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Junior Honors Choir
Secondary to family, Donna Knott’s passion for encouraging youth through the art of choral music has not waned during her thirty-two years of public school teaching, community choirs and church music. Mrs. Knott is in her fifteenth season as the Director of the York County Junior Honors Choir, and ninth season as the Artistic Director of the York County Elementary Choral Festival. Mrs. Knott was just recently given the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania, Eileen M. Hower Memorial Award for her proven record of commitment to developing voices, particularly at the middle school level; her high artistic standards; active involvement in ACDA; and her passionate, positive, energetic, and joyful approach to her work.

Mrs. Knott is an active middle school festival conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) having served a six-year term on the Board. A Graduate of West Chester University (B.S. Music Education) and Penn State University (Master of Education), Mrs. Knott’s thesis focused on an extensive study of the developing male voice.

After teaching secondary choral music in the West York Area School District for 10 years, she served as Director of Music at Zion United Methodist Church in York. She coordinated, directed and prepared staff for eleven choral and instrumental ensembles; conducted the State Youth Choir at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University and hosted various American Chorister Guild Children and Youth Choral Conferences. She founded and chaired the Zion Concert Series and is most proud of their endeavors to earn grants in order to offer free polished musical performances, music scholarships for youth of York County, and Senior Recital opportunities for graduating high school and college students from the York County area. 

Mrs. Knott has sung professionally with the Mississippi Opera Company and Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians (1984). After joining Mr. Waring’s staff in 1988 she enjoyed 22 years as Director of the Fred Waring Elderhostel Workshops at Penn State University and Co-Director of the Fred Waring U.S. Chorus. This group of 100 youth from all over the U.S. presented three concerts at the Eisenhower Auditorium on the Campus of Penn State University, a WPSX television program and a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 



Synergy Vocal Ensemble

York County Junior Honors Choir is comprised of 100 select singers in grades 7, 8 and 9 from 21 public and private school districts, homeschools, churches, and voice studios of York County, PA. Under the direction of Mrs. Donna Knott, the group has been invited to perform in Heinz Chapel, the Naval Academy Chapel, New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., American Choral Directors Eastern Division and State Conferences, PA Music Educators State Conference and invited to sing for the Music Education Department of Penn State University. 

The group has enjoyed choral exchange programs with numerous public school choral programs throughout the state. They have participated in choral workshops with such conductors as Nick Page, composer, song leader, conductor of world music; Dr. Anthony Leach, director of Penn State’s “Essence of Joy,” nationally known composer and conductor of world music; as well as Christine Jordanoff from Duquesne University and Dr. Lon Beery from Syracuse University. They have also performed Rutter’s Mass of the Children with York Symphony, sung with the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club, the Penn State Men’s Glee Club, Essence of Joy and Orianna Singers, the Heinz Chapel Choir under the direction of Chanticleer alumnus John Goldsmith, and Morehouse College Men's Glee Club. This March, the choir is honored to perform with the Keystone State Boychoir and Gettysburg College Concert Choir. Junior Honors Choir acts as mentors for York County’s annual Elementary Choral Festival and travels annually to various elementary schools in York County to promote choral education, underlining the importance of community and leadership.

In addition to Junior Honors Choir, the 40-member Synergy Vocal Ensemble is available to sing in smaller venues. The Ensemble has performed with the David Benoit Jazz Quartet and as part of “Christmas with The Celts.” 

More than just a choir, this unique collaboration with choral directors, private music instructors, and families from all over York County gives students the opportunity to share their talents with others who have the same love of music, level of dedication, and desire for excellence, in a non-competitive environment. As the students return to their home schools and neighborhoods, they serve as leaders and positive role models, and develop an appreciation for community involvement.

York County Honors Choirs is organized and maintained by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for managing the choirs’ operations. York County businesses, grants, and private patrons support the group financially. Please visit our website to make a valuable donation to the future of our choirs.  www.theYCHC.org

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About the Director
Junior Honors Choir 2016-17
Hope Allen, West York *
Amelia Asaro, Dallastown *
Adelinn Banzaca, Red Lion
Garth Barclay, York Suburban
Benjamin Beck, Central
Toni Bell, Central
Victoria Benson, York Catholic
Haley Berkebile, York Suburban
Laura Biscoe, York Country Day
Ryan Bradley, Eastern 
Cameron Cassese, Eastern *
Anastasia Corp, South Western
Alyssa Crane, Central *
Emily Danczyk, York Catholic
Owen Davis, Dover *
Zoey Deel, West York
Ashley Diaz, Red Lion
Lydia Eifert, Dover *
Mckenzie Fahringer, Eastern 
Anna Feild, Southern *
Steven File, York Suburban *
Bevan Fogdall, York Suburban *
Dayijahnae Foraker-Corley, 
   Spring Grove
Aidan Fraser, Central *
Emma Gaetjen, West York *
Jaden Gingles, York Suburban
Oliver Givens, York Suburban
Haley Glezer, Christian School of York
Paige Gordon, York Catholic *
Wesley Greer, Red Lion
Matthew Guadagnino, Central *
​Elizabeth Hardesty, Eastern
Kelsey Hartman, Central
James Herman, Northeastern
Holly Hinchcliff, Central *
Madison Horner, Central *
Emily Hoster, South Western *
Natalie Huber, Spring Grove
Holly Jacobs, Christian School of York
Isabella Jensen, Eastern 
James Johnson, Eastern 
Anna Jowanowitch, Eastern *
Rebekah Kelley, Suburban *
Jocelyn Kern, West York
Corinthia Kessler, Central
Sophia Lange, Central
Bryce Logan, Red Lion 
Alexandria Luckenbaugh, Dallastown
Margaret Mailey, Dover
Ronan Mailey, Dover
Ni'lee Mariche, York City *
Weston McLain, Eastern 
Duncan McQueen, Red Lion
Sadie Mikula, West York *
Juhi Modi, Dallastown *
James Moyer, Central *
Jordyn Myers, York Suburban
Sophia Nicholson, York Suburban
Jared Olewiler, Eastern *
Corinne Oswald, York Catholic 
Joseph Patterson, Homeschool *
Lian Peach, Dallastown 
Isabella Perez, Christian School of York *
Prital Prabhu, Central *
Allison Reeser, Central
​Brenna Richard, Central *
Robert Rife, York Country Day *
Joseph Rizzuto, York Catholic
Benjamin Rohrbaugh, York Suburban
Rachel Rohrbaugh, Homeschool
Skylar Sanders, Eastern
Lexi Sanderson, West York
Addison Sands, Dallastown *
Bethany Sauder, Central
Jacob Schmitt, West York *
Nikolaus Schneider, Dallastown 
Morganne Seitz, Spring Grove
Tehya Shaw, Central *
Eric Shelton, Christian School of York*
Kylie Smith, West York
Carson Snelbaker, Dover
Collin Snyder, Dallastown *
Bailie Spangler, Northeastern
Nathaneil Spigelmyer, Eastern
Joel Staub, Dallastown *
Sara Stoolmaker, Dallastown *
Nehemiah Stubbs, Central
Hannah Suit, Keystone Christian
   Academy
Joseph Tapp, York Suburban
Emma Tison, Central 
Abigail Trembly, Dallastown
Chase Warner, Central *
Julia Warner, Central
Sarah Weller, Red Lion
Jordan Williams, Central *
Donald (DJ) Wonder, Central
Abbie Wood, Eastern *
Ethan Young, Eastern
Helen Zardus, Dallastown *

             * Synergy Vocal Ensemble
Jill Beck has a BS in music education from Gettysburg College, and a master’s in music education from Towson University in Maryland. She has been a music teacher and the choral director at Central York Middle School, and is now serving in the same capacities at elementary and intermediate schools in Central York School District. 

Her position as Assistant Director gives her the opportunity to work with Junior Honors Choir in a variety of capacities, from doing sectionals and accompanying, substituting for the director when needed, and helping with the artistic activities of the choir.
Carol Heagy is a York native and a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania. She is a Mentor Specialist for Pennsylvania’s early childhood quality initiative program, Keystone STARS. In addition to being the accompanist for the Junior Honor Choir, she is a worship pianist and accompanist for several vocal and instrumental groups at Zion United Methodist Church in York, pianist for musicals for Central York and Dallastown Area School Districts, and a free-lance accompanist for local vocalists and instrumentalists. In the past, Carol has been the accompanist for the Senior Honors Choir, the Phoenix Vocal Ensemble, the York Symphony Chorus, the York Chamber Singers, the District VII Middle School Songfest, the York County Elementary Choral Festival and York Little Theatre.​



Lark Ann Waltimyer serves as coordinator for the Junior Honors Choir. In her position, she handles the many recordkeeping details necessary to support a choir of over 100 young singers, and she greets the singers and their parents at every event, making sure that everyone feels welcome. She works as a nurse at a family medical practice in her "other life."
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