About the Program

The Dorothy McElhinney Middle School choir program is an up and coming organization full of energetic and eager young musicians! Choral students at DMMS prepare to enter High School as competent, accomplished, well rounded musicians. Here, they will learn:

  • music theory (theoretical comprehension)

  • sight reading (visual comprehension)

  • ear training (aural comprehension)

  • proper vocal technique for varying genres


Students will also:

  • perform music from different countries, cultures, and genres

  • sing in different languages

  • have many opportunities to perform throughout the year!

The DMMS Choir program includes an Advanced Choir ensemble of 7th and 8th grade students, a Chamber Choir of 6th grade students, and two semester-long beginning choirs called Chorale.

The DMMS Guitar program is comprised of a Beginning guitar class and an Intermediate guitar class. Students in this class will learn...

  • strumming patterns and how to play chords

  • plucking individual strings to create melodies

  • how to collaborate with other guitarists

  • how to read both traditional notation and tabs

Our choirs perform throughout the year over four concerts, various school spirit events, and competitive festivals. Additionally, the Advanced Choir travels to Disneyland to show their hard work for all to hear!

For more information on our program, please email our director at rtaylor@murrieta.k12.ca.us

Ms. Taylor

Meet the director!

This is Ms. Taylor's first year at DMMS. Before her time here, she has had the opportunity to accompany, direct, and perform in various choirs.


From 2010-2015, Ms. Taylor was a Music Director for North of the River Jr. Theatre in Bakersfield, CA. In 2015, she moved to Orange County to study conducting and music education at Cal State University Fullerton with two of the country's top choral experts, Dr. Christopher Peterson and Dr. Rob Istad. While there (2015-2018), she became an expert at vocal anatomy, technique, and performance practice and took interest in changing adolescent voices; she also regularly attended and participated in Conducting master classes. During her studies, she taught private voice and piano to all ages (from 3 years old to seniors!), where she applied much of her research on vocal pedagogy.

Ms. Taylor completed her credential at CSU Fullerton and Corona del Mar High/Middle School. While there, she taught Beginning Men's Choir (7th-8th grade), Beginning Women's Choir (7th-8th grade), Beginning Mixed Choir (7th-10th grade), Advanced Women's Choir (9th-12th grade), and Advanced Men's Choir (8th-10th grade).

Before relocating to Riverside County, she was assistant conductor and Soprano Section Leader at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Irvine, CA. She is still a substitute conductor for several churches in Orange County. Ms. Taylor is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), and the California Choral Director's Association (CCDA). As a performer, Ms. Taylor is a featured soloist for two albums: How to Go On (Choral Arts Initiative) and Quest for Proctor John (ScienceNV, a progressive rock band).

Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Lisa J Mails Elementary School

35185 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 304-1880

Principal: Josh Fogal

Choir Director: Dina McLain


Band Director: Kirk Green


Dorothy McElhinney Middle School

35125 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 304-1885

Principal: Thomas Patane

Choir Director: Rose Taylor


Band Director: Scott Merrin


Vista Murrieta High School

28251 Clinton Keith Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

(951) 894-5750

Principal: Mick Wager

Choir Director: Zach Krug


Band Director: Donald Wade


Assistant Band Director: Bill Fritz


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