Faculty

Leslie Moruza Dripps has been teaching with City Singers Youth Choirs since 2007 and assumed the roles of artistic director in 2009 and executive director in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and Orff I certification at VCU and has taught choral and vocal music at the elementary, middle and high school levels, from public school to church settings, frequently adjudicating choral festivals and directing all-area choral ensembles throughout Virginia. Leslie is currently serving as the R&R Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs for the Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  She also is a published composer and performer with commercial and film credits with her band “Moruza.”

 

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Mara Smith began working with City Singers Youth Choirs in 2010 and directs Elementary Choir.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and earned her Orff I certification in 2015 and Orff II certification in 2016. She is the music educator at Pearson’s Corner Elementary School in Hanover County, and is an active singer,  performer and composer spanning both the classical and folk-rock music worlds.

 

 

Shannon Earley keeps CSYC running as Business Manager.  Mom to three future City Singers, Mrs. Earley is active in her church’s youth education, theater and women’s service programs, coordinating and directing numerous events each year.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 



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