are two of the talented people who will be joining us for two weeks of music and fun:
Keith Hudspeth joins us as an associate music director. Keith is a general and choral music educator at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where he currently teaches lower and middle school general music and directs the lower and middle school choruses. In 2007, he completed his Orff Schulwerk Certification at George Mason University and then worked with Steven Calantropio the following summer in a Level IV Master Class. Keith is a vocal specialist, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Voice and K-12 Teacher Certification from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Rice University. Additionally, he was a member of various American operatic young artist programs and sang professionally for regional companies before turning his focus toward music education. In 2009, Keith taught one of the supplemental courses at George Mason with a focus on choral programming and performing and presented a middle school reading session at the 2016 ACDA Voices United.
Wendy Anderson Aichele, associate music director and accompanist, grew up in Pittsburgh’s North Hills and graduated in 1971 from Winchester-Thurston School (Pittsburgh, PA). Among the first undergraduate women to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, she majored in music and graduated with honors in 1974. While in graduate school at UVa, she served as the organist at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Owensville, VA as well as the upper school glee club director and the lower and middle school music teacher at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville. She completed her Master’s degree in music theory at the University in 1977.
After taking several years off to devote her full attention to two young daughters, Aichele went back to school to obtain her Pennsylvania State Teachers Certificate in secondary science, attending Juniata College from 1989-1991 and student teaching at Mt. Union High School in Mt. Union, PA.
From 1991-2006, Aichele taught at the Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA, accompanied the Linden Hall choir, and served as a senior hall dorm parent at the school. In 2001 she became the resident director of the school’s middle school residential life program and later served in residential life capacities at Lee Academy in Lee, ME and the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA.
In addition to her accomplishments as a high school teacher and “dorm mom,” Aichele has served numerous churches and musical organizations as pianist, organist, accompanist, and choir director. Since June, 2013 she has served as Minister of Music at Washington Baptist Church in Washington, VA.
More information about the Summer Chorus will follow…please check back to this section often.
If you would like to register to participate, please complete a brief information form here. We will contact you and provide you with further information.
We hope to see you at the 2017 Summer Chorus!