We are pleased that Chris Desjardins, the Andover High School choral director, has joined the artistic team as music director for From Start to Finish and Back to Bass-ics. Tom Cox is leading Nothin’ But Treble as well as directing Andover Sound Machine, our house band. Rounding out the artistic team are the talented choreographers Beth Kennedy and Darvin Hernandez
Chris Desjardins has been teaching music for fifteen years in the greater Boston area. In addition to teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels, Chris also music directs for many local theater groups. He is currently the vocal music director at Andover High School, and is also the resident music director for Voices of Hope. He is excited to be working with the talented students here in Andover.
Beth Kennedy has been dancing for many years and performs all styles of dance from jazz and tap to ballet and modern. She has professionally taught dance to students from ages two through adult, and choreographs regularly for several youth and community theater organizations such as Voices of Hope and Andover Community Theatre company.
She has received awards and nominations from EMACT recognizing both her choreography as well as dancers for whom she has choreographed. Her recent productions include: Fiddler on the Roof (for Voices of Hope at North Shore Music Theater), Footloose and Lion King Jr. She has been involved with the Andover show choirs since their inception.
In her “other” life she is the digital learning specialist at South and Sanborn Elementary Schools in Andover and the recipient of the Pathfinder Award for her leadership in technology education.
Darvin Hernandez is a freelance choreographer, performer, adjudicator, and clinician based out of Boston, Massachusetts. He has choreographed various show choirs on the east coast and midwest. Many of his choirs have qualified for national finals and have earned various awards including Best Choreography, Best Show Design, and Grand Champion. He began his career at Waltham High School where he choreographed the award-winning show choirs “Music Express” & “Music Unlimited.” He is a proud alumni of the Waltham Choral Music Program. Darvin holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre from University of Massachusetts Amherst. This fall, he began his 4th year on the Andover High School Vocal Music artistic team where he choreographs all three competitive show choirs. He also choreographs for the show choir programs at Suffolk University (Boston, Ma), Bartlett High School (Webster, Ma), and Danville High School (Danville, IL)
In addition to show choir, Darvin has worked as Assistant Director and Choreographer for the Lexington Youth Summer Theater Program where he choreographed West Side Story and Legally Blonde The Musical. He has also performed in various regional and community theater productions including The King and I and Remembering the 40’s at the Reagle Music Theatre, and Titanic: In Concert at Revolution Theatre Company.
Tom Cox is a Boston area musician, focusing on musical theatre, music direction and arranging/orchestrating, as well as performing as a pit musician in pit orchestras for local educational, community, and professional theatrical productions. In addition to musical theatre, Tom is an experienced arranger for marching bands and small to medium-sized chamber ensembles.
Tom currently serves as the band director for Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA, and as the music director for Andover High School’s premiere all-girl show choir, Nothin’ But Treble, and as band director for Andover Sound Machine, the house band backing up all three of Andover High School’s show choirs.