Amanda K. Gundling
Founder/Artistic Director/Chorale Conductor
Amanda K. Gundling hails from Long Island, NY. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse she studied voice with Dr. Julianna Sabol and conducting with Dr. Barbara Tagg, founder and conductor emeritus of the Syracuse Children's Chorus. Upon graduating from Syracuse University she went on to receive her Masters degree in Music Education from New York University, where she studied voice with Dr. Linda Larsen and conducting with Dr. John Daly Goodwin, music director emeritus of the New York Choral Society.
Amanda currently serves as the concert choir director at Mamaroneck High School and the 8th 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.
Amanda brings to the Westchester community her teaching experience gained in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District on Long Island. Prior to accepting her current position in Mamaroneck, she taught 7th & 8th grade choir and general music at both middle schools in the district.
In addition to her daily teaching position Amanda has had the wonderful opportunities to be a guest clinician and conductor. She has served as a guest choral clinician in the Nyack School District, has been the guest conductor for the Westchester Intermediate All County Choir in 2014 and the SCMEA Elementary All County Choir on Long Island in 2011.
Amanda continues her professional conducting and music education studies by participating in workshops such as The Choral Music Experience, working at Ithaca College with Dr. Janet Galvan and The Cross Choral Training Workshops with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She 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 to begin collaborating and creating beautiful music with the Westchester Children's Chorus. The opportunity to share in the artistry and excitement that a choir can foster is so very exciting."- Amanda Gundling, 2015
Johna Rae Barrow, Conductor of Cambiata
Johna Rae Barrow is a passionate, skilled and enthusiastic music educator.
Johna received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Syracuse University. During that time, she conducted and worked with Syracuse University’s Concert Choir as the Graduate Assistant for Dr. Elisa Dekaney. She studied voice with Janet Brown and conducting with Dr. John Warren.
As a music educator, Johna has worked in elementary, middle, and high schools in Westchester County, New York and Fairfax County, Virginia, primarily teaching chorus and general music. Her choirs have consistently received Superior (I) ratings and 1st Place rankings at district and state 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 music passions both in and out of the classroom.
As a singer, Johna has performed with choral ensembles throughout the world, including Argentina, Brazil and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Most recently, Johna was a soprano of Voce Chamber Singers, “Northern Virginia’s premier choral ensemble” (Washington Post), under the direction of Dr. Richard Giarusso.
Currently, Johna is a General Music Teacher for Elementary Schools within the White Plains City School District.
“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.”
Erica Zimmerman, Conductor of Cantus
Erica Zimmerman 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.
Erica holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Upon graduating from Crane, she went on to receive her Master of Music in Music Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In addition, Erica is a fully certified Kodaly teacher from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, CT.
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 Certification.
Erica is very excited to join the WCC team this semester. She is honored to be working with such talented and enthusiastic children. She looks forward to a rewarding experience for both the children and herself.