GYMC offers inspiring choral opportunitiesfor children in central New England with choirs rehearsing in Keene and Peterborough, New Hampshire. Five different ensembles support both the musical growth and artistic development of singers in grades 2 through 12.
Founded in 1997, the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is a 501c3 non-profit organization filling a critical need for choral music education and musical expression for all young people who love to sing. Directors Esther and Maria program top-notch choral repertoire drawing from diverse traditions, styles, and centuries.
In addition to receiving choral training, children also learn to read and express music, and work together as a team. We nurture the children’s lifelong commitments to music and the arts in the hopes that they will continue to sing throughout their lives.
Esther Rhoades, Artistic Director
Esther Ruth Holland Rhoades is thrilled to be the Grand Monadnock Youth Choir’s Artistic Director. There are five GMYC ensembles under her direction, rehearsing in both Peterborough and Keene. Her energetic teaching style, expertise in music, and infectious positivity allow GMYC singers to thrive and grow not only musically, but also as individuals.
Esther has been immersed in choral music since childhood, which inspired her to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Music from the University of Delaware. While at UD, she was the student assistant choral director of the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Paul D. Head. She has also received training at Westminster Choir College. After graduation, she taught public high school chorus and music classes in VT and NH. Additionally, Esther was the Assistant Artistic Director and Conductor of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield in Massachusetts. After returning to Keene, Esther served Keene Unitarian Universalist Church as their Choir Director, and the Monadnock Waldorf High School teaching the a cappella choir.
When you can’t find Esther making music, she is likely hiking, baking cookies, or playing outside with her husband, Jason, and three daughters.