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Joan Gregoryk

Director

Joan Gregoryk

Joan Gregoryk, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Children's Chorus of Washington, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of children's vocal music. Ms. Gregoryk prepared the singers for their debut at the Kennedy Center in November 1996 with The Washington Chorus (formerly The Oratorio Society of Washington) in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony. She was invited by Music Director Leonard Slatkin to prepare the Chorus for four performances of Gabriel Piernz's The Children's Crusade with the National Symphony Orchestra and The Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall in November of 1997.

Ms. Gregoryk has also prepared members of CCW for a performance of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame directed by former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich, and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. She has prepared choristers for three NSO Family Concert Series Concerts, the premiere performance of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express by Robert Kapilow, and two performances of Hallelujah Handel. Ms. Gregoryk was invited to be guest conductor for the 22nd Annual Interfaith Concert at the Washington National Cathedral. Ms. Gregoryk prepared the Concert Chorus for the Washington premiere of Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5, conducted by Dante Anzolini.

Ms. Gregoryk taught for many years at Chevy Chase Elementary School where her work with the school's chorus won her considerable acclaim within professional music organizations, as well as invitations to perform within the United States and Europe. She prepared members of the Chevy Chase Chorus for the Grammy Award-nominated compact disc and film soundtrack recording of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra. She also prepared the Chevy Chase Elementary School Chorus for conductors Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos, Erich Leinsdorf, Erich Kunzel, and James Paul.

Ms. Gregoryk is in constant demand as a workshop leader and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. At universities, such as Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., she has taught music educator's courses on children's vocal development and the children's chorus for many years. She has also been a seminar leader for numerous Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, American Choral Directors and Music Educators chapters and is frequently invited to be a guest conductor for children's choral festivals. She has conducted performances in Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Virginia , North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas.

Besides her exceptional work as a teacher, conductor and clinician, Ms. Gregoryk is also an accomplished writer. She was selected as the contributing author on children's vocal development and the children's chorus for the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Music Series, Music and You, as well as their 1994 Share the Music texts. She is one of the authors of the MENC 1990 publication Choral Music for Children, and has written articles for several professional music organization publications.

Because of her achievements, Ms. Gregoryk has been awarded numerous honors including Outstanding Arts Educator in the United States by the Rockefeller Brothers Funds Awards in Arts Education and the Maryland Outstanding Elementary Music Educator. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music Education, and is an Artist-Teacher Associate at the Choral Music Experience Institute. As a Teaching Associate, Ms. Gregoryk has taught conducting in London, and in Canterbury, England.

Discography

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Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season

Review: This live recording of the Concert Chorus from Children's Chorus of Washington, led by Joan Gregoryk with accompanist Donald Cotton, features pieces from the 2002 holiday and 2003 spring concerts. Selections include "Personent Hodie," arranged by Rutter, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," arranged by Emerson, "Salut Printemps," by Debussy, "My Heart's in the Highlands," by Bisbee and "O Sapo," by Hatfield. Several pieces from the Holiday concert are accompanied by brass choir. The choir also sings five numbers in combination with the treble chorus.

Songlist: Holiday Concert:(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), God Bless the Master (Concert Chorus:), Personet Hodie, Sussex Carol , Ave Maria, Lullaby (from the Cantata "Hodie") (Williams), Schlof Main Kind , Light the Legend , The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Spiritual / (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), An Irving Berlin Christmas , An American Anthem(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Salut Printemps (Concert Chorus:), Der Neugierge, Blagoslovi Dushe Moya (Bless the Lord, O My Soul), My Heart's in the Highlands , Las Amarillas , When I Was in My Prime , For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank Innocence and Mirth , Let Wildness Sing , Can You Hear? , O Sapo, (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Here's To Song, An American Anthem

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7257c 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 10th Anniversary Season : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 10th Anniversary Season

Review: Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads her 81-strong chorus of young men and women in an impressive collection beginning with 12 songs from a 2005 Holiday Concert, and 8 songs from their 2006 Spring Concert. Featured are the Treble Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Concert Chorus and Alumni Chorus, singly and in combination. Some favorites are John Rutter's "Star Carol," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" and "Jesus Child," "!El Cielo, Cant Alegria," "Sleigh Ride," "Cantate Domino," the lovely "Child With the Starry Crayon," two "Scenes from the Magic Flute" by Mozart, and Stephen Hatfield's "La Lluvia" and "Run, Children, Run." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most songs. This is all beautiful and moving music from this excellent Chorus.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, Salmo 159, El Cielo Canta Alegria, Ave Maria, Cantate Domino, Yism'chu Hashamayim, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Star Carol, Jesus Child, Tomorrow Should Be My Dancing Day, Sleigh Ride, Non Nobis Domine, Child With The Starry Crayon, The Magic Flute, La Lluvia, Ojos Azules, Jabula Jesu, Run Children Run

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8646c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 Season - Treble Chorus : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2005 - 2006 Season - Treble Chorus

Review: The Treble Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington which features 64 voices of children ages 9-17, brings us this nice collection of 22 songs from their 2005 Holiday Concert and 2006 Spring Concert, with Stephen Hatfield as guest composer/conductor. Favorites are "This is the Truth," Daley's "Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang," "Torah Orah," "Sh'Ma Yisrael," "Jingle Bell Swing," Handel' "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah, the title tune, Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," Stephen Hatfield's "Foggy Birthday Shuffle," and the spiritual "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." There is light to heavy accompaniment on most tunes. "Where the Music" is a beautiful, entertaining collection from these talented young singers.

Songlist: This Is The Truth, I Saw Three Ships, Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sang, Torah Orah, Sh'Ma Yisrael, A New Year Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jingle Bell Swing, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Al Shlosha D'Varim, O Come All Ye Faithful, Hallelujah Chorus, Sleigh Ride, Where The Music Comes From, Un Moto Gi Gioja, Laudate Dominum, Flower Drum Song, Takeda No Komoriuta, The World Is Full Of Poetry, Foggy Birthday Shuffle, Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, Run Children Run

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8645c 00 1 CD $15.95 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: The CCW is recognized as one of the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and comprises four performing ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Chamber Chorus and the 72-strong Concert Chorus. In all, 170 young mixed-voice singers, ages 9-17, who hail from many different communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, are members of the four choruses. The Chorus is directed by highly acclaimed and awarded (including Outstanding Arts Educator in the U.S.) Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk. Favorites among the 23 mostly accompanied songs are Brunner's "Jubilate Deo," Palestrina's "Salve Regina," Reger's "Maria Wiegenlied," Chilcott's "Hey! Now," Leavitt's "Ose Shalom," Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Child," the world premier of Barnwell's "Discovered," Copland's "I Bought Me A Cat" and "Ching-Ring Chaw;" and the combined choruses with legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock, singing Barnwell's "Wanting Memories" and "We Are," Kahlil's "Fulani Chant" and Johnson Reagon's "Ella's Song." A wonderful collection from one of America's great children's choral ensembles

Songlist: Gaudete, Jubilate Deo, Salve Regina, Sussex Carol, There Is No Rose, Maria Wiegenlied ( The Virgin's Slumber Song), Deck the Halls in 7/8, Hey! Now, Ose Shalom, Mary's Little Boy Child, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", St. Leopold Mass - Kyrie, St. Leopold Mass - Gloria, Discovered (World Premiere) , Praise His Holy Name, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw, Wanting Memories, Fulani Chant, We Are, Ella's Song

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6084c 00 1 CD $15.95


Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005

Review: Founder and Conductor Joan Gregoryk's singers bring us another impressive, lightly accompanied Christmas collection. Especially fine are Benjamin Britten's 4-part "Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's "Jesus Child," the Rutter-arranged "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" and "Personent Hodie;" standards "O Holy Night," "Away in a Manger," "Sussex Carol" and "O Come All ye Faithful;" audience sing-along "Al Shlosha d'Varim," "This is the Truth" (sung by the combined Concert and Treble Choruses) and many others. Simply beautiful!

Songlist: Make We Merry, Ceremony Of Carols, Lullabye, Jesus Child, O Holy Night, Light The Legend, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Had A Baby Boy, Hatikva, Jubilate Deo, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Personent Hodie, Sussex Carol, El Cielo Canta Alegria, This Is The Truth, Al Shlosha D'Varim , O Come All Ye Faithful

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8652c 00 1 CD $15.95 Childrens Choir Christmas


Children's Chorus of Washington : Sounds Of Christmas : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Sounds Of Christmas

Review: Under the direction of founder, Joan Gregoryk, these children shine once again. With beautiful pieces by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott and G.F. Handel, to name a few, you are sure to fall into the Christmas spirit after listening to this beautiful music. This CD represents selections from the past five years of the Children's Chorus of Washington's December Holiday Concerts, and is surely not to be missed!

Songlist: Ding Dong, Merrily On High, Still Still, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Angel's Carol, The Snow, Angels We Have Heard on High, Two Old World Carols, A la Nanita Nana, Le Sommeil de I'enfant Jesus, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Mary had a Baby, Go Where I Send Thee, Mid Winter, This Little Babe, Never A Child As He, Star Carol, Donkey Carol, Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah", Sleigh Ride

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7573c 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


Children's Chorus of Washington : Treble Chorus 2006 - 2007 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk : 

Children's Chorus of Washington : Treble Chorus 2006 - 2007

Review: Renowned and awarded Founder & Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk leads two parts of her Children's Chorus of Washington (DC), the mixed-voice, 9-17 years old singers of the Treble Chorus and Bel Canto Chorus in a live, accompanied collection of songs from their 2006-2007 Season of concert performances. There are 26 songs, well chosen for the high ranges of these young singers. Favorites are the traditional "Gaudete," Burt's "Caroling, Caroling," Walters' "The Cuckoo Carol," the Jewish Folk Song "Mi Ze Hidlik," the traditional tunes "Noel Nouvelet" and "O Christmas Tree," Wu's "Bethlehem Today," Debussy's "Noel des enfants," Thomas's "Walk in the Light," Bernstein's "Gloria Tibi from Mass," J.S. Bach's "Bist du bei mir," and "Wir eilen mit sprachen;" Brunner's "The World is Full of Poetry" and Copland's "Simple Gifts." A lovely, "feel good" collection from the talented Treble and Bel Canto Choruses of the Children's Chorus of Washington!

Songlist: Gaudete , Caroling, Caroling, Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts, The Cuckoo Carol, Mi Ze Hidlik, Hine Ma Tov, Noel Nouvelet, O Christmas Tree, Bethlehem Today, Hanukkah, Light of Lights, O La Nanita Nana, Noel des enfants, The Cherry Tree Carol, Psalm 23, Walk in the Light, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", Bist du bei mir, Faywood School Songs / Stars, Winds, Colinda, Wir eilen mit sprachen, The World is Full of Poetry, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw

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6085c 00 1 CD $15.95

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