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Our Director

Sam Gronseth teaches vocal, instrumental and classroom music at the elementary and middle schools on the Ridge as well as the Paradise Youth Orchestra. Currently in his 31st year of teaching, this is Sam's 11th year directing the Paradise Community Chorus.


Prior to 1985, Sam directed and performed in 16 countries including Singapore, Poland, and China. More recently, his instrumental and vocal performance groups have consistently received superior ratings at region and section festivals.


Sam has been recognized on a statewide basis with CMEA Outstanding Service awards in 1994 and 1997. Groups under his direction have performed for schools from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California in venues such a Disneyland, the San Francisco Giants, and state and local music education conferences. These groups have been an outgrowth of a strong music education program in Paradise. They are consistently invited to perform for schools, community organizations and other events. 

Sam has served as president of CMEA -- California Music Education Association and is a lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association. He is often sought as a guest conductor for churches, schools, and community groups. Most recently Sam teaches seminars for teachers in music education throughout the nation.


Sam received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Central Washington University in Washington State and did graduate work at both CSU Chico and CSU Fullerton.

Joanne Schaefer

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