Judith L. DuBose
Judith L. DuBose is Artistic Director and Founder of the Frederick Children's Chorus, which she established in 1985. The Frederick Children's Chorus, under her direction, has performed throughout the region and has established a reputation for excellence in artistry and musicianship. In 1995 the chorus expanded to include the Frederick Chamber Singers, a chorus for high school aged singers, also under her direction. The choruses are frequently invited to present demonstrations and perform at special events. She has prepared the Frederick Children's Chorus for performances with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, singer Judy Collins, The Frederick Chorale, and Strathmore Music Center.
Mrs. DuBose is a music teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. She teaches vocal and general music at Lake Seneca Elementary School. She has provided presentations at workshops for county music teachers demonstrating vocal techniques and repertoire for elementary and middle school teachers in the county. In 1999 she was honored to receive the Maryland Music Educators Outstanding Teacher Award for the Southern Division. Under her direction, the choruses at Farquhar Middle School (2000-2008) and Gaithersburg Middle School (1994-2000) received many honors and awards, performing in New York City, and in 2001, at the National Middle School Conference, held in Washington, DC.
Mrs. DuBose is an active member of The American Choral Director's Association. From 1997-1999 she was president of the Maryland/DC Chapter. She served as the Eastern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle Schools from 1999-2004. She served Maryland/DC Chapter Board as R&S Chair for Elementary and Children's Choruses from 2003 - 2009. She often presents repertoire at ACDA and MMEA conventions and is a popular elementary and middle school All-County Chorus clinician and adjudicator.
An alumna of the Frederick Children's Chorus, Ms. DuBose has served the chorus since 2004 as Assistant Director of the chorus and Summer Chorus Camp,and Director of the Musicianship and Little Music Makers programs. She is responsible for creating and developing Little Music Makers, a preparatory program for the chorus serving children ages 5 to 8, currently in its 6th year and boasting a bump in enrollment to require 2 classes this year! Ms. DuBose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas (2003) and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Towson University (2010). She is currently employed with Montgomery County Public Schools as a full-time elementary and special education music teacher. She visits four schools a week including Brown Station, Broad Acers and Montgomery Knolls Elementary Schools and the Stephen Knolls School.
Chelsey joined the Frederick Children's Chorus when she was six years old and was a member until she was eighteen years old. During her twelve years with the chorus, she progressed to become a musicianship teacher and conducting intern. She also was a student of piano and voice.
Ms. Goldsmith is delighted to be working with the Frederick Children's Chorus as principal accompanist. A recent graduate from Towson University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, she is now the second Perspectives in the Fine Arts teacher at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Silver Spring. In addition to her work as teacher and accompanist, she has performed with the Chorale and Chamber Singers at Towson University under the direction of Dr. Karen Kennedy. Ms. Goldsmith is also an alumna of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School where she participated in the Advanced Music Studies program as singer and student conductor. During her time there, she starred in her high school's Advanced Theatre Productions shows Seussical the Musical and Beauty and the Beast while also serving as Music Director. Ms. Goldsmith is looking forward to continuing her work with the Frederick Children's Chorus.
Lee DuBose Fuhr
Mrs. Fuhr was an original member of the Frederick Children's Chorus and sang with the chorus for fourteen years. She studied piano with Jeffrey Chappell and voice with Carol DeSantis. Mrs. Fuhr sang with the Maryland All State Chorus five consecutive years and was selected to perform with the ACDA All Eastern Children's Honor Chorus and the National Children's Honor Chorus. After graduating from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, she attended Towson University (T.U.), completing a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration in 2004. She sang with the T.U. Chorale and Chamber Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Paul Rardin and with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society under Tom Hall. Mrs. Fuhr has been a member of the chorus staff since 2004. Lee is a stay at home Mom. She and her wonderful husband David are the proud parents of Riley and Isabella.
Mrs. Wardell is excited to join the staff of the Frederick Children's Chorus. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. While at Maryland she performed at the Kennedy Center with the University of Maryland Concert Choir while serving as chorus manager. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree in Kodaly Music Education at Loyola University in Maryland. Mrs. Wardell is in her seventh year of teaching with Montgomery County Public Schools. She is the general music teacher at Sequoyah Elementary School where she directs the 4th and 5th grade chorus and the spring musical. She previously taught at the middle and high school levels where her choirs earned superior ratings at both the county and state level. Mrs. Wardell livesin Frederick with her husband Doug.
Mrs. Jackson has been working with the Frederick Children's Chorus in a variety of roles since 2008. This year she has accompanied the Little Music Makers and the Frederick Chamber Singers. She studied piano with Alexandra Karousatos for over ten years and also studied organ with C. Martin Staub for several years. She serves as an organist and accompanist for her church and has accompanied a variety of vocal groups from her teen years to today. She also currently teaches piano lessons in her home. Mrs. Jackson and her husband Peter have four children. Their two older daughters enjoy singing with the Children's Chorus, but their two year old twins are not quite yet ready to join!