In her 18th year as a professional conductor and music educator, Darcy is the Founding Artistic Director of Bellevue Youth Choirs, a multi-level choral program serving youth ages 4-18. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Central Washington University and her Masters of Arts in Music Education specializing in Choral Conducting from the University of St. Thomas, studying under Dr. Karyl Carlson and Dr. Angela Broeker respectively. Darcy is highly sought after as a clinician, adjudicator and conference presenter throughout the Pacific Northwest and has mentored educators and conductors in choral curriculum building and conducting techniques as an adjunct professor for the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle housed at Seattle Pacific University. While serving on the WA-ACDA Board, Darcy established and coordinated the January Elementary Choral Workshop, and in it’s seventh year of collaboration with NKE, continues to provide repertoire and curricular resources for elementary choral conductors in an interactive setting. Along with conducting honor choirs, Darcy enjoys coaching choirs from around the United States through the STAR Program at MoPOP. As a professional choral singer, Darcy has been privileged to record for movie previews, movie, and video game soundtracks, including the latest installment of World of Warcraft. She also performed with Choral Arts under the direction of Robert Bode, along with earning various awards, this group was honored to sing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House during the 2015 holiday season. Darcy is a proud mother of two boys, Jack (9) and Aaron (7) and wife to Stephen.
"Darcy Morrissey is simply one of the top choral directors in the Pacific Northwest. She creates artistry in young people. She ignites intellectual curiosity. She nurtures young voices, and brings out the best in a mature but honest tone color as well as the highest levels of music literacy, and pride in being a great singer in a great choir program."
Lake Washington High School
"Darcy Morrissey is a musical magician. Dynamic, fun, and with it, she casts a spell of good humor and lightheartedness, creating a choral learning environment that is both challenging and supportive, playful and serious, individualized yet overflowing with the synergy of a group of people united in purpose. An accomplished musician and singer, Darcy models and teaches exemplary vocal technique, brings forth deeply artistic choral performance, and moves students toward musical independence with her commitment to the mastery of musical literacy. Darcy's students bubble out of rehearsal, with hearts, minds, and bodies overflowing with music and all that it promises."
Kaleidoscope Youth Chorus
"Darcy is a superb musician, and an exceptional person - I'm delighted she has founded the Bellevue Girlchoir! She served for many years as the alto section leader for Seattle Pro Musica, leading music skills classes and assisting with rehearsal conducting. This, plus her years of teaching middle school choral music and working as a conductor for the Northwest Girlchoir, make her uniquely qualified for this position.
Her teaching, conducting, singing, and organizational skills are impeccable -- and equally important, she is a dedicated leader and a warm, friendly person whom children and youth love to work with.
Congratulations to Darcy, and to the singers of the Bellevue Girlchoir!"
Karen P. Thomas
Seattle Pro Musica