My name is Nancy Chmielewski and I teach 5th-7th Grade Music Appreciation and conduct the 4th-8th Grade Choruses. Under my direction, the 7th and 8th grade choruses have received ten out of eleven SUPERIOR ratings at the High Notes Festival. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and completed my Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. As a member of the prestigious Westminster Symphonic Choir, I had the opportunity to work with world renown conductors Kurt Masur, Helmut Rilling, Zdenek Macal, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, I was the choral director at Willingboro High School in Willingboro, NJ where my jazz choirs regularly placed in the top-three at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival in Boston, MA. Two of my high school soloists won the highest individual vocal award for this competition. As musical director for “Little Shop of Horrors,” I received a nomination for Best Musical Direction for the High School Music Theater Awards at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. I conducted the NJ Honors Jazz Choir in 2005 and 2006. I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Phi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and NAfME (formerly MENC).
Outside of my work at Brandywine, I am music director for First United Church of Christ in Quakertown, PA. where I conduct various vocal and handbell groups. When I’m not making music or conducting choruses, I enjoy reading, watching football, and shooting fireworks with my husband.