Grace Welcomes New Youth Choir Director

Grace is pleased to announce that Cherub Choir co-director Shelly Drescher is coming aboard as our new Youth Choir director!

A long-time member of the Grace Chancel Choir with 14 years of experience directing children’s choirs in both school and church settings, Shelly is well-equipped to foster healthy connections among children, youth and adults in pursuit of making music.

“I would love to explore the place that youth choir holds in our church community, both as a musical ensemble and a way for them to connect with each other and the church as a whole,” said Shelly, who, along with her husband Andrew, is raising three young children of her own. ‘

Shelly’s passion for choral music and building relationships extends beyond the halls and walls of Grace Church. Already, she has ideas for caroling during the holiday season, partnering with Feed My Starving Children and other youth-focused service organizations, and planning fun social outings for the teen ensemble she will lead and inspire. 

“I have always been interested in teaching high school choir,” said the woman who has student teaching experience with high schoolers and has served as a substitute director for the Grace youth choir. 

“The music you can achieve with this age group can be challenging and exciting. I love working with kids as they are on the journey of figuring out who they are and where they are going.” She added, “I appreciate the chance to have this new adventure, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and teach Grace’s emerging leaders.” 

Shelly is not the only one feeling thankful and excited.
“We are thrilled to welcome Shelly into this new directorship role with our Youth Choir,” said Lynn Leitzen, Grace Music Coordinator, Director of Children’s Music Ministry and 9am Gathering Worship Leader. “She has been such an integral part of our music ministry, whether co-directing our Cherub Choir or sharing her lovely soprano voice as part of the Chancel Choir. She will bring great enthusiasm and fresh ideas to engage this challenging age group!” 

Indeed, she will – welcome, Shelly!