Karista MacRostie is the newest addition to the Palm Beach Children’s Chorus. She is thrilled to be working with the chorus, meeting new students and working with the younger voices. She is teaching choir at Jeaga Middle School and has been building up the vocal program. A recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University, she received her bachelors in music education with a primary focus in vocal studies.
While in school Ms. MacRostie was an active member in several national organizations including The American Choral Directors Association, The National Association for Music Educators, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Iota. She also volunteered with various charities, as a music teacher and soloist, such as The Boys and Girls club, The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Susan G. Koman and The Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Ms. MacRostie has been involved with music for the majority of her life singing in several choirs, performing as a soloist for various events and working as a private voice teacher. She is excited for this chapter of her musical career, working at Jeaga as director of choral and vocal studies, a member of Espressivo a choral ensemble down south and preparing to sing with the performance halls series at Carnegie Hall this in February 2017. Many great things are to come.
What is Palm Beach Children's Chorus?
Palm Beach Children's Chorus is a fresh and energetic community children's chorus in Palm Beach County comprised of singers ages 8-18. The vision of the choir is to instill in the minds and hearts of today's youth the idea that through music the world can be a better place. The chorus is founded upon the principles of teamwork, goal setting, self-esteem, and self-discipline and leadership in a non-competitive environment. Members of the chorus learn about how to achieve success in life, while learning the fundamentals of music and singing.
Palm Beach Children's Chorus is a non-profit 501(c) (3), multi-cultural, performing arts educational program. Our chorus is comprised of children from across all of Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County and is diverse in it's representation of racial, cultural and socio-economic communities.
The chorus performs at least two major concerts per year, in addition to various community performances.
Who are the directors and instructors for Palm Beach Children's Chorus?
Our directors, conductors, and instructors are music instructors and professional musicians with many years of combined experience. All of our conductors, directors, and instructors are background screened to ensure the safety of your children.
Meet our Artistic Staff:
Sandi Russell, MAOM
Artistic Director and Lead Conductor
The Artistic Director and Conductor of the Palm Beach Children's Chorus is Sandi Russell. Sandi Russell has a wealth of experience and knowledge in singing and the performing arts. Her
vocal teaching career spans over 20 years and she has over 35 years of experience as a
performer. Sandi studied music education and vocal performance at Florida State University.
While at Florida State University, Sandi studied voice with professors Barbara Ford, David
Wingate, and Timothy Hoekman. She also studied choral conducting and vocal pedagogy under
the direction of the world renowned composer and conductor, Dr. Andre Thomas, as well as
Dr. Colleen Kirk, Dr. Clayton Krehbiel, and Betty Jane Grimm. Sandi has a Bachelor’s Degree in
Organizational Management (concentration in music) and a Masters Degree in Organizational
Management with a specialization in Leadership.
Sandi also travels the country as a worship leader, guest soloist and speaker. She is an
accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artist. Sandi has an extensive background
in musical theater and has performed in such productions as "Purlie", "Carnival", "South Pacific",
"My Fair Lady", "Carousel", and "Porgy and Bess". Being a talented vocal and performing artist
herself, Sandi believes in developing the talents of aspiring singers and thespians. Sandi has
worked as the musical director for Christian Musical Theater a Palm Beach County based
performing arts organization, as well as served as the director of Garden's Glee, a children's
vocal ensemble which she founded.
In 2004, Sandi Russell debuted her first solo album, entitled “You Are Holy”. She has
appeared as a featured soloist on numerous recordings by Christ Fellowship Church. As a recording artist, Sandi has shared the stage with Christian and secular artists such as the late James Cleveland, Vickie Winans, Truth, 4-Him, Michael Neale, Alicia Williamson-Garcia, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, Anthony Evans, Babbie Mason, Bob Carlisle, Sinbad, Betty Wright and EnVogue. Sandi is a classically trained vocalist (soprano) and has performed in such major venues as the National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans, LA), and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL).
In addition to owning a video/television production company with her husband, Matthew,
Sandi was also the host and co-producer of “Praise Connection TV”, a Christian music television show that appeared locally and nationally on the Christian Television Network.
Sandi has an extensive teaching background in the area of vocal music. During the last 5 years Sandi has specialized in vocal audition preparation. She has been very successful with having her students obtain admission into the prestigious Bak MSOA and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts vocal music programs, as well as admission into college/university vocal music programs. Sandi enjoys bringing the gift of singing into the lives of children and adults and believes that music has the power to change lives.
Sandi is a member of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA).
Sandi and her husband, Matthew, are the proud parents of five beautiful children.
Danielle Hopkins is our amazing choreographer. Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musical Theater from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is muli-talented and gifted in the performing arts.
Highlights from Danielle's performing career are A Palm Tree In a Rose Garden (Rose), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery). Danielle is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honor Society.
Danielle has a heart for community service and regularly serves as a volunteer in the children's ministry of Christ Fellowship. Danielle loves teaching and directing children in the performing arts. She is excited to be a part of the Palm Beach Children's Chorus team.