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DIANE CUSHING

Music Director

Diane is the founder of the Greater Gardner Community Choir, and has held conducting and teaching positions across the region. She is currently the conductor the Keene Pops Choir, and has directed the Nashua Symphony Chorus and the Keene State College Concert Choir. Diane has taught voice, Fundamentals of Music, and choral music education methods classes at Keene State College in Keene, NH and at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Diane participates in the music ministry at Bethany Baptist Church, where she is a worship leader and conductor for special choral concerts. She is a member of the American Choral Conductor's Association (ACDA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

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TED CUSHING

Accompanist, Piano & Organ

Ted Cushing is the accompanist for Greater Gardner Community Choir and is the organist at Bethany Baptist Church in Gardner, MA. Ted also regularly accompanies community and school choirs within the region, including the  Gardner Public School choirs. Ted is also a singer, performing with the GGCC Chamber Singers, Keene Pops Choir, and the barbershop group
Monadnock Blend.

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SHANNON WARD-LEIGHTON

Choir President & Assistant Director

Shannon has been a member of the GGCC since 2015, and has served as a board member, director of the Greater Gardner Youth Choir, assistant choral conductor, and is stepping into the role of Choir President for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Shannon is a seasoned music educator teaching General & Choral music at the middle and high school levels for the past 13 years. She will begin a new position teaching Elementary Music within the Quabbin Regional School Distrct in August 2022. Shannon lives in Gardner with her husband and two daughters, where she also serves on the Gardner School Committee.

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ALAN WOMER

Choir Vice-President

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SHARON POLITT

Choir Treasurer

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LYN LAMBERT

Choir Secretary

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOHN BENNARD

Board Member

JACOB BUMP

Assistant Conductor &
Board Member

PHIL CORMIER

Board Member

TAMMY DYKSTRA

Board Member

HAZEL LEBLANC

Board Member

KAREN LENTHALL

Board Member &
Past Vice President

DON "DOC" MILLER

Board Member

DAVID SCHLIER

Board Member &
Past President