Our student and graduate success stories are music to our ears, and so we were thrilled to hear that five of our current student musicians will be playing in the 2020 Archdiocesan Honor and Festival Bands! And two of our students have sung their way into the Festival Chorus!
The Honor Band (6th to 8th graders) will perform at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield (Delaware County) on Friday night, February 7, 2020, and again at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, April 21. The Festival Band Concert (mostly 4th and 5th graders) is on Sunday afternoon, March 8, at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford. The Festival Chorus Concert takes place at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster on Wednesday night, April 1.
In the meantime, GSC’s music teacher, Mr. Mark Urmson, reports that five students will be auditioning for the Archdiocesan Honor Chorus (grades 7-8) on Sunday, December 1. The Honor Chorus performs at the Wood and Kimmel concerts.
Congratulations and good luck, everyone! You make us #GSCProud!
For more information about the Archdiocesan Elementary Music Festivals, click here.
My name is Melissa Gregory, and I am excited to begin the new school year teaching 5th grade at Good Shepherd Catholic School.
I grew up in New York state’s Hudson Valley, and I attended the State University of New York College at Geneseo, majoring in psychology. I moved to Pennsylvania after graduation and worked several years doing social work in Philadelphia. I’ve always enjoyed working with children, but knew that my calling was in education. I returned to school, attending Holy Family University, where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Education with certifications in elementary and special education. I began my teaching career at the School District of Philadelphia, teaching Kindergarten and then 3rd grade. As my family grew, I took some years off to care for them. I returned to teaching a few years ago at the Abington School District where I held long term and per diem substitute positions. I am thrilled to be returning to teaching full-time at Good Shepherd.
I now live in Ardsley with my husband, Kevin, and four children Connor (18), who recently began his education at Kutztown University, Abigail and Aiden (13) and Hadley (12). As a family, we are active in Queen of Peace, and my husband and I are entering our 6th year volunteering with the Queen of Peace PREP program. As a family, we enjoy the beach, traveling, and just spending time together.
I have a strong love and foundation for my Catholic faith, as well as a strong love for teaching. What better way to fulfill my calling than through a career teaching at Good Shepherd! I hope to pass on my love of learning to my students, guiding them toward their future.