NJCS FESTIVAL YOUTH CHORUS
Noelle Dachis, Director, has been working with young singers for over 15 years in various choral programs in New York and New Jersey, including Waldwick Jr./Sr. High, Westfield High School, North Jersey Homeschool Association, and Cornerstone Christian Church. She was most recently appointed as The Festival Youth Chorus Director for the New Jersey Choral Society (NJCS) in 2014, although she has been working alongside NJCS and Maestro Eric Knapp for the past three years with young singers recruited from various choral programs, starting with a performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Noelle received a Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal Combined Emphasis) with a minor in Flute. She holds certifications in both vocal and instrumental instruction in both New York and New Jersey. She has collaborated in concerts with The New Jersey and Connecticut Choral Societies, The New Jersey Youth Orchestra, and has opened for CCM Artist Mark Schultz. She has worked in conjunction with Westminster Choir College while at Westfield High School, and has conducted benefit and ministry concerts for Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center and Cornerstone Christian Church, as well as area nursing homes and children’s retreats. Noelle also performs professionally in three disciplines: voice, flute and piano. A lyric coloratura soprano, Noelle studied voice under Kelley Hijleh, sang a leading role in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and competed in The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competitions while in college. During high school, Noelle competed in Music Educator’s Association’s “Young Artists’ Piano Competitions”, receiving First Place and “The Leonine Geib Memorial Award” in 1994 and 1995. Noelle holds memberships in NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) and ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association). Noelle also teaches private vocal and instrumental lessons, as well as private music theory instruction for motivated students looking to pursue excellence in music.