2018 Junior Mendelssohn Choir Singers

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir is made up of 9th-through-12th graders who audition each year for spots in this 11-week enrichment program. These talented young vocalists represent a variety of public and private schools, cyber schools and home schools from throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.  Check back often for profiles of our talented students!

 

+Mollie Landman, Soprano

Full Name: Mollie Landman

High School: Yough High School

Grade in School: 12

Number of Seasons in the JMCP: 4

What does it mean to you to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir? I am grateful that I have the opportunity to sing with talented students across the area.  

Who is your current favorite composer or what is your favorite genre of choral music to sing? My favorite genre of choral music is jazz.  The harmonies are so difficult, but once you get them, singing is so rewarding!

Of what accomplishment are you most proud so far? This past summer, I went to South Africa for a Global Youth Conference.  It was not easy, but I am proud that my hard work paid off.

What do you spend your time doing when you’re not singing with the choir?I enjoy writing and playing in my marching band.

+Caroline Friend, Soprano

Full Name: Caroline Friend

High School: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

Grade in School: 11

Number of Seasons in the JMCP: 2

What does it mean to you to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir? It means to be in a prestigious group of young singers who are as excited about music or more as I am. It is so much fun, and it grew me as a singer overall.  

Who is your current favorite composer or what is your favorite genre of choral music to sing? Classically, I enjoy Mozart very much! He is very fun to listen and sing to. Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse Mass is also very entertaining and warm to listen and sing! Every now and then, especially every Sunday, I find it fitting to listen to Gregorian Chant. I enjoy jazz choral music very much too!

Of what accomplishment are you most proud so far? I’m very happy with the concerts and musicals I perform in, whether it would be in school, the JMCP, or my parish. This would also include my growth in Gregorian Chant that I sing for Mass with my choir! I love singing Gregorian chant!

What do you spend your time doing when you’re not singing with the choir?Every Sunday, I go to Mass. Throughout the week, I go to school, do homework, watch TV, go through my artistic and singing hobbies if I want, and beg my parents to get tickets to watch the new opera or musical that came into Pittsburgh.

+David Shin, Tenor

Full Name: David Shin

High School: Fox Chapel High School

Grade in School: 11

Number of Seasons in the JMCP: 4

What does it mean to you to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir? It is a great honor, and means a lot to have been selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir.

Who is your current favorite composer or what is your favorite genre of choral music to sing? My favorite genre of choral music is religious Masses.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud so far? When I became letterman in my freshman and sophomore year in soccer.

What do you spend your time doing when you’re not singing with the choir? When I am not singing with the choir , I am playing soccer, studying for school, or watching TV.

+Nicole Baker, Soprano

Full Name: Nicole Baker

High School: North Allegheny Intermediate High School

Grade in School: 9

Number of Seasons in the JMCP: 1

What does it mean to you to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir? I felt it was an honor to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir.  When we sing it is so beautiful and I can’t wait for my family and friends to come and hear us.

Who is your current favorite composer or what is your favorite genre of choral music to sing? I love all kind of music from Taylor Swift to choir.  For me my favorite genre of choral music is traditional.  I am drawn to chorus by the beautiful sounds of the blended voices all singing as one.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud so far? I am proud of being a part of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir and the plays and musicals at my high school.

What do you spend your time doing when you’re not singing with the choir? I love animals and enjoy activities that allow me to interact with a lot of different types of animals and learn more about how they live.  Most of my free time is spent on stage performing or taking classes to become better at music or dancing.

+Katie Hughes, Soprano

Full Name: Katie Hughes

High School: Sewickley Academy

Grade in School: 12

Number of Seasons in the JMCP: 5

What does it mean to you to be selected to sing with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir? I love being a part of a group of kids who have the same passion for music as I do.  I feel honored to be selected to be a part of such an amazing and talented choir.

Who is your current favorite composer or what is your favorite genre of choral music to sing? I love singing gospel music.  One of my favorite pieces to sing is “Freedom Train.”  I love the upbeat tempos and fun energy.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud so far? Last summer I auditioned for and was accepted to NYU’s Summer Study in Musical Theater.  I spent two weeks studying at NYU in their Steinhardt program with Broadway performers.

What do you spend your time doing when you’re not singing with the choir? I am the prefect of Student Council, I am the president of Drama Club and Girl Up and Paddle Club.  I play tennis and lacrosse.  I also take part in the musicals.

 

In the 2018 season, the Junior Mendelssohn Choir consists of students from the following participating schools:

21st Century Cyber Charter North Hills High School
Avonworth Senior High School Oakland Catholic High School
Baldwin High School Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Bethel Park High School PA Virtual Charter School
Canon-MacMillan High School Peters Township High School
Central Catholic High School Pine Richland High School
The Ellis School Pittsburgh CAPA
Fox Chapel High School Pittsburgh Taylor Allderdice High School
Freeport Area High School Plum Senior High School
Geibel Catholic Junior/Senior High School Seton LaSalle Catholic High School
Homeschool Sewickley Academy
Hopewell High School Trinity Christian School
Mt. Lebanon High School Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School
North Allegheny Intermediate High School Yough Senior High School

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

The members, staff, and board of The Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs congratulate the members of the class of 2019!  May your futures be filled with song, love, and dreams fulfilled.