Ages 9-11 years old, children entering grades 4-6th
Southpoint Mall, next to Secretary of State
Let your child explore their singing voice. No previous choir experience needed; any child with a desire to sing is welcome. Children will discover the basics of choral singing by learning about healthy vocal production, breath control, diction, singing posture, and group participation in a safe and fun environment. In addition to singing rounds, partner songs, and choral octavos, we will play games, move, dance, clap, and rap!
Come express yourself and enjoy a creative outlet through singing. This camp will introduce singers to the Junior Mints Choir, which will be starting in
September, as a branch of the Mint City Singers.
Director – Ellen Hoard
A resident of St. Johns for 33 years, Ellen and her husband Doug raised two children, Elizabeth and Kevin, in St. Johns. Since 2014, she has been the Music/Artistic Director of the Mint City Singers adult community choir, which is a member of the Clinton County Arts Council. She has a Bachelor of Music Education, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, both from Central Michigan University.
Ellen is a level 3 certified Orff instructor, and holds a level 1 certification in Music Learning Theory, from Michigan State University. She is a retired public school music teacher with 28 years’ experience. During 26 of those years she was an elementary music specialist for the Grand Ledge Public Schools. She is a soprano and has studied voice with Richard Fracker, Rachel Gates, and Cora Enman. Ellen has performed in the greater Lansing area with several groups, including Starlight Dinner Theater, Singers on the Grand, Riverwalk Theatre, and the Lansing Civic Players. She directed the Vivo Cantando Children’s choir from September 2013 – May 2016 and is excited to share her love of music with children once again.
Jenny Wilcox – Pianist and Assistant Conductor
Jenny grew up locally and graduated from St. Johns High School. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University, where she was a flute major with a piano minor. She and her husband Kevin live in Ovid with their three school-aged children, Wyatt, Norah, and John. They are the proprietors of Wilcox Heritage Farm, which is a small family owned and operated farm specializing in organic crops and pastured meat. Jenny is a
sought-after accompanist in the St. Johns area, and has accompanied church choirs, school musicals and choirs, and instrumental and vocal soloists. She was the accompanist and co-director of the Vivo Cantando Children’s Choir from September 2013 – May 2016 and is looking forward to doing so with the Junior Mints.
Linda Winters – Pianist and Assistant Conductor
Originally from the downriver Detroit area, Linda lived in Grand Ledge for the past 40 years. She and her husbandJim have t hree grown sons, two daughters-in-law and one grandson. Their Grand Ledge certified organic farm, Winters Calico Fields Farm, is a Sesquicentennial farm, dating back to 1867. She has a Bachelor of Elementary Music Education with a minor in Elementary Education, including an emphasis in early childhood from Western
Michigan University. She received her Master’s in Music Curriculum from Michigan State University.
Linda retired from the Grand Ledge Public Schools in 2014, after teaching elementary general music, cognitive impaired music
and early childhood music. She also held an adjunct teaching position at Albion College in 2013-2014. She holds certifications in Orff, Music Learning Theory and Education Through Music. Linda received awards from the Tri-County Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Ledge Education Foundation/Outstanding Staff, and the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce/Educator of the Year. She is looking forward to accompanying the Junior Mints, and especially to working with Ellen Hoard again!