Who We Are
Meet the Artistic Director
Jennie Nolan is the founder and current director of the South Hills Children's Choir. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music from Biola University and is Kodaly-certified. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Choral Conducting at Messiah College. She formerly directed the San Diego Children's Choir and has led various church choirs in addition to teaching band, classroom music, writing, and English.
Jennifer has sung with the Pittsburgh Camerata, Bach Choir, and other local choral groups. She directs music activities at View Crest Church, teaches music to 3rd through 6th graders at Blackburn Study Center, and educates her own girls at home. She loves to run, bake, travel, and sing for and with her husband.
Meet the Accompanist
Ruth Ann Fox was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Music and an MLS in Library and Information Science.
She has been accompanying groups and playing for musicals for many years. You can find her at the piano for all the musicals at Old Schoolhouse Players in Hickory where she is the musical director. She has also served as musical director for several productions at Canon-McMillan High School, and has played several concerts with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. One of her favorite activities is giving private piano lessons to her students, where she feels privileged to be able to touch their lives with the gift of music.
Meet the Office Administrator
Heather Black graduated from Geneva College with a BS in Sociology. While there, she sang with The Genevans. She continues her vocal studies with our board member, Melanie Catana, and is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Heather has assisted Mrs. Nolan in teaching various music camps and classes for children in Pennsylvania and Latvia and enjoys being her general Girl Friday.
Meet the Board
Melanie Catana, President
Director of Choral Music, Waynesburg University
David Caldwell, Vice President
Retired Art Teacher, Canon-Mac School District
Associate Professor of Music, Percussion Department Director, WVU
Andy Foulke, Treasurer
Senior Software Engineer, Smith Micro
Why We Make Music
The SHCC is committed to enriching the lives of children from all backgrounds and, as such, strives to represent the diversity of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s youth. We embrace the ideals of musical excellence, beauty, goodness, and truth.
The SHCC is a music performance and education program for children and youth that emphasizes the development of musical skills and understanding. Singing, as a powerful means of expression, is the major focus of the SHCC musical experience. We hope this experience will form the foundation of a life-long relationship with music for the singers and their families.
Currently our program is divided into two main choirs: Canticle, our newcomer group for ages 8-10, and Concordia, the Intermediate Choir for ages 11-18. We also have a touring group, Chorale, that requires a further audition. This group is selected from the Concordia choir and requires a more serious commitment, but has the opportunity to sing at special venues throughout the year.
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