The Verdi Choir is a vocal ensemble made up of students in 2nd-5th grade. All students are welcome, regardless of singing experience. Choir students will experience singing in a large ensemble as well as working in smaller groups for practice and performance. Students will also have the opportunity to audition to perform solos with the choir and participate in special events at school and in the community.

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Maria Alejandra Montero, Director 

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Maria Alejandra Montero started taking private piano lessons and singing in the choir at the age of seven. At fifteen she became part of the “Fundación Schola Cantorum de Venezuela,” singing in different choirs and touring around the world. As a choir member Maria has had the opportunity to work with world class conductors and composers, including Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, John Adams, and Peter Sellars. In 2008, Maria earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the National Experimental University of the Arts in Caracas. In 2013, Maria started Vocal Performance studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she received a Master’s Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma.

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Simone Trollmo, Teaching Artist 

Swedish violinist and music educator Simone Trollmo enjoys exploring different violin repertoire and the improvisatory nature of baroque music. A passionate performer, Simone believes in breaking the traditional boundaries between performer and listener. Recent performances include a Boston Early Music Festival concert with the Volare ensemble and musical enlightenment salon, “The Meaning of Life.” Simone also takes music to the streets as part of a busking Cello & Violin Duo. A keen educator, Simone passes on the joy of making music to a new generation, and has been working for Dedham School of Music, Braintree Public Schools, and Keynotes School of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance at Boston University.

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