Mary Ellen Yost
Mary Ellen Yost has been the Music Director of the Creswell Community Singers since its inception in September 2016. She is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a degree in Choral Music. Mary Ellen has experience in Choral Conducting, Piano, Voice, Harp, and Guitar. She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra as 2nd Harpist under the direction of Colin Davis. She has sung under the direction of Aaron Copland.
Mary Ellen began working with Choral Music while in junior high school. She has been the Director of Choral Music in high school and junior high schools in Tampa, Florida, and in elementary school in Creswell, Oregon. Her music teaching experience also includes schools in Klamath Falls, and Toledo, Oregon, and private teaching at her home studio.
Keri Davis has been accompanying choirs since she was in the seventh grade. She is accompanist for the choirs at Springfield Public Schools (since 1998) and South Lane SD choirs (since 2012). She has also worked with Women’s Choral Society and various choirs in nearby communities when needed.
In addition to accompanying, she teaches piano from home and is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Eugene. She enjoys playing for musical theatre productions at Cottage Grove High School and the Cottage Theatre. This coming winter Keri will be working at the Shedd as Music Director for the Musical Theatre Training Academy.
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.
We also thank the Chambers Family Foundation for a grant to be used exclusively to purchase choral music.