Teri Fay, Artistic Director / Conductor - Singing for 2nd Graders and Bel Canto
has directed CDCC choirs for each of its 18 seasons.
Hired as founding director of the grade 4-6 choir, (now called Bel Canto) she assumed the duties of Artistic Director in 2001.
Teri is also the founding director of Angelica, which she led from its inception in 2005 until the spring of 2015.
Most recently, she
developed and teaches the "Singing for 2nd Graders" and "Super Summer Singing" classes.
Teri's vision for CDCC
has taken it from 1 choir of 75 to seven different performing/teaching segments in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
is honored to have performed at many local and state functions over the past years with the CDCC choirs she
Teri, recently retired from the Bismarck Public Schools, served the education community as an Elementary Music Specialist and Band Director at Dorothy Moses School in Bismarck.
Being one of the first Orff teachers in the area, she
not only brought about many changes in how music was being taught in the public school district, but also conceived the idea for the Bismarck Public Schools
Band Camp and, together with Bob Beck, established this unique opportunity for children to begin learning their instrument.
The Dorothy Moses Band, under Teri
's direction, was the first elementary band to march in the annual Band Night Parade, and Teri was the organizational force behind the Bismarck 6th Grade All-Star Marching Band.
served on many special projects for the school district and holds memberships in many professional organizations.
plays horn in the Missouri River Community Band, West River Winds, the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and the Bismarck-Mandan Wind Ensemble.
also spent many years as a cantor, pianist, organist, and choir director at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Because of her
dedication to the school district and community, Teri
received the 2000 Crystal Apple Award from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
Teri is the composer of "That's What North Dakota is to Me," used at the state Centennial Celebration in 1989 and performed every year by Bel Canto.
A North Dakota native, Teri is a graduate of Minot State University with additional graduate work done at the University of Colorado.
has earned a Level III Certificate in Orff (studying with Jos Wuytack), a Level I Certificate in the Kodaly Method and completed Level II of Creating Artistry with Henry Leck.