Youth Choirs

About the Chairperson

Chairperson:  Amy Story

Originally from Forty Fort, Pa., Amy T. Story received her B.S. and M.S from Mansfield University.  She spent the last three years teaching five choirs at the Alternative School for Math & Science in Corning, New York, serving as the seventh grade team leader and directing the school musical. Her groups at ASMS included the 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade choirs, as well as the Owl Chorale (treble choir), and the Boys Ensemble. Prior to ASMS, Mrs. Story taught for eighteen years in the Canandaigua City School District, including fourteen years as the choral director at Canandaigua Academy, where she directed the Mixed Chorus, Women’s Choir, Madrigal Choir, and Jazz Choir.  While at the Academy her groups all received “Superior” ratings at Fiesta-val and Festival of Music invitational festivals, performed annually with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with Rochester’s vocal group, Madrigalia, and were part of commissioning new choral works.   At Canandaigua, her choirs worked with many visiting conductors and composers, including Paul Basler, Eric Whitacre, Z. Randall Stroope, Jeff Tyzik, Michael Butterman, and Cy Stretansky.  She was the music director for thirteen Academy Player’s productions. Prior to Canandaigua Academy, she taught at the Canandaigua Middle School, at Northside Blodgett Middle School (Corning-Painted Post School District) and also at Arkport Central School.  Amy has conducted many Area All State and All County Groups in Pennsylvania and New York at both the middle school and high school level and serves as a NYSSMA vocal adjudicator.  She is a member of NYSSMA, MENC, and ACDA, listed in Who’s Who in America and named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  She has been a cooperating teacher for Mansfield University, Ithaca College and Crane (SUNY Potsdam). In 2007, she was awarded the Rochester Philharmonic Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators in the category of Choral Director.  This year for the twelfth time, she will co-direct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Gala Choir.  She was nominated by community members for the 2010 Athena Award recognizing leadership qualities.  In 2011, she was named to the Mansfield University Music Honor Roll and in 2012 she was presented with the Helen Kemp Award for “Lifetime Commitment to Excellence in Choral Music” by the American Choral Directors Association. Having just moved to Massachusetts, she is looking forward to more opportunities to contribute to ACDA and the wonderful world of choral music.