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The Master Singers of Virginia has created the Loudoun Children’s Chorus to provide singers with high-quality choral music education that supports and expands music education within Loudoun County schools.

The Loudoun Children's Chorus Sing out LOUD! Workshop will be an action-packed 2.5 hours of fun and fulfillment through music. Our ensembles will be led by two of Loudoun County's exciting and inspiring music educators: Helai Karim, Director of Choral Music and Guitar at Willard High School and Elaine Gines, music teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary. 

The workshop will allow participants to experience moments of team-building, Kodaly and Dalcroze-based learning, and basic vocal techniques that will culminate in a brief performance sharing opportunity at the conclusion of the workshop. 

Workshop fee is $20 and each attendee will receive a LCC t-shirt.  Open to all kids 1st-9th grade.

Loudoun Children’s Chorus – Sing out LOUD! Workshop

November 16, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. James’ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall

14 Cornwall Street, NW

Leesburg, VA 20176

Director Bios


Elaine Gines (last name pronounced "heh-NESS") is an elementary music specialist and elementary choral director in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).  Hailing from the state of Michigan, Elaine started off her college career at Oakland University, where she received a Music Departmental Scholarship for voice.  Elaine then transferred to Western Michigan University where she completed her dual Bachelor’s degree in both Music Education(K-8) and Elementary Education(K-5) in 2004. She later, then, moved down to Northern Virginia in 2006 to work as a music teacher for LCPS, where she simultaneously pursued and earned her master’s degree in Educational Transformation at George Mason University in 2009.  In addition to her 13 years of teaching general music in LCPS, Elaine has also directed a variety of choirs and performance ensembles at her respective schools.   

While her formal training is primarily in music education, Elaine has been performing her entire life, singing at parties with her musician dad, as well as in various bands, musicals, commercials, weddings and even at Cedar Point amusement park. During her collegiate years, Elaine was actively singing and touring in both classical and jazz ensembles.  Elaine also has experience in teaching private voice to students of ages 12-40, choreographing for elementary and middle school choral ensembles and sings in a night choir at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn, where she was formerly their part-time conductor and accompanist.  Her professional affiliations have been with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).  Elaine also has been nominated for the “Shenandoah University LCPS Teacher of the Year” award in both 2011 in 2015.

Ms. Helai Karim is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. From Fairfax, Virginia, Ms. Karim discovered her love of choral music at Robinson Secondary School, under the direction of Michael Horanski. Ms. Karim also recently student taught in Fairfax County at Liberty Middle School and Annandale High School. During her time at James Madison, Ms. Karim sang in the Madison Singers and the Masterworks Chorale. She has been fortunate to study under the choral direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy and Dr. Bryce Hayes. Ms. Karim has worked with various choirs, including the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir and the Children's Chorus of Washington. In 2016, Ms. Karim had the privilege of winning the James Madison ACDA Collegiate Conducting Competition.

Ms. Karim is a charter member of the Willard Intermediate staff in Aldie, VA which opened in 2018. In Willard Chorus’ first year, ensembles received superior ratings at District Choral Assessment, built a community centered around musicianship and dedication, and doubled the number of students in the program leading into the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Karim is excited to continue to see the growth of her students.