Kimberly Doucette has been Artistic Director of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus since the 2009-2010 season, after serving as an integral part of the artistic staff since 2005. Under her leadership, the WCC has solidified its reputation for vocal artistry, musical literacy, professionalism, and community outreach.
Through her unique training and experience in both singing and music education, Ms. Doucette has forged a reputation for excellence as a conductor, educator and performer. She has served as a presenter, clinician and adjudicator for the American Choral Directors Association and for regional music festivals and conferences. Ms. Doucette maintains an active private voice studio for singers of all ages and has developed a vocal study curriculum designed for younger singers that emphasizes the development of music literacy in addition to vocal technique.
An active performer and soloist, Ms. Doucette has appeared on stage and in concert throughout the region, most notably with OperaDelaware, Delaware ChoralArts, and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. She is currently a member of and frequent soloist with the SsAM Collegium, the professional choral ensemble at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.
Ms. Doucette holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Delaware. She is certified in Elementary General Music by The Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is the Director of Education for OperaDelaware.
Lianna Magerr is a non-profit leader, music educator, and singer who serves as the Executive Director for the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Her love of music and education began when she joined the Wilmington Children’s Chorus as a chorister in 2007. Having worked her way up from chorister to intern, and later from Manager of Operations to Executive Director, she has been a member of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus family since eight grade. Ms. Magerr also works with many area schools and organizations as a teacher, clinician, and organizer, and serves as a director for the Neighborhood Choir program.
Ms. Magerr is a proud alumn of the Leadership Delaware Class of 2020 and continues to model a life-long love of learning in her pursuit of professional development. Her goal is to inspire the children of Delaware to find strength and resiliency within themselves, reach high levels of achievement, and change their world through music.
Philip Doucette has been the Associate Director of WCC since 2009 and served as chorus manager from 2005-2015. Mr. Doucette is the director of WCC’s Tenor/Bass Choir (TBC) and co-directs the other ensembles.
Mr. Doucette’s interest in the human voice has taken him down many paths as a performer, collaborator, teacher, conductor, researcher, and clinician. As a performer, he has extensive professional experience in a variety of styles including opera, oratorio, operetta, choral, musical theater, and popular styles including folk, rock, and pop. As an artistic collaborator and voice teacher, Mr. Doucette has had the pleasure of working with singers and artists of the highest caliber in opera, classical and contemporary concert music, musical theater, choral music, and jazz as well as non-western traditions including classical Arabic and Indian (Hindustani and Carnatic) song.
Phil is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with clinical experience assisting individuals recovering from vocal injury as well as variety of speech, language, and swallowing dysfunctions. He is a member of the Voice Care Team at Philadelphia Ear Nose and Throat Associates where he serves at a Speech-Language Therapist and Singing Voice Specialist.
He has been a featured presenter on issues relating to the changing young male singing voice for regional American Choral Directors Association events and has been a presenting lecturer at several colleges and universities on voice health and care for the high-performance voice user. He is Associate Director of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir. He is a regular reviewer for The Journal of Voice, a peer-reviewed journal of voice medicine and research.
Mr. Doucette holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from West Chester University. He is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, The American Speech and Hearing Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists and The American Choral Directors Association.
Pamela Queen serves as the Program Coordinator for the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. As a native of Wilmington, Delaware, she is passionate about the state and the city of Wilmington. Pam has a background in music in addition to a background in the social services sector. Her interest in music started while singing in choir at the age of five years old at St. Peters Cathedral School, located on West 6th Street. Ms. Queen continued her musical career at Concord High School (home of the Raiders!)
Ms. Queen is also a graduate of Delaware State University, where she was a Senior Resident Assistant, a test proctor, Junior Class Secretary, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After graduating in 2014, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a concentration in Criminal Justice, Ms. Queen prioritized working with children and young adults through positions with Wilmington Job Corps Center and Catholic Charities.
Jill has been a performing arts educator for 15 years. She spent 12 years in the public school system teaching music, choir and theater to students of all ages. Largely, that time was spent working with elementary students developing their love of the arts and helping them become lifelong musicians. Jill also works with many students in studios, theaters and camps helping them to find their voice and the confidence to perform.
Jill is an active educator in the theater world as a director and music director for schools and theaters all around New Jersey. One of her proudest endeavors is directing the spring musicals at her alma mater, Audubon High School. She has also written several original musicals for young performers that have been performed at schools, studio classes and theater camps.
A passion for music developed very early for Jill, as her family is very active in the arts. She discovered a love of singing very early which was amplified when she discovered musical theater. Jill has been in countless musical productions and adores her time on the stage. She has played such roles as Susan in Tick, Tick…Boom, Maureen in Rent, Wednesday in The Addams Family and many more. She also has an instrumental background, being a flutist and the drum major of her high school marching band which led her on a path of musical leadership. She has been lucky enough to perform in several musicals that also allowed the cast to also be instrumentalists. In addition to musical theater, some of Jill’s notable performance experiences have been performing as a guest artist with the South Jersey Pops Orchestra and a Choral Tour of Italy with the Rowan University Concert Choir where they performed at many cathedrals including the Vatican in Rome.
Jill holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Rowan University and continues to learn from every school, choir and theater she works with. One of her favorite parts of being an performing arts educator is seeing students find themselves within their craft and developing friendships and a family along the way.
Ariel AlvaradoTeaching Fellow
Georgia native, Ariel Alvarado is currently pursuing her Master of Music Choral Conducting at The Ohio State University. In addition to her studies, Ariel is a Graduate TA and serves as the Associate Director of Music at Indianola Presbyterian Church. Having grown up with little representation of her identities, Ariel focuses on centering the voices of the marginalized in her musical endeavors.
Notably, Ariel knows just how transformative the role of a children’s chorus can be, having participated in Spivey Hall Children’s Choir since she was 12 years old!
Ladyy DeFined serves as WCC’s teacher for select Neighborhood Choir sites. Ms. DeFined has a robust musical career as a vocalist, artist, performance coach and media professional. Heavily Influenced by an active musical family, she carved out a path all her own. While well versed in studio recording and songwriting you can often find her at the center of a live entertainment experience, widely known to the public under the artistic moniker, LADYY.
Upon Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force, Ladyy decided to further expand her world by attending Delaware State University, graduating with a BA in Mass Communications-Radio Production, minoring in Music Performance.
Ladyy DeFined has found her rhythm in meshing her musical abilities, to the world of media that supports the experience. Through her growing brand FlyyVox, Ladyy DeFined’s voice has been heard in national, international, and local radio/tv spots, including our own DeTV Comcast ch 28. The other side of the coin within the FlyyVox brand is teaching everyone she comes in contact with the best ways to use their vocal instrument, and to perform with PURPOSE!