A Faith-Centered Community Choir
for Students in Grades 6-12
Briana Gresko, a National Board Certified Teacher, received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, summa cum laude, and her Master's degree with emphasis in Choral Conducting from Mansfield University, under the direction of Dr. Peggy Dettwiler. She has completed additional graduate work at the International Kodaly Seminar (Kecskemèt, Hungary), the Rene Clausen Choral School (Concordia College, Minnesota), and the Summer Institute for A.P. Music Theory (West Virginia University). Over the past decade, her choirs at both the middle school and high school levels consistently received superior ratings. Currently, she is the choral director and lead music teacher at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland where she also teaches AP Music Theory, Honors Music Theory, and Piano classes. Mrs. Gresko has served as the piano accompanist for Voices In Praise since 2000.
Sandy Melson Griese has been a music educator for 30+ years having taught at all levels from Kindergarten to High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Penn State, and is the Director of Choral Music at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County. She accompanies various school choirs, musicals, and honors ensembles. Sandy serves as the Sanctuary Choir director and Organist at Friendship United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she has been the music director for shows with 2nd Star Productions in Bowie including Mary Poppins, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, and Singing in the Rain.
SANDY MELSON GRIESE
Holly Reynolds Lee has been the Director of Voices In Praise since 1998, employing a combination of high energy, strong musicianship, enthusiasm and discipline to grow the group from 7 members to 50 singers today. Mrs. Lee oversees all VIP activities including music selection and preparation; faith-building and spiritual growth; parent/student/alumni/community communications; strategic planning; fundraising; choir tour; administration, budgeting, and purchasing; partnership development; and more. Mrs. Lee holds an M.A. in Communications, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.