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Madrigals

The Madrigal Singers represent a long tradition of musical excellence at Greenwich Academy. The Upper School treble ensemble has received invitations to perform both regionally and internationally. In December 2004, they performed at a private reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House. In 2008, they received an invitation to perform at the National Association of Independent School Annual Convention at Radio City Music Hall in New York. On April 7, 2013, the Madrigals were invited to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at a New York Mets baseball game.

In 2012 the Madrigals traveled from Barcelona to Paris, performing in cathedrals in Figueres, Aix-en-Provence and Albi, with a final concert in Paris at Basilique Ste-Clotilde. In 2014 the Madrigals toured Scandinavia. Their 2017 tour of Ireland included concerts in various cities including Dublin, Killarney, and Gallway. Their 2019 tour of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, included a concert at the famous Rock church of Helsinki.

Erica McCants became the conductor of Madrigals in the fall of 2019. She earned her bachelor of music education and vocal performance certificate from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Before coming to Greenwich Academy, she taught at Hyde Park Middle School in Hyde Park, NY for four years and at the DreamYard Arts in Education Program in the Bronx for two years. Ms. McCants came to Greenwich Academy in the fall of 2005 as a middle school music teacher. She served as Performing Arts Department Chair from 2012-2018. In addition to Madrigals she is also the vocal director and conductor for the Upper School fall musical, directs Bel Canto, Gospel Choir, teaches Group V music classes and coordinates the private lesson program.

Dianne Kelley Ellis, accompanist, is the director of the Lower School music program at Greenwich Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance at the State University of New York at Purchase, and a Masters in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. She received Kodály certification through Level III from the Kodály Music Institute in Boston. Mrs. Ellis served as interim director of the Madrigals during the spring of 1997.

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