Hello! My name is Mrs. Gross. I have been teaching music in the Spring Grove Area School District for 31 years. In those 31 years I have taught Elementary Music, Elementary Band, Elementary Strings, SGI Music, SGI Chorus, SGI Strings, MS Music where I started the current guitar program, MS Strings & was an instructor for the Blue Crew Marching Band and Indoor Guard where we won 1st place at the State Championships. I have also started the Pigeon Hills String Invitational Festival in 2018. While at SGASD, I was also the Assistand Band Director and drill writer/instructor for the Central York High School Marching Band.
I play many instruments as well as sing. I am involved in many performing ensembles. As for my string experience, I have been playing the violin and viola since the 3rd grade in the Hanover Public School District. I am currently the Principal Violist and Assistant Conductor for the Hanover Symphony Orchestra. I am a founding member who started the HSO and have been with the HSO for 25 years. I also have my own string quartet that plays for all types of events. I have performed with various quartets, ensembles, pit orchestras, and symphony orchestras. I also performed with the Hanover Community Singers Orchestra.
I play band instruments as well. I have been playing the clarinet since the 4th grade and saxophone since the 9th grade in the Hanover Public School District. In 7th grade I joined the Lyric Band of Hanover. I became the first woman and the youngest member of the Lyric Band to conduct the Lyric Band. I was also their Drum Major when they marched in parades. I perform with the Littlestown Area Municiple Band. I am currently the baritone saxophone player for The Jazzberries Jazz Band. I perform percussion instruments at my church and with the Hanover Community Singers.
I am active in my church, St Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover PA - that has the 9th largest pipe organ in the world - musically where I sing on the Adult Choir, vocal / instrumental soloist, participate in the Handbell choir, and perform any instrument accompaniment that is requested by our Music Director.
I also enjoy musical theater. I perform in pit orchestras currently as well as in high school/college. My senior year in high school, I was Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls". I was awarded "Best Actress" for my role as Hamlet's mother Gertrude in the comedy play "A Danish Soap: The Danes of Our Lives". I have performed various other characters in local theater and was in "Willie Wonka" with AOK. I also took 10 years of dance with the Hildegard Hamme School of Dance in Hanover. I was an Alto singer/soloist in the Eichelberger Chorale.
I also participated in sports in middle school and high school. I played basketball for 6 years where I played forward. I was instrumental in starting and playing in the first girls softball team at Hanover High school where I was catcher. I participated in track where I ran sprints and relay.
I am a graduate of Hanover High School and West Chester University where I was in all of the musical ensembles. I had the honor of being Drum Major for 2 years of Hanover High School's Marching Band where my senior year we beat 17 other bands to take first place at State Championships. I was also Drum Major for 2 years of the Incomporable West Chester Univeristy Marching Band. Being a part of these two marching bands also gave me the opportunity to march in two Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parades. I have worked with and written drills for many area marching bands, indoor guards, and was an instructor with the George Parks Drum Major Academy for 7 years.
I received my Masters Degree from McDaniel College in Curriculum and Instruction. I also earned my ESL Degree from Millersville University/ WilkesUniversity. I continue to keep current with new musical trends by attending classes and workshops.
Besides music, I enjoy roller skating, knitting, my dog Benny, and being with/ performing with my family.
I look forward to working with you this year teaching you how to play the string instrument!
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