New Nova Conductor - Welcome

Hello, PYC families!  My name is Kendra Kay Friar, and I am thrilled to be the new director for Nova 1 and Nova 2 Choirs.  My son, Matthew, sang in PYC for six years, and I have filled in for many PYC directors through the years.  Our family life has been deeply enriched by the beautiful PYC concerts we have attended, and our son benefited from PYC’s musiciansip development program as well as the many opportunities to develop new friendships with students from all over Portland.

I teach general music at Bonny Slope Elementary and sing professionally with Choro in Schola, an educational outreach program for high school choirs.  I am also a curriculum writer for Activate! Magazine (published by Lorenz) and an editor of the peer-reviewed research journal, General Music Today (published by the National Association for Music Education).  I have taught all levels of instruction – from preschool to college – for over 25 years.  I have also directed children’s choirs in public schools in Texas and Oregon, at First United Methodist Church in Portland, and at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas.

My husband (Rob) and I moved to Portland from Austin, Texas, in 2000.  We live in Beaverton with our younger son, Nathan.  Our older son, Matthew, is now in college.

Aside from making music, I most enjoy hiking and traveling with my family.  I grew up in Knoxville, TN near Smoky Mountains National Park, and developed an early love of being outdoors!!

WELCOME, SINGERS!  Here are some guidelines to help choir practice run smoothly:

Here is a fun music lesson to do at home! MUSIC LESSON LINK

1) We will be rehearsing outside on most days.  Please bring a water bottle to each rehearsal and dress for the weather, including sunscreen, if needed.

2) We will be masked for the duration of the rehearsal.  This will allow us to sing and move in safety.

3) We will be standing and sitting 6 ft. apart from one another for the duration of the rehearsal.  Please develop an awareness of your place in space so we can sing and move in safety.

4) We will engage in many kinds of activities – singing songs in many languages, reading music, playing games, discussing observations, etc.  Be ready to explore the many ways your musical brain works!