Athens Drive Magnet High School
Meet the new director!
Erin Santa Croce is thrilled to be joining the jaguar family as choral director at Athens Drive High School. She comes to Athens Drive after two years in WCPSS as the choral director at Holly Grove Middle School in Holly Springs, NC. Prior to her tenure with WCPSS, Mrs. Santa Croce attended the University of Notre Dame where she earned a Master’s degree in Sacred Music, specializing in choral conducting. While at Notre Dame Erin studied conducting with Dr. Carmen-Helena Tellez and Dr. Mark Doerries, studied voice with Dr. Stephen Lancaster and was an Alice A. Martin Masters in Sacred Music Fellow. During her time at Notre Dame she worked as one of the directors of the University of Notre Dame Children’s Choir as well as the music intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend. Prior to this, Mrs. Santa Croce taught junior high and high school choir for five years in the Gilbert Public Schools system in Gilbert, Arizona. Erin graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2012 with dual bachelor degrees in vocal performance and choral music education. While at NAU, she sang in the Shrine of the Ages choir under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley and the select vocal jazz ensemble High Altitude, in addition to studying voice with Dr. Ricardo Pereira. In 2012, Erin was awarded the Outstanding Future Music Educator award by the Arizona Choral Directors Association and in 2014 she was awarded the New Choral Educator of the Year awards by the Arizona Choral Educators association.
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