School of Performing Arts: Children's Chorus Background

The ISU Children's Chorus was founded in 1987 by Kay Paulson. The purpose of the group was and still is to introduce young singers to the art of choral singing with an emphasis on music education and quality choral literature.

The past choral directors for the chorus are listed in chronological order:

Kay Paulson

Lynn Brinckmeyer

Becky Moore

Debra Larkin

Bruce Bowman

Mary Ann Moser

Ann Bringhurst

Jana Saunders

Present co-directors are:

Becky Moore

Sarah Davids

Becky and Sarah are a mother/daughter teaching team. Both are graduates of Idaho State University with Music Education Degrees.

As a child, Sarah was a member of the ISU Children's Chorus, under the direction of Kay Paulson, Lynn Brinckmeyer, and her mother, Becky. Sarah participated in Junior High and High School select choirs and was chosen for the Idaho All-State and All North-West choirs. After graduating from ISU in 2003with her music degree, she married and moved to Yakima, Washington and taught Junior High and High School choir as well as private voice lessons. She and her family moved back to Pocatello in 2008. She has continued to teach private voice and began co-directing the ISU Children's Chorus in the Fall of 2009. She and her husband have three young boys.

Becky graduated as "Outstanding Vocalist" from ISU in 1988 with her Music Education degree. She taught Junior High and High School choir and private voice for the past 22 years. She retired from teaching in the public school system in 2009 and with her daughter Sarah, began directing the ISU Children's Chorus soon after. Becky and her husband, Gary, have three sons, 6 grandsons, and one grand-daughter. She and her husband Will have three young boys with a little girl due very soon.

Becky graduated as “Outstanding Vocalist” from ISU in 1988 with her Music Education degree. During the past 35 years she has taught music in the middle schools, junior highs and high schools (21 years.) ,She directed the ISU Children’s Chorus in the early nineties (3 years) and directed her church’s children’s choir (7 years,) directed the adult choir ( ten years,) as well as private voice (35 years.) She directed the music for several community musicals and has performed with ISU’s Camerata Singers off and on for 21 years. She retired from teaching in the public school system in 2009. At that time she decided to return to the ISU Children’s Chorus along with her daughter Sarah. They are now entering their 5th year as Co-Directors!

Becky and her husband, Gary, have three sons and one daughter, ten grand-children with another on the way!

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