Uckfield Singers have a new musical director, Monica Das, who will be conducting the choir for the first time at their Christmas concert, on Saturday, December 8.
Monica grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She started playing the piano at the age of four and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters Degree in Stringed Instruments. She also received a teaching certificate.
After teaching orchestra in public schools she and her Dutch husband moved to the Netherlands where Monica became the first female conductor in the 100-year history of the Avanti Symphony Orchestra.
Monica also played for ten years with Andre Rieu, and The Johann Strauss Orchestra in Maastricht.
After the birth of her two children she began teaching.
Monica and her family moved to Scotland after she got a job with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland to teach in the Fort William area.
Two years later, they moved to Sussex where she taught with West Sussex Music for seven years.
Monica is currently head of music at Greenfields School in Forest Row, and is active in the Uckfield Community as a committee member of Uckfield Music Club, music director of Uckfield Community Orchestra, and a member of Buxted Symphony Orchestra.
Monica has taken over the role of musical director for Uckfield Singers from Tina Gelnere who is now studying at the Royal College of Music in Cardiff.
• Uckfield Singers Christmas Concert takes place at Uckfield Civic Centre on Saturday, December 8, at 3.30pm.
Tickets, £8 each, are available from Gale and Woolgar in High Street, and online via the Singers’ website.
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