Amanda K. Gundling
Founder/Artistic Director/Chorale Conductor
Amanda Gundling founded the Westchester Children’s Chorus in the spring of 2015. She has served as a music teacher, choral conductor and vocal coach for the past 12 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance from Syracuse University and a Masters degree in Music Education from New York University.
Amanda currently serves as the Concert Choir Director at Mamaroneck High School and the 7th Grade Choir Director at Hommocks Middle School. Her choirs in the Mamaroneck School District perform both in and outside of their community, travel to collaborate with other ensembles and work with many guest clinicians throughout the school year.
Prior to arriving in Westchester, Amanda taught Choir and General Music in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District and the Huntington School District on Long Island.
In addition to her daily teaching position, Amanda has had wonderful opportunities to be a guest clinician, conductor and leader in the Westchester choral community. She currently serves as the Westchester County Area All State Choral Chairperson. Amanda has served as a guest choral clinician in the Nyack School District, the guest conductor for the Westchester Intermediate All County Choir in 2014, and the guest conductor for the SCMEA Elementary All County Choir on Long Island in 2011.
Amanda has participated in conducting and music education workshops such as The Choral Music Experience at Ithaca College with Dr. Janet Galvan and The Cross Choral Training Workshops with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She has studied voice with Dr. Julianna Sabol and Dr. Linda Larson. She has apprenticed with and studied conducting with Dr. Barbara Tagg, founder and conductor emeritus of the Syracuse Children's Chorus and Dr. John Daly Goodwin, music director emeritus of the New York Choral Society. Amanda was a clinician at the NYSSMA All State Conference in Rochester, New York in 2014 and has presented workshops in music education and choral techniques at New York University.
"I am beyond thrilled with the growth our Westchester Children's Chorus has seen these past few years. The opportunity to share in the artistry, community and beautiful music these extraordinary young musicians create is so very exciting."- Amanda Gundling, 2018
Johna Rae Barrow, Conductor of Cambiata
Johna Rae Barrow has worked as a chorus and general music teacher for the past 5 years. She holds her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Syracuse University. During that time, she conducted and worked with the Syracuse University Concert Choir as the Graduate Assistant for Dr. Elisa Dekaney. She studied voice with Janet Brown and conducting with Dr. John Warren.
Currently, Johna is the Chorus Director at Wells Middle School in the Brewster Central School District, where she teaches Chorus and General Music and serves as the Music Director for the annual Fall musical production.
Johna Rae Barrow is a passionate, skilled and enthusiastic music educator. She has taught chorus and general music at all grade levels in Westchester and Putnam County, New York as well as Fairfax County, Virginia. Her choirs have consistently received Superior (I) ratings and 1st Place rankings at district and local festivals.
Johna builds strong relationships with her students. She believes in empowering her students by teaching them music and personal skills, such as music literacy, goal setting, and practice strategies. Johna hopes that her students can use these skills to pursue and fulfill their musical passions both in and out of the classroom.
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Westchester Children’s Chorus Staff this year. I look forward to a year of outstanding choral music, building relationships with members of the WCChorus community, and being a part of this growing organization.”- Johna Rae Barrow, 2018
Erica Zimmerman, Conductor of Cantus
Erica Zimmerman has been an Elementary General Music Teacher and Choral Director for 15 years. Erica holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, a Master of Music in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, she holds her Kodaly certification from the Hartt School of Music and her Orff Level 1 Certificate from the Trevor Day School.
Erica is currently the Elementary General Music Teacher for grades K through 5 and the Choir Director for grades 4 and 5 at Chatsworth Avenue Elementary School in Larchmont, NY. She has taught at Chatsworth for 11 years. Prior to teaching at Chatsworth, Erica spent four years teaching at Link Elementary School in New City, NY. There she taught General Music for grades K through 5, 4th and 5th grade choir and beginning band. Erica has also taught music theory, levels 1 through 4, at the Rockland Conservatory of Music in Spring Valley, NY and she is currently an EdTPA Scorer for new teachers applying for their New York State Performing Arts Teacher Certification.
Erica is a devoted music educator who values the importance of music education for all children. She consistently holds high expectations for her students and strives to create meaningful and valuable music experiences at all times.
“I am very excited to be part of the Westchester Children’s Chorus team. I am honored to be working with such talented and enthusiastic children. I look forward to a rewarding experience for both the children and myself.”- Erica Zimmerman, 2018