Clarke County Choral Program

Clarke County HS


Johnson-Williams MS

Choral Programs

Course Information

Teacher: Dr. Janna Brendell

Courses at Clarke County HS:

  • IB Music Theory
  • Music Theory and Songwriting
  • Chamber Choir
  • Concert Choir

Courses at Johnson-Williams MS:

  • 6th Grade Chorus
  • 7th Grade Chorus
  • 8th Grade Chorus

Mission Statement

The Choral Department of Clarke County Public Schools is committed to enriching students’ lives through vocal music. We nurture in each student the development of musical talents, skills, and knowledge. We strive for excellence in performance through the exploration of a diverse array of choral music. Through these experiences, we will foster teamwork, growth in self-esteem, individual and community responsibility, respect for all cultures, and a life-long appreciation of the intrinsic worth of music in the human experience.

The Choral Director

Dr. Janna Brendell is beginning her second year as choral director at CCHS and J-WMS. Before moving to Clarke County, Dr. Brendell was choral director at Gilbert High School (Gilbert, SC) for three years and at Waynesville Middle School (Waynesville, NC) for nine years. In 2013, Dr. Brendell was recognized as the Richard E. Keasler North Carolina Middle School Choral Teacher of the Year. Dr. Brendell holds degrees in Music Education from Mars Hill College, East Carolina University and Florida State University. She began her teaching career as a K-6 music specialist and middle and high school choral director in the Buncombe County School System in Asheville, NC. She also taught choral music education courses, worked with choral student teachers, and conducted choirs at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) for 13 years before choosing to return to public school teaching. She has served as choral clinician and adjudicator for festivals and honor choirs in North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. Dr. Brendell is a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.