Deborah A. Mello
Deborah A. Mello
Founder and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County
Founding and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County, Deborah Mello is the recipient of the Master Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association, the Governor’s Award for Arts in Education, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Master Teacher Collaborative Award, sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. A former National Chair of the American Choral Directors Association National Committee for Children’s Choirs, Debbie currently serves the American Choral Directors Association as Eastern Division Children’s Choir Chair for Repertoire and Standards. Deborah has conducted regional and honor choruses in several states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Maine, Kentucky, Virginia, and New Mexico. She has taught numerous workshops on elementary music education and choral singing with children in the United States and as an Artist/Teacher for Doreen Rao’s Choral Music Education courses in England, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In May 2007, Deborah and her husband, Joseph, each received the Inaugural Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University. Deborah, in conjunction with composer, Jill Gallina, has published 2 music collections, All-American Sing Along Songs, and Songs Boys Like To Sing that can be used in schools, churches and community programs. Recently retired as Director of Choral Activities at Randolph High School, Deborah teaches the Choral Methods course for music majors at Seton Hall University and is also the director of the Junior Choir at Christ Episcopal Church in Newton.