Jessica Waterhouse is a musician regarded for her eclectic musical interests, passion for learning and teaching, and enthusiasm for the choral art.
She has spent the last 6 years as a middle school choir director in both the assistant and head director capacities. Choirs under her direction have won numerous superior ratings at UIL Contest, as well as various festival awards, including best in class and grand champion.
In addition to directing, Waterhouse is an avid researcher, constantly learning new ways to engage students in music. Most notably, Waterhouse creates and presents games as a quick way for not only teaching a concept, but also as a way to assess learning in her classroom.
Currently, Waterhouse teaches private voice for both middle and high school, as well as continuing her pursuit of games, engaged music classrooms, and student leadership. She earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Texas State University-San Marcos, studying with the late Leonore Sergi and Dr. Naymond Thomas.
Mel Daneke is a contemporary performer, teacher, arranger, and producer. With an extensive knowledge in vocal techniques and pedagogy, her workshops and masterclasses have been featured at Boston Sings Festival, SoJam A Cappella Festival, Kettering A Cappella Festival, Sing! Texas, UK Voices Festival, New Jersey A Cappella Festival, the National A Cappella Convention, and NJ American Choral Directors Association (NJ ACDA). Mel is continuously researching new ways of releasing each students greatest vocal potential. She is most known for her flexibility between classical, jazz, pop, and musical theatre singing. With her students, she works to establish a solid vocal technique foundation utilizing dalcroze, sight singing, and bel canto.
Mel performs with vocal band, Musae, as the group’s Vocal Percussionist and Live Producer. With Musae, she’s traveled extensively headlining and performing at festivals in Europe, China, Taiwan, and all over the United States. Her vocal work has won Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and appeared on compilations like Sing!, Best of High School A Cappella, Voices Only, and Voices Only Forte. Mel graduated from Ithaca College in December of 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, minor in Audio Production, and also studied Music Education. While in college she performed in three of her own conceptual recitals and in the IC Opera Studio, Opera Workshops, IC Opera, Choral Ensembles, Percussion and Steel Band Ensemble, and smaller madrigal ensembles. She’s traveled to Germany performing in the International Performing Arts Institute to further her performance training. Mel was the conductor, arranger, and choreographer of Ithaca College’s all-female award winning a cappella group, Premium Blend.