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Jean Ashworth Bartle

Jean Ashworth Bartle

Jean Ashworth Bartle is internationally recognized for her outstanding achievements as a conductor of children's choirs and is also in demand worldwide as a lecturer, clinician and adjudicator.

As director of the Toronto Children's Chorus Jean Ashworth Bartle captured first prize in the 1982 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales and continues to perform to great acclaim throughout the world. Ms. Bartle's ensemble was "Artists-in-Residence" children's chorus at the inaugural 1995 Tuscany International Children's Chorus Festival, and "Artists-in-Residence" at the inaugural 1999 'Sydney Sings' Children's Chorus Festival. Musica Mundi also arranged the Toronto Children's Chorus performance at the famed Spoleto "Festival of Two Worlds," at which Juan Carlo Menotti greeted the singers with great enthusiasm.

Fundamental to Ms. Ashworth Bartle's achievement with children's choirs is her passionate pursuit of the highest artistic standards. "Glorious music is for all children, everywhere."

Henry Leck

Henry Leck

"Musica Mundi's festivals are phenomenal in all aspects."

Henry Leck, Founder
Indianapolis Children's Chorus



Henry Leck is internationally recognized for his outstanding achievements as a conductor of children's choirs and is also in demand worldwide as a lecturer, clinician and adjudicator.

Henry Leck is Founder and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, a program now of approximately 850 children in twelve choirs, in residence at Butler University in Indianapolis where Mr. Leck is an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities. In 1990 Mr. Leck founded the Indiana All-State Children's Honor Choir which he conducted for three years and took to MENC in New Orleans in 1992. In 1993, 1994 and 1995 he founded and conducted the Indiana Middle/Junior High School Honors Choir. Mr. Leck has conducted Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's all-state choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state and is also a frequent conductor of regional and national honors choirs. Back to top

Doreen Rao

Doreen Rao

Recognized as one of the world's leading experts on children and youth choirs, Doreen Rao founded and chaired the ACDA National Committee for Children's Choirs. This pioneering work inspired the children's choir movement in America. Ms. Rao has been guest conductor / artistic director of many children's chorus festivals throughout the world. Doreen Rao holds the University of Toronto's Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting.

As the Director of Choral Programs, Rao founded the Faculty of Music's Centre for Advanced Studies in Choral Music that supports and enriches the Faculty's ensemble and conducting programs, hosts the artists-in-residence program, and sponsors the Toronto Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling.

Rao conducts the award-winning UT MacMillan Singers and the Bach Festival Singers. Her young ensembles collaborate regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a roster of internationally celebrated artists and educators. She leads the University's graduate program in conducting performance and teaches graduate research and philosophy courses related to music performance in education.


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Anne Tomlinson

Anne Tomlinson

“This Festival provides wonderful musical experiences while fostering cultural enrichment of the highest caliber.”

Anne Tomlinson, Director, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, and Children’s Chorus Mistress, Los Angeles Opera

Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director and Director of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and is responsible for the educational and artistic development of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus. She is also Children's Chorus Mistress for the Los Angeles Opera.

Anne Tomlinson believes every child needs to sing. Fifteen years ago Anne set out to create the Los Angeles Children's Chorus. Today, the two hundred choristers "are a mixture of cultures and races," and they sing in many languages. "The children learn not only about music, but also about their world and their community." At a time when support for the arts in our public schools is in decline, Anne Tomlinson's community-based organization gives children as young as seven from all over Los Angeles County an experience which enhances their sense of achievement and self-respect.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Margaret Hillis. She is the American Choral Directors Association State Chair for Children's Choirs, and has recently been appointed as a National Representative for Chorus America's Caucus on Children and Youth Choirs. Anne received the Pasadena Arts Council's Arts in Education Award in 2000.


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Joan Gregoryk

Joan Gregoryk
Joan Gregoryk, 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 and is frequently invited to be a guest conductor for children's choral festivals. 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, Kodály, American Choral Directors and Music Educators chapters.

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. 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.



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