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​GIRLS CHOIR

Julia Fahey,
Artistic Director

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Julia Fahey
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Julia Fahey is a singer, conductor and music educator working with choirs and choral music for over 30 years.

Ms. Fahey is the founder and artistic director of the International award-winning Partners in Praise Girls Choir – formed in 1994 to perform with Donny Osmond in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The choir won the audition and performed over fifty shows with Mr. Osmond. The experience was life changing and spiritual for Fahey and her singers.

Since then, PIP has performed at many ACDA, MMEA, NCEA Conferences and the 50th Anniversary for ISME, International Society of Music Educators in the Canary Islands. The choir participates in national and international choral festivals and competitions. 
    
The choir has performed on concert stages worldwide: Australia, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, England, Ireland, Canada, Hawaii and within the USA. Ms. Fahey and her choirs have had the privilege to sing under internationally renowned conductors such as: Bob Chilcott, Maria Guinand, Stephen Leek, Elena Sharkova, Judith Willoughby, Joan Gregoryk’s, Alice Parker, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Eric Knapp, Z. Randall Stroope, Pekka Kostiainen and Stephen Hatfield.

Ms. Fahey is proud to be on the faculty at the Convent of the Visitation School and Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights for the past 25 years.  She teaches world music and choir to Middle School students, produces and directs the Middle School Musical each year, gives vocal instruction and works with talented and gifted students in “Pops Group”. She also directs the Saint Thomas Academy High School Choir.

She established the Children's Choral program at Peace Lutheran Church in 1988 and continues to direct the choir.

In addition to conducting and teaching, Julia has maintained a professional singing career. She toured with the Main Street Singers for many years, sang with other professional groups, and performed with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. She continues to perform as a guest soloist and also with her husband Chris.

Ms. Fahey is a choir enthusiast with a passion for children's voices. Her unique abilities inspire young musicians to a stirring level of excellence and keeps her in high demand.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou
Patricia McPherson​
Pianist
Patricia McPherson is an active soloist and chamber musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her solo performances have included appearances with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestras, the Raleigh Symphony, and the University of North Carolina Symphony.

Ms. McPherson has appeared at the Oregon Piano Festival and was a regional winner and national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Ms. McPherson was the festival accompanist at the Somerset International Children’s Choral Festival in Sherborne, England. McPherson holds a M.M. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.M. from Boston University where she was a student of Bela Nagy. She also was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she supervised the festival’s accompanying program.

Currently on the faculty of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio at home and at Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Ms. McPherson collaborates with several Twin Cities choirs, including Partners in Praise Girls Choir and the Music Association of Minnetonka Youth Choir Program.
 
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