The Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC) is excited to announce that associate director Philip Doucette (’99 M.M.-vocal performance and pedagogy), was selected as one of three finalists for the Jefferson Awards Foundation's "Delaware Salute to Service" in the category of Outstanding Service Benefitting Local Communities.
Delaware’s Jefferson Awards recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Nominations are collected and sent to a panel of three judges from the foundation, the United Way, and the News Journal. Doucette was nominated alongside Jeffrey Benson, co-founder of the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC), a Delaware-based community alliance dedicated to fighting drug addiction in neighborhoods affected by the heroin/opioid epidemic; and Judy Travis, founder of Stockings for Soldiers, which provides personalized stockings, blankets, hats, and cards to soldiers in seventeen countries.
Doucette serves as conductor of the WCC's Young Men’s Ensemble, an ensemble of over thirty young men ages 12-18, and co-director of the other Wilmington Children’s Chorus ensembles. In collaboration with Wilmington’s sister cities, Doucette helped create a cultural exchange where members of the choir engage in musical collaborations and cultural immersion experiences with youth from across the globe. The chorus will mount its third European tour in summer 2018. He has also been instrumental in developing the Neighborhood Choir program, a partnership with OperaDelaware that creates singing programs in city schools and community centers. In the thirteen years that he has worked with the chorus, he has impacted thousands of youth.
“I am honored to be a finalist,” Mr. Doucette said. “As a young man, music was a way I found a sense of direction, a source of motivation, and a way to establish an identity and values of my own. In my work with the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, I try to help others find a safe space to experience those things. It’s about the music, but it’s also about empowering young people and helping them understand that talent, hard work, and commitment can result in great accomplishments and great personal satisfaction.”
Philip Doucette has been the assistant director of WCC since 2009 and served as chorus manager from 2005-2015. He has both published and presented on the development of the adolescent male singer. He has built a reputation as a respected and versatile voice teacher in the area and works out of his studio in Wilmington.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from the College of New Jersey, a master’s degree from Penn State, and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from West Chester University, specializing in the connections between music, language, and the brain.
As a professional tenor, he has sung throughout the United States, most notably in regional appearances with OperaDelaware and Opera Philadelphia. He is also a licensed speech pathologist with the Christiana Care Health System.
As a student at Penn State, Phil studied voice with professor emeritus Richard Kennedy. He is married to Penn State alumna Kimberly Burkhard Doucette (’01 B.S., B.M.-voice performance) who serves as artistic director of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus.