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PRESIDENT AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF LES PETITS, LA CHORALE DES FILLES
Ellen McLemore , founder of Chorale des Amis, serves as the president and director of the newly formed La Chorale des Filles, the advanced ladies choir. As the former Piano Instructor at Lafayette High School for the Lafayette Parish Performing Arts Academy she built a small program into a thriving multi-level program. Under Mrs. McLemore’s direction, the piano department grew from students playing the piano during class, to an entire musical program complete with community performances, recitals, competitions and accompanying opportunities. The students traveled all over the United States, as well as learned other skills in the music industry through their student led shows they produced during the year. Mrs. McLemore was twice nominated by her colleagues for Teacher of the Year. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and has had a successful private piano studio; taught elementary general music, as well as middle school and high school choirs, before taking the helm of the Lafayette High School Piano department. She has served as pianist and interim music director, as well as the children’s choir director, for multiple churches. While at Lafayette High School, she has either accompanied, or trained her students to accompany, for the award winning Lafayette High School choir. Mrs. McLemore is a member of ACDA, where she is a board member on the southern division board. She is married and is the mother of four children.
DIRECTOR OF LA CHORALE DES GARCONS
Brian is currently the choir director at Ascension Episcopal School in Sugar Mill Pond. He is also the pianist/organist at St. Jules Catholic Church. Brian has been a choir teacher in the Lafayette area for the past 10 years. Over this time he has taught voice, piano, and guitar privately. He has taught choir at Carencro High School, Acadian Middle, and Carencro Heights Elementary. He has also been highly involved with CYT and CCT Lafayette. He has been a director, music director, and teacher on many of their productions. He has a Masters Degree in Music Education from UL Lafayette and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Loyola University New Orleans. He has received voice training from Shawn Roy: UL Lafayette, Philip Frohnmayer and Tyler Smith: Loyola University New Orleans. He has experience playing leading, supporting, and ensemble roles in musical theatre and opera. He has performed with the New Orleans Opera, Acadiana Symphony, CCT Lafayette, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Iberia Performing Arts League, Loyola Opera Theatre, and UL Opera Theatre. He has attended many workshops including; the Choral Conducting Intensive and Institute at Westminster Choir College, Broadway Teaching Workshops through the Broadway Teaching Group, and Kodaly Training at McNeese University.
From a young age, I was involved with music and the arts. My mother was a teacher of dance, piano, voice, and was very active with out local community theatre. Naturally, I was curious, and found my love of singing. Around 11 years old, I began singing at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, with my mother accompanying on the piano. After that, I never looked back, and have since been a cantor and vocalist for a number of churches around the Acadiana area. Currently, I am an accompanist at Ascension Episcopal Church, and a member of the choir at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. I'm also a member of the Board of Directors at Abbey Players Theatre in Abbeville, and work with their Children's Guild during the summer. I received my degree in Vocal Music Ed. from ULL in 2014, began teaching Chorus at Broussard Middle School in 2015, and have been there ever since!
DIRECTOR OF LES JEUNES CHANTEURS
This project, for which Chorale is truly grateful, is supported by an External Agencies Funding Program grant, sponosred by Lafayette Consolidated Government and administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts.