Ensemble Directors

Fox Valley Youth ChoRUS

Enriching lives THROUGH VOICE AND SONG

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Patricia Doctor was born in Peru Illinois and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Education at Bradley University in Peoria moved to Aurora, Illinois to begin and raise her family.  Joining the West Aurora School District 129 team in 1996 she taught music at several different elementary schools eventually settling in as the music teacher at Freeman Elementary from 1998 thru 2018.  While teaching at Freeman she continued her education and completed her Masters of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

 

A Junior Choir director at various Catholic churches throughout Aurora, she currently enjoys that duty at Annunciation BVM parish here in Aurora. She frequently lends her voice to be a cantor, and is a professional soloist for weddings, funerals, and memorial celebrations all over the area.

 

A longtime participant both on stage and behind the scenes with dozens of musical theatre productions, she has a real passion for musical performance. She has portrayed Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty's Princess Aurora, and numerous other roles for the Aurora Junior Women's Club. Also, she played the Mother Superior role in Wheaton Drama's Nunsense. 

 

In addition, she was a member of David Haas's Schola for his tour of the Holy Land. She performed with choirs at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and in Italy - at the Vatican in Rome, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.  Locally she participates in the semi-annual Voices-of-Hope concerts at Wentz Hall in Naperville in honor of people whose lives have been alterd by cancer.

 

While at Freeman she directed 8-10 musical productions every year with costumes, props, instruments, backgrounds and staging of all of the students.  She is excited to bring her experience and this type of performance opportunity to FVYC.

Katheryn Barrett-Brown was born in the Twin Cities, MN to a musical family. She began choir at the age of 5, piano at age 6, and violin at age 8. Playing with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Katheryn was able to work with members of the Minnesota Orchestra. Among her numerous opportunities during her formative years, she fondly remembers being personally mentored by principal members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among them Dr. Layton "Skip" James, who encouraged Katheryn to pursue conducting. Katheryn was also able to perform with the Minnesota Chorale under the baton of Kathy Romey, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, under the baton of Eiji Oue.
             Katheryn then moved to Chicago to pursue a career in opera at DePaul University. In addition to participating in numerous DPU Opera Theater productions, Katheryn was accepted into Catherine Malfitano's prestigious "Singer/Actor" program. After college, she sang in a season with the Grant Park Chorus, directed by Christopher Bell. After a brief hiatus from music to start a family, Katheryn became the director of the Chancel Choir at River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville. At that time she started her private studio, and joined a local Aurora community orchestra. From there, Katheryn started as a second violin and during her tenure rose to concertmaster. During that time Katheryn was brought on to direct a youth string orchestra, an advanced chamber orchestra, as well as a beginning string program. Katheryn has mentored and taught many private students from her home studio, and those students have had considerable success earning prizes and scholarships for their musical accomplishments. Her love of youth music and pedagogy makes her very excited to teach in Fox Valley El Sistema program, as well as FVYO. Katheryn resides in Aurora with her incredibly supportive husband and her five children.

Patricia Doctor

Director

Katheryn
Barrett-Brown

Asst Director

Why I am passionate about Music Education:

Children can have glorious amounts of fun if they learn to listen, pay attention, follow directions, and participate with their whole being. I love being able to give them these opportunities. 

 

It is also my belief that children can accomplish fabulous tasks if they are held to high expectaions.  Self-esteem is increased exponentially when children succeed.  I love the smiles of success on the faces of my students.

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