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Michelle DiBona Trefren

www.michelledibonatrefren@weebly.com

Professional Objective
My goal is to engage with the community through educational and musical means. As a professional choral
musician and conductor, I have a keen interest in choral arts as well as instrumental and musical theatre arts.

Key Skills
- Music performance as choral/instrumental conductor, pianist, organist, vocalist.
- Management skills for coordinating various performing groups.
- Music educator: general music, piano, vocal

Education
Graduate Teacher Preparation March 2014
Music K-12 Certification
Westminster Choir College of Rider University Aug. 2012
M.M. Conducting, with distinction
Syracuse University May 2010
B.M. Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude
Minor in French and Francophone Studies
Syracuse University Academic Accolades
Deans List 2006-2010
Hira Poncha Memorial Award for Excellence in Piano Performance 2009
Arthur Poister Award for Excellence in Organ Performance 2009
Earl George Award for Excellence in Choral Music 2010
Westminster Choir College Accolades
Conductor for Convocation Benediction 2012

Work Experience
Central Presbyterian Church, Music Minister 2016-Present
717-264-4113, Rev. Scott Bowman
- Direct Childrens Music, Adult Bell Choir, Adult Chancel Choir in weekly, monthly, and
seasonal anthems
- Coordinate worship planning with pastor and develop music outreach
- Oversee management of instruments and guest musicians
- Wedding coordinator

Mothers Day Out, Preschool Music Teacher 2016-Present


717-264-4113, Kathy Klink, Director
- Teach Musikgarten for babies through age 5

Music Teacher, Yokohama International School, Japan 2015-2016


+81(0)45-622-0084, Craig Coutts, Head of School
- Pre-K - Grade 4 General Music, Applied Piano and Voice Grades 6-12
- Direct Elementary, Middle, High School, and Faculty Choirs
- Assistant Coach, Track and Field

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Michelle DiBona Trefren
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Music Director, Tokyo International Childrens Choir Aug. 2014 - Present
www.tokyochildrenschoir.com
- An extra-curricular choir, for ages 6-13, whose goal is to provide a high quality music
experience.
- Plan two concerts per year in addition to fundraising and promotional events.

Chapel of Hope Protestant Choir Director 2014-Present
- Lead weekly rehearsals, monthly anthems, special music

Private Piano and Voice Instructor 2014-Present


- Maintain a studio of 28 students, ages 4-40
- Lead weekly & monthly group classes in addition to semi-annual recitals

Teacher, Pennsbury High School, Choral Department Jan-Mar 2014


Fairless Hills, PA, Elizabeth V. Hohwieler, James D. Moyer, cooperating teachers
- Lead warm-ups & rehearsals for 9th Grade Womens Choir, 10th-12th Grade Womens Ensemble,
Falconairs (afterschool, womens ensemble), 10th Grade Chorale (mixed choir)
- Voice Lab: Teach students about the voice and help student discover their own singing voice through
solo singing.
- Musical Theatre Production, Barnum, pianist

Teacher, General Vocal Music, Fairhill Elementary/Middle School 2012-2013
Philadelphia Public School District, PA
215-291-4711, Ms. Darlene Lomax-Garrett, Sheppard School, current principal
- Teach general vocal music to grades K-8 including singing, playing various percussion
instruments, movement, music literacy, and music history.
- Lead community outreach through a Winter Concert, Talent Show, and Spring Assembly.
- Accomplishments: Developed extracurricular Girls Choir, Boys Choir, and Junior Choir

Music Director, First United Methodist Church of Somerville, NJ 2010-Mar 2014


908-725-1473, Dr. Rev. David Lehmkuhl
- Oversee four choirs: Adult Chancel Choir (director), Youth Choir (director), Adult Bell Choir,
Junior Bell Choir.
- Direct and lead Adult Chancel Choir in weekly anthem presentation, Christmas Concert, and
Music Appreciation Sunday (in addition to major Christian holidays).
- Coordinate service planning with the pastor. Manage instruments. Provide organ and piano
music for weekly services, funerals, and weddings.
- Accomplishments: Developed Youth Choir

Conducting Assistant/Fellow
Princeton Girlchoir, Lynnel J. Jenkins, Artistic Director Sep 2013-Mar 2014
Pennsbury Community Chorus, James Moyer, Artistic Director Sept.-Dec. 2012
Westminster Choir College, Dr. Miller, Dr. Jordan, Dr. Megill 2010-2012
Syracuse Childrens Choir, Dr. Barbara Tagg, Director Emeritus 2009-2010
- Assist in rehearsal, warm-ups, team-building activities
- Teach music literacy and musicianship skills
- Organize and manage performances involving over 200 musicians

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Accompanist/section leader, Syracuse University


University Singers, Dr. John Warren, director 2009-2010
Womens Choir, Dr. Barbara Tagg, director Aug. 2006-Dec. 2007

Co-founder/director of Cantamus Amare 2009


- A 16-voice vocal ensemble formed for choral conducting graduate applicants to raise money for
music education
- Rehearse choir and organize benefit concerts

Additional Organ and Choral Work Experience


Grace Episcopal Church, Syracuse, NY 2006-2010
St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Palisades Park, NJ 2004-2006
St. John Nepomencene (Holy Redeemer), Guttenburg, NJ 2003-2005
St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Englewood, NJ 2005-2009
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fort Lee, NJ 2004-2005

Professional Affiliations
American Choral Directors Association
National Association for Music Education

Conferences, Symposiums, Professional Training


Music and the Integrated Curriculum, Doug Goodkin, Japan 2016
IB Workshop, Making PYP Happen in the Classroom, Yokohama, Japan 2015
Orff Level I Certification, San Francisco International Orff Course Aug. 2015
Teaching Kodaly, Westminster Choir College, NJ, Dr. Al Holcomb Aug. 2013
ACDA National and Divisional Conventions 2010-2012
Continued Professional Development Conferences 2005-2010
- Piano, Conducting, and Voice

References
References available upon request.

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