Nassau Treble Choir

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE

The Nassau Treble Choir, led by Music Director Craig B. Knapp, is a vocal ensemble comprised of students in grades 4-6. Rehearsals focus on healthy vocal production and technique, solfège, sight-singing, and musicianship skills while exploring quality choral literature, authentic singing games, and creative activities. The choir performs unison to 3-part treble repertoire. MYO Children’s Treble Choirs are for unchanged children’s voices.


ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

Craig B. Knapp, Nassau and Suffolk Treble Choirs (MYO)

Craig B. Knapp is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and has been teaching Classroom Music and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, in the Rocky Point School District since 1998. With his innovative and energetic approach to music education, Mr. Knapp directs the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Treble Choirs for students in grades 4-6. Craig also directs the Stony Brook University Summer Youth Choir. Mr. Knapp is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University. He is also the director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program at Stony Brook University, where he instructs children in Pre-K through 6th grade. Craig is the co-author of the GIA published book, “First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play.”

Craig is a sought-after clinician and choral conductor and has guest conducted for the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association Elementary Honors Choir, New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association Elementary Honors Choir, Kodály Organization of New York “Voices United” Festival, Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association Elementary ChorusFest and various All-County chorus groups throughout New York. Craig has presented elementary classroom music and choral workshops at various music education conferences, including national conferences for the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, American Orff Schulwerk Association and Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Mr. Knapp is a Past-President of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association and is actively involved with the New York State School Music Association, currently serving on their Curriculum Committee. Craig holds Lifetime Memberships in ACDA, FAME and OAKE.

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ABOUT THE PIANIST

Kaitlin Melker is currently the Director of Choral Activities at W.T. Clarke High School in the East Meadow School District. From 2013-2018, Kaitlin was the Choral Director at Copiague Middle School, where she conducted four choral ensembles and directed several of the school’s musicals. During her tenure at Copiague, Mrs. Melker’s Chamber Chorus performed annually at NYSSMA Major Organization Festivals where they received consistent ratings of “Gold” and “Gold with Distinction.” Kaitlin has been with The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York since September 2013, where she has served as the piano accompanist for the MYO Suffolk Treble Choir. She has also performed as a piano accompanist for the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) Division III West All-County Chorus ensembles, the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) PEAK Festival, the NMEA Division I East All-County Chorus and the Stony Brook University Summer Youth Choir. Mrs. Melker has been a guest choral conductor for the Putnam County Music Educators Association (PCMEA) 7th/8th Grade All-County Chorus, the NYSSMA Zone 15 Junior High Area All-State Festival and the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) PEAK Festival. In 2013, Kaitlin became a founding member of the eVoco Voice Collective under the direction of Dr. David Fryling. Kaitlin Melker earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude. She earned a Master of Arts with Distinction in Music Education from Hofstra University, where she served as a graduate assistant choral conductor to Dr. David Fryling.


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PAST SEASON REPERTOIRE

Repertoire performed by the Nassau Treble Choir in the 2021-2022 season included:

  • A Small Suite – Alicia Lewis
  • Ah, Poor Bird – Traditional English Canon, arr. Shelly Cooper
  • Al Shlosha D’Varim – Allan E. Naplan
  • Animal Imagination – Tom Shelton
  • Dormi Dormi – Italian Carol, arr. Mary Goetze
  • Fairest Lady (№ 7 from The Nursery Rhyme Cantata) – Nick Page
  • Flooding Rains – Harley Mead
  • I Ask for One Day – Jim Papoulis
  • John Henry – Traditional Railroad Work Song, arr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Kookaburra – Australian Folksong, arr. Melissa Keylock and Jill Friedersdorf
  • Lazy John – Appalachian Folksong, arr. Nancy Allsbrook and Glenda Goodin
  • Three Quotes by Mark Twain – Andrea Ramsey