The Manzano Day School Chorus is a non-auditioned group comprised of the entire fourth and fifth grades of the school. Chorus rehearsals are built into the six-day rotation as part of the music curriculum. In addition to chorus, students also have general music classes focused on singing, playing, moving, creating and reading music. Music has long been valued as an integral part of education at this historic school, which is now in its seventy-second year. The chorus performs one concert mid-year and a full musical play each spring. They were the New Mexico Music Education Association’s Honor Choir in 2001. The chorus was privileged to sing for many Holiday Pops concerts with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. As service projects, they have sung for hospitals, senior centers, and Noonday Ministries. Accompanist Amy Woolley teaches music classes for pre-school through second grade students at Manzano Day School. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, Kindermusic certification, and has studied Orff-Schulwerk at UNLV, the University of St. Thomas, and the Orff Institute.
Manzano Day School is an independent pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school near Old Town in Albuquerque. Manzano moved to its present location in 1942, having previously held classes in the historic Huning Castle. Our La Glorieta, an adobe hacienda, was originally the home of an early Spanish settler Don Diego Trujillo. Generations of families have cherished the history and warm atmosphere of Manzano Day School. Students learn core curriculum in innovative ways in small classes. In addition, all students receive instruction in music, art, physical education, Spanish, and technology.
Penny Voss, director
Penny Voss is an active music educator with diverse experience and a strong track record of teaching music literacy to children of all ages. Voss recently accepted the position of Upper School Music Teacher at Manzano Day School. Prior to this current appointment, Voss served as the Director of Choral Activities at Moriarty High School in Moriarty, New Mexico. Under her direction, the choirs received superior ratings and were known for their strong music literacy skills. Sought after as an adjudicator and clinician for a variety of choral music events across the state of New Mexico, Voss serves as an active advocate for the importance of quality music education for all children. Voss holds degrees from Walla Walla College and the University of New Mexico. In addition, Voss is a Certified Kodaly Specialist and works closely with the New Mexico Kodaly Institute as a teaching assistant. Inspiring young people to become lifelong singers is a passion that Voss hopes to instill in her students of all ages.