The Molin School Children’s Chorus was founded in September 2011 under the musical direction of Gina McKeown and assistant director, Allison Balentine. The chorus grew out of a need for creative art programs for the Molin School’s 4th and 5th grade students and has maintained an enrollment of 40 children for the past 3 years. The chorus meets twice a week after school for eight weeks in the Fall. The chorus has performed at the Molin School Winter Concerts and was invited to sing for a Newburyport School Committee meeting. This concert joins the chorus with the Newburyport Choral Society as part of its We Sing! community outreach program. Gina and Allison are in the early stages of creating a community-wide children’s chorus for the Greater Newburyport Community.
Music Director, Gina Mckeown, holds a Masters of Music from Illinois State University with an emphasis in Music Therapy. She has directed the Molin School Children’s Chorus for the past 3 years and has been Music Director for both adult and all-girls Collegiate Choirs in Illinois. Gina has taught voice and piano, her principal instrument, to all ages and currently is in private practice teaching piano. She has previously sung with the Masterworks Chorale in Cambridge, MA.
Assistant Director, Allison Balentine, holds a Masters in Music from Bucknell University with her principal instrument being the oboe. She has lead many children’s musical events and enjoys sharing her love of singing with children of all ages. She is the general music teacher at Bradford Christian Academy in Haverhill, MA. She is also the director of the Molin Drama Club.