CHRISTY ELSNER is founder and director of the energetic Allegro Community Children’s Choir. She graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in 1992 with a degree in Music Education and received the Marcus E. Hahn Award for Outstanding Senior Music Education Student. In 1995, she was the recipient of the Kansas Choral Directors Association’s Award for Outstanding Young Conductor. She has taught elementary and middle school vocal music in the Wichita Public Schools as well as middle school vocal music in the Blue Valley Schools. She has directed children’s and youth choirs at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, and at Presbyterian Church of Stanley in Overland Park. In accordance with Allegro’s emphasis on community service, Mrs. Elsner logged over 60 hours of volunteer service in the last year working with church and public school choirs. Ms. Elsner is an active clinician for children’s and youth choirs and continues to give workshops on her innovative rehearsals and unusual teaching tools.