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Monday May 23, 2016 at 8:02am Age: 3 yrs
Category: Middle School


Any other time, she might be found on stage at Carnegie Hall, but on May 16, 17 and 19, classical soprano Eileen Mackintosh staged a series of invigorating choral workshops for Minisink Valley Middle School chorus students in grades 6-8.


Following their lesson with Mrs. Mackintosh, a group of 8th graders shared the glee and invigoration they drew from the experience. 


“Mrs. Mackintosh brings a new perspective that helps me feel the music in different ways and find new meaning in singing,” Brendan said.


“Mrs. Mackintosh is very nice, and it’s a cool change of pace to learn from someone with a different style of instruction,” Elizabeth added.


The visiting teacher program was made possible through a grant from the Orange County Music Educators Association. Mr. Bradley submitted the funding proposal in December of 2015, just before rehearsals for the spring concert began. When the grant was approved in February, Mrs. Mackintosh began studying all the musical selections for the middle school chorus concert in order to help students enhance their performance with her perspective and coaching. 


“This was a great opportunity. Mrs. Mackintosh knows so much, and she made it fun to learn,” said Natalie, a 6th grader.


“This is my first time in chorus and it was very exciting to learn new things, like new warm ups. It really helped all of us,” said Melanie, an 8th grader.  


Mrs. Mackintosh’s teaching experience includes ten years as vocal music teacher for the Enlarged City School District of Middletown. A lifelong multi-faceted musician from a musical family, she has performed and conducted at Carnegie Hall and is a frequent soloist in local opera performances. She is currently the chorus director for the Delaware Valley Opera Company, and she has directed high school and elementary choruses at All-County Festivals.


“Some students are now considering private voice lessons and expressing a greater dedication to the chorus program.  We feel very fortunate for the generous funding from the Orange County Music Educators Association that made these workshops possible,” Mr. Bradley said.