Our Team

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Ilse Long, Artistic Director

Ilse Long is a seasoned choral and piano musician with extensive expertise in the musical education of children. Her experience includes working with children’s and youth choirs, classroom instruction at private and public schools, and private music instruction. Her dissertation work focuses on using positive and motivational techniques to improve children’s musicianship and performance. As our artistic director, Ilse drives all aspects of musical education, rehearsal, and performance. 

Educational and other qualifications:

  • BA in music performance from the University of Charleston
  • Master's of Music (MM) specializing in music education from Boston University
  • Doctorate of Music Arts (DMA) specializing in music education from Boston University 
  • Member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

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Christi Miller, Accompanist

Ms. Christi is a recent Hurricane transplant from Sissonville, who used to love going to piano lessons at Galperin's in Charleston...of course, it may have had something to do with The Peanut Shoppe nearby!  Retired and thrilled to be teaching piano, Christi is enjoying the things she always wanted to do more of—reading, sewing, quilting, traveling, and exercising. She currently plays organ at Fisher Memorial Church in Goldtown, and piano for the St Albans Classix showchoir/ chorus where her son Jamison directs. Christi is happily married to Roger, has three grown children, and two grandchildren.

The Team

Rhonda Fizer, Choir Assistant

Michelle Teare, Parent Council Representative

Stefanie Armstrong, Suzanne Cope, Michelle Teare, Board Members