ACT YOUTH CHOIR
Please note: Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are unable to offer Youth Choir this fall. Please add your name to the Education Mailing List for updates about a possible spring semester and visit our Virtual Lessons page if you are interested in individual instruction at this time.
The ACT of CT Youth Choir is for young students, 2nd-7th grade, and rehearses weekly at Ridgefield Academy in the fall and spring semesters. The Choir provides young singers the opportunity to learn proper and healthy singing technique, vocal music reading, and the art of singing in harmony, all while exploring choral repertoire of the highest quality, including folk and art music from around the world, as well as musical theatre repertoire. The Choir is led by Choral Director Deborah Penn (also the Lower School Music Teacher at Ridgefield Academy), and will perform a final concert each semester at ACT of Connecticut. Each new student will receive an ACT Choir t-shirt for the concert.
The Choir is open to all children in 2nd-7th grade. Children that fall outside the age guideline may be admitted at the discretion of the director. Please contact for further information.
Deborah Penn holds degrees in music education from Ithaca College and Queens College. She is currently the Preschool and Lower School Music Teacher at Ridgefield Academy, in Ridgefield, CT, where she teaches general music, choral singing, recorder, and an Orff program. From 1998-2007, Mrs. Penn taught in the Commack school district in Commack, NY, where she directed the 11th-12th grade Symphonic Band, 9th-12th grade Women’s Chorale, directed the pit orchestra for the high school musical productions, and was the assistant marching band director. She also taught 3rd-5th grade classroom music and directed a 4th Grade Chorus. Mrs. Penn has directed summer enrichment programs for elementary students in musical theatre and drama. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Mrs. Penn lived in Randolph, NJ, where she taught music classes and music enrichment at a local Cooperative Preschool. Mrs. Penn is an accomplished clarinetist and pianist. She has served as a professional accompanist for choral groups, vocalists, and solo instrumentalists throughout the Tri-State area. Mrs. Penn currently resides in Ridgefield with her husband, and four boys.