Associate Director

Barbara Festa -



Assistant Directors:

Linda Costello -    

Island Hills Chorus is privileged to have Linda Costello as Assistant Director. The position is the natural progression for Linda’s lifelong love of music. Linda earned a Master's Degree at the University of Pittsburgh and had the privilege of singing with St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. She sang in the performance group, Weddings in Harmony, and in the band The Star Liners. Linda has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of Island Hills Chorus since 1993, performing and serving in many chorus leadership roles, including lead section leader.  She has enjoyed the thrill of winning almost a dozen medals with the chorus during the past eighteen years.  Linda shares her love of music with her husband, Ron, and their daughter Christina-Lynn, and she continues to enjoy­­­ to the frequent performances and weekly rehearsals that she shares with her musical family at Island Hills!


Sue Pedersen -



Cyndy Gorman - 

Music has always been an important part of Cyndy’s life. Although she opted to attend Cornell University, she had been accepted to the Crane School of Music for voice, and pursued her love of vocal music in a myriad of ways singing at  Northport High School, Cornell University with a small a cappella group, The Notables, Huntington Choral Society, Northport Chorale, and then the Island Hills Chorus.  Cyndy has been with Island Hills for 19 years.  In her first year with the chorus, she shared a ride to Regional Competition with three other women - Judi, Madeline, and Toby:  They had a tenor, a lead, and two basses, which was Close Enough to form their infamous quartet (Madeline eventually changed to baritone).  Cyndy was later named a tenor section leader, and has become more and more involved in the workings of the chorus, eventually directing at performances.  Cyndy states, “I have tried to become better at directing and stepping up when I am needed and am delighted at being appointed to an Assistant Director position!”



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