The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 and has established a unique place in the arts community of Southern New Hampshire, filling a critical need for performing arts education and joyful musical experience for young people who love to sing.
In the Fall of 2011 we decided to make a name change in order to reflect the regional nature of the various choirs. The Peterborough Children’s Choir is now known as the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs.
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs imagines a world full of people who support artistic endeavors of all types; who understand and respect the diversity of humankind; and who embrace life’s work collaboratively, creatively, and with confidence.
The GMYC provides a place for young singers to share the rewarding experience of making music together, teaching proper singing techniques, musicianship, and fundamentals of concert performance. Through the exploration and performance the highest quality music available for young voices, the GMYC encourages active listening, teaches the acceptance of constructive criticism, while actively participating in the musical life of their community. The GMYC plants the seeds of wisdom and nurtures a lifelong commitment to creative expression, resulting in the development of individuals who are capable of working together to create positive change in the world around them.
About the Director, Maria Belva
Maria is a professional choral conductor and private voice teacher based in Peterborough, NH. Her voice studio serves students of varying abilities and needs, from timid beginners to experienced soloists, and of all ages, from children to adults. She is a Certified McClosky Voice Technician. Her current choral conducting activities include her position as director of the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, which in its sixteenth year consists of more than 65 children in four auditioned ensembles; and the music directorship of the Peterborough Unitarian Church. Maria also is active as a soprano soloist throughout the Monadnock region, and in this capacity she has performed leading roles in operatic and musical theatre productions and appears often in churches, community events, benefits, and occasional solo recitals.
- BA in Psychology and Education at State University of NY at Potsdam
- Master of Music in Choral Conducting, University of Maine