The Art of Music
DIRECTORS: James Pecar and Betsy Graham Marsh
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Grades 2 – 12
PERFORMANCES: Winter and spring concerts held at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
REGISTRATION FEE: $250
Placement Audition required to be considered for Troubadours.
Experience the joy of music-making in a county-wide choral program. Macomb Children’s Chorus is comprised of three choirs: Treble (grades 2-5), Symphonic (Grades 6-12*), and our auditioned choir the Troubadours. The intent of the Children's Chorus is to enhance and expand upon the musical opportunities that the children receive in their school and church choirs by providing additional instruction and experiences. *Students in grades 2-5 already in the Symphonic choir will be grandfathered in.
Rehearsals emphasize the development of musicianship and vocal technique. The singers of the Macomb Children's Chorus develop musical artistry, poise, confidence, discipline and an understanding and love of the art of music.
Treble: Tuesday, 6pm-7pm
Symphonic: Tuesday, 7:15pm-8:45pm
Troubadours: Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
586.286.2044 | ArtsEducation@macomb.edu
James Pecar, Director – Treble and Symphonic Choirs
Betsy Graham Marsh, Director – Troubadours
James Pecar, Director of Choirs at Chippewa Valley High School (CVHS), and is both the producer and vocal director for the CVHS Musical Productions. James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University. At CVHS James directs 4 curricular choirs, teaches music theory and aural training, and leads a music performance seminar. Additionally, he directs numerous extracurricular ensembles, including men’s and women’s a cappella groups and quartets. During his time at Chippewa, his ensembles have been selected to perform at such prestigious events as the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the Michigan Music Conference. James has received awards for his work using choral music to build support and awareness for the autism community, and he was recently named the Michigan Lottery teacher of the week. He has extensive experience as a chorus master, vocal director, and producer in corporate theatre and both operatic and musical theater stage productions, and is a sought-after clinician for a number of choirs ranging from children’s choirs through professional adult ensembles. James has been involved with the Grosse Pointe Summer Select Choir Program for nearly ten years as a vocal director and assistant for elementary through high school singers. James has also guest directed one of the Michigan Music Educator Association Elementary Honors Choirs. James is thankful for the opportunity to work with the staff, parents, and young artists of the Macomb Children’s Choir Program.
Betsy Graham Marsh has a BA in music from Albion College, and a MM in Choral Conducting from Oakland University where she studied with Dr. Michael Mitchell.
She has directed three State Honors Choirs (most recently in 2014) and during her 36-year career as a choral director was twice honored as Rochester Middle School Teacher of the Year. She was also a finalist for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Teacher of the Year and was honored with an MSVMA Emeritus Award. Still active as an adjudicator and clinician, she maintains a private voice studio, directs the St. Paul's UMC Epworth choir, and had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall last spring with the Madrigal Chorale as their longtime Associate Director. A member of the American Choral Directors Association, she served Michigan as Bella Voce editor for six years.
Since her retirement from public school teaching, she has become a professional artist. Her favorite cheerleaders are her husband Peter, daughter Darcy, son-in-law Devin, and two of the most adorable grandsons ever.