Former Director: Mary Ellen Yost
Mary Ellen Yost is a founding member of the Creswell Community Singers, that began in September 2016. She directed from its inception until Fall of 2022. Previously her choral directing experience included directing choral music in elementary through high school choirs from Tampa, Florida to Creswell, Oregon. Mary Ellen is an accomplished musician in voice, piano, guitar, and harp. She performed as a 2nd harpist with the London Symphony Orchestra. She has touched many lives, and our continued thoughts and prayers will stay with Mary Ellen and her family as her health recovers due to an accident in November 2022.
Rebecca Laird started accompanying choirs in high school in Havre, Montana where she grew up. She graduated with her bachelor’s in piano performance from Abilene Christian University where she studied with the late Pauline Kung Bjorem. Rebecca participated in masterclasses taught by Ronald Rathbun and Van Cliburn Crystal winner Sean Chen. She then graduated with her master’s in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon, having studied under Dean Kramer and Claire Wachter.
In addition to accompanying the Creswell Community Singers, Rebecca teaches piano lessons and preschool music.
Joan Travis Kelley
Choir Manager and Music Librarian
Joan has been involved with church and school choirs since preschool. Since 1991, she has been a member of adult choral groups: Songspinners and Creswell Presbyterian Church Choir.
She was one of the original seven who began singing in the Creswell Community Choir. She keeps choir members informed, organized, and helps this group touch the lives of people in our community by:
- Informing Singers of the Rehearsal Plans, coming events, and birthdays
- Number, hand out, collect, and store music
- Update song lists
- Greet Singers as they come to rehearsals and provide them with music and information
- Work with new members to get music, name tags and welcome them to CCS
Joan Travis Kelley believes that music is very important. It soothes our minds, lifts our spirits and gives voice to how we feel. It is a gift we give ourselves and brings us joy each time we sing, and hopefully, does the same for others who are listening.
The Creswell Community Singers want to thank Creswell First!, a foundation created to help encourage, and facilitate helpful projects in Creswell, Oregon.