William Mateer, our current director, was a music education major at the College of Wooster and holds masters degrees in music from West Virginia University and in special education from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University. He has also studied at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Baroque Workshop.
Mr. Mateer has taught music in both the public schools and at the college level and also worked as a music therapist in the mental health field. In prior years Mr. Mateer served as director of the Fall Festival Chorus in Kent, Ohio; the Hazard College/Community Chorus in Hazard, Kentucky; the Ohio Mennonite Men’s Chorale; and the Cantate Singers in Wooster, Ohio. He has also provided leadership for music programs at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. In addition to his choral work, Mr. Mateer has a special interest in chamber music and was a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Musica Felice, with whom he plays recorder.
Mr. Mateer particularly enjoys the social aspects of music-making and strives to bring joy and camaraderie to the groups with whom he works. “Working hard to make beautiful music together with other people is such a glorious and uplifting experience — there is really nothing else like it.”
Goshen native Mary Rose Norell began her piano studies with Marvin Blickenstaff and holds bachelor and masters degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and her doctorate in piano performance from Northwestern University. Dr. Norell has developed a unique and thriving career in music, performing both home and abroad, appearing in such venues as the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Oxford University in England, and LCC International University in Lithuania. She performs often as the Norell Piano Duo with her husband Luke Norell and has soloed with ensembles such as the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, the Maple City Community Orchestra and the Elkhart County Symphony.
After earning first runner-up prize in the Grieg Festival in Florida’s Young Artist Competition, Mary Rose was invited to perform in Norway at Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg. This has led to her became a founding board member of the Edvard Grieg Society of America, which aims to promote the music and writings of Grieg.
Involved in musical outreach, Mary Rose has partnered with the Ravinia Festival in inner-city Chicago schools and created the Music Crew children’s choir with her husband at the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart. An active teacher, Dr. Norell currently serves as Director of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, where she also leads her own studio.