Botetourt Music Academy will be opening in the Fall 2021, offering a children’s choir for ages 9-12. Focused on building community, all are welcome to join together in song, from every faith, every school, every home. Training will include theory, sight-singing, healthy vocal singing, and teamwork, laying a strong musical foundation that can cross all musical endeavors. The mission behind this choir is to create ambassadors of music--children who learn fluency in music through a foundation of knowing the simplicity of solfege, children who become life-long learners of any subject, and children who will grow into adult concert-goers. Though this choir is not performance based, members of the choir will have the opportunity to be showcased at local churches four times a year. The choir will rehearse on Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm beginning September 1, 2021. The first semester ends December 15, 2021. Tuition is $100 (September through December).
Lisa Uotinen, Collaborative Pianist, studied piano in high school and at Wheaton College. After college, she joined the Music and Dance Staff at Colonial Williamsburg and performed solo and ensemble Baroque and Classical music on the harpsichord in recitals, concerts and educational programs. After receiving a Master’s in Education from Virginia Tech, she taught Work and Family Studies for Roanoke County middle and high schoolers. She is currently the pianist for Church of the Transfiguration in Fincastle. She is married to Karl and has 3 children. They live in Botetourt County.
Returning to her native Virginia and living in Botetourt County, Anna de Groot-Preston, Artistic Director, delights in her life as a teacher, an accompanist, and a vocal coach. A seasoned teacher of 24 years, Anna has served on the piano faculty of Westminster Conservatory as well as Shenandoah University’s Arts Academy. Anna has accompanied choirs along the east coast and as far west as Michigan, including The American Boychoir, The Princeton GirlChoir, Princeton ProMusica, and the choirs at Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition, she has loved collaborating with conductors across the world at honors choir events for the American Choral Director Association. Currently, Anna is pleased to collaborate with Opera Roanoke, as well as the Roanoke Symphony, and she is busy teaching her wonderful piano students. Commencing her eighth year, she serves on the board for Woman, Cradle of Abundance, a non-profit that empowers women in the Congo, and is creating a lasting concert series for their benefit. Most recently, Anna has been named Minister of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fincastle and is beginning a children’s choir through the Botetourt Music Academy. Anna greatly enjoys being a mom of two young children and two extraordinary step-children.