PCC grabs experienced instructor as Choir Director

18 September 2019

Long time music educator and chorus instructor, Beth Novotny, has joined Pratt Community College as Community Choir Director.
Novotny has 25 years of experience as a music educator, so it was no surprise she said yes when asked to direct the PCC Community Choir. Even though she is retired, she doesn’t stop teaching, learning, or performing.
Novotny was raised in Lindsborg, Kan. and earned her Bachelors of Music Education from Kansas University. She then taught at Pratt Schools for one year before she took a step back to raise her family. Shortly after, she began teaching at Skyline Schools as the middle school and high school vocal instructor, along with other duties, for 24 years. During her time at Skyline, she took several high school students to national choirs in New York and Washington D.C. She also took several high school students to state and local choirs.
“I was honored to be asked to direct the community choir,” said Novotny. “I still have the love and desire to share music with others and teach. I am totally enjoying it.”
When asked what she hopes to achieve with the community choir Novotny said she hopes to have a performing choir that appreciates the music they are learning. Novotny aims for members to understand music from each era and style and feel a part of the music within them.
“I call it a balanced diet,” said Novotny. “It is music from different eras and styles, some of it is challenging.”
The community choir is open to anyone that is interested. Especially if they love to sing and have previously been involved in a choir setting.
To see the PCC Community Choir in action the Performing Arts Department has a variety of shows open to the public throughout the coming months. On Oct. 28 the Community Choir will be performing pieces that incorporate a variety of styles, genres, and time periods at the Concert of Choirs performance along with other community groups. Sunday Nov. 10 the Community Choir will join Encore! and students from the Performing Arts Department at their annual USO Show and Dec. 6 and 7 the choir will perform a few numbers at the PCC Christmas show. All of these showcases will take place at PCC’s Carpenter Auditorium and admission is $5 at the door excluding the USO Show where Veterans and first responders are invited to be our guests at no charge.
The community choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 6-7:55pm. Persons interested in learning more or joining the Community Choir can contact Misty Beck, PCC Performing Arts Instructor, at mistyb@prattcc.edu or 620-770-2345.