Mrs. Holly Mocabee, affectionally known by her students as: 'Moca' or 'MommaBee', obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Valparaiso University where she studied voice with Professor Ralph Klapis, piano with Professor Becky Graef, and conducting with Dr. Dennis Friesen-Carper. She performed in Valparaiso University’s Kantorei choir, directed by Dr. Lorraine Brugh, as a Mezzo Soprano and was also involved in an a capella group, “Acabellas”.
Mrs. Mocabee is a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) and Sigma Alpha Iota (Women’s Music Fraternity). She is involved in her church music program and has helped direct the children’s and adult choir and sings in the traditional praise band for Sunday Worship. In addition, she performed with the Valparaiso Memorial Opera House in the musical Chicago. She is the HMS Student Council Sponsor, Co-Founder of HMS's Crochet Club alongside Mrs. Davis and is a teacher on the 8th grade Voyager Team.
Mrs. Mocabee was awarded the “2018 High School All Music Award” provided by ISSMA for “Total Department” as well as “Choral Department” while directing at Portage High School. Mrs. Mocabee has taught in various schools throughout the region including: Clark MS in Hammond, The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts and Portage High School. However, she is grateful to be back in Highland and finds it to be a warm, welcoming district.
“I want to give a BIG thank you to the parents for supporting and encouraging our students in their musical journey. I am grateful to have students who are just as excited and eager to learn more about music as I am. I’m blessed to work alongside Mr. Markley as a director, department head, and friend. Finally, I’d like to say thank you to our administration for being supportive of the arts program. To my students (current and former), remember to: “Just Keep Singing!”