Location: Virginia, USA
Janet Hostetter, artistic director for the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Eastern Mennonite University and her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from James Madison University, both in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is Level II Orff certified and regularly participates in choir and Orff conferences and workshops. She has taught and directed music to every age group from PK-college and is sought after as a clinician, guest lecturer and honor choir director. At Wilbur S. Pence Middle School she successfully grew the choral program from 10 singers to over 120 singers in seven years. From 2009-2013, Janet served as repertoire and standards chair for elementary music in the state of Virginia. During that time she had the privilege of working on-site with nationally recognized children’s choir directors at George Mason University. For eight years Janet provided oversight and direction for a thriving music ministry at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church where part of her duties included directing the adult choir and one children’s choir. In her spare time, Janet enjoys jogging and spending time with her husband and three young adult children.