Temecula Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce their new youth choral program, Temecula Voices. #TCM has established a tradition of musical excellence and is thrilled to have Angie Anderson join their team as the director of the project.
Music has been a passion of Angie’s for as long as she can remember, but that fire was fanned to flame in her high school years. In fact, during her senior year of high school, she was in four choral groups, one of which she spearheaded and directed during lunch. Her love of music also led her to her other love- the stage. After graduating from Hemet High, she attended Brigham Young University, studying Musical Dance Theater with plans to teach. According to Angie, it was there that she really got inspired by some incredible directors—Rosalind Hall, Ronald Stahlei and Mack Wilberg who now directs the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She says, “I basically stole my choral directing abilities from the amazing directors I have worked with over the years—just watching them work their magic and using those same techniques to enhance my own directing.”
Angie has enjoyed teaching choirs of all ages for over 26 years. Between her most prized productions, her six children, she has had opportunities to direct choirs at church, a charter school, and most recently Hemet High School. Over the years, she has enjoyed performing in various productions at the Ramona Bowl and Mt. San Jacinto College. Some of her favorite roles include Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls,” Luisa in “The Fantasticks,” and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in “The Music Man.” Anderson has written and directed shows for schools and church alike, working with singers of varying skill levels. One co-worker says of her, “Angie could teach a rock to sing.” On another occasion a parent remarked, “Mrs. Anderson took our program back to the glory days.” She is known for her high expectations and attention to detail. Mama Anderson, as some students call her, believes in encouragement and positive reinforcement. She measures success in smiles and prides herself on concerts that are as enjoyable for those performing as for those in the audience.
So, why has Angie come to #TCM and what are her plans for Temecula Voices? She says,
“When I was in high school, I spent most of my day in the choir room, but with today’s academic loads, such intense involvement would be inconceivable. That’s one of the reasons I am so excited about the opportunity that awaits singers in youth choirs at #TCM. Students can reserve the precious time in their school schedule for scholastics and still enjoy the thrill of working together to hone a valuable skill, creating memories that can last a lifetime. In fact, studies show that studying music actually increases one’s scholastic success—and it looks great on college resumes as well. Temecula Voices will also be great for singers who already participate in a program and want additional opportunities to strengthen their musical talents.”
So, what can youth expect when they join Temecula Voices? A lot. Anderson has big plans for the group including a future trip to Carnegie Hall with the symphony at TCM. How will she make it happen? Practice, practice, practice. The choirs will start their preparation for Carnegie Hall by making yearly trips to competitions, workshops, or even recording studios. The Temecula Voices Youth Choirs will include more than just weekly rehearsals. Students will access additional learning via various programs, tutorials, and videos. Temecula Voices will provide singers with the opportunity to strengthen their musical instruments and the know-how to navigate musical scores. Anderson recognizes that the task ahead is a big one and is excited to tackle it. She can’t wait to meet the group of dedicated singers who are ready to show what they are made of and be part of something incredible!