Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder was born in Virginia where she pursued studies in Music Composition and Theory. She taught AP Music Theory, Chorus and Madrigals at the high school level at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg VA and is the director of music ministries at Immaculate Conception Church, Hampton VA. Her choruses have performed internationally – including China, Vatican City, Italy, Ireland and England. She has served on boards in a number of music professional organizations and the Diocese of Richmond Liturgical Commission.
Ms. Yoder’s compositions reflect an eclectic range of musical styles and levels. She has incorporated her expansive pedagogical knowledge as a teacher and pastoral musician to compose music promoting the works of love, mercy, peace, justice and the environment. She and her husband, Gene, live in Williamsburg in their home that they built together.
Commissioned pieces including Williamsburg Women’s Chorus
Conducted Choral workshops in churches and schools
Awarded grants and recognitions from NASA, Siemens, Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, Williamsburg Fine Arts Commission, St. Vincent’s College, Virginia Music Educators Association
Saying thank you to God through music and prayer is what I know. Whether sitting at the piano when the notes flow from my heart and mind after a difficult day, or comforting a fretful baby with an original tune of simplicity, or composing a Mass for a beloved retired pastor and parish, or arranging a Christmas song for a group of aspiring student musicians, or singing familiar tunes and holding the hand of a loved one in their last days, or writing a trumpet fanfare and processional for my son’s wedding– these are treasured moments and expressions of integrating music and prayer… In giving grateful acclamations to God for extraordinary possibilities and blessings …
In my personal experience, I have found that through the music as prayer, my heart is consoled, my being rejuvenated, and energy renewed. In one my favorite hymns, How Can I Keep from Singing, I am reminded:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?
Thank you God for being present in times of anxiety, fear and turmoil.
Thank you God for my husband, children, grand daughters and family.
Thank you God for three uniquely inspiring pastors and church community.
Thank you God for the opportunity to serve the greater good through a loving and caring school community.
Teresa Cobarrubia Yoder, musician, teacher and composer is the pastoral music director for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton and a founding member of Musica Intima, a chamber trio. She taught high school music at Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, VA. Under her direction, the students performed around the world including the 2008 Pre-Olympics festivities in Beijing and Shanghai, China and for the 2012 Olympics in London, England, as well as various liturgies with both Pope Benedict and in 2014, Pope Francis. Teresa studied composition with John Davye and piano with Elizabeth Pappas at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. During three summer institutes, she studied conducting and sang under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. Teresa attended a summer choral seminar at Julliard, studying with Judith Clurman.
Teresa’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, Scherzo Music Club, Tidewater Music Teachers Forum and various churches and schools in Virginia, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. She also conducted choral workshops and assisted with the music for various Diocese of Richmond functions and served on the Diocese of Richmond Liturgical Commission. In 1995, Teresa was awarded a grant from NASA for study with the Virginia Institute of Technology. She was also awarded a grant from the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce for a study with her students on implementing music technology with colonial tavern music. Teresa was awarded another Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce grant for a study on Native American Indian music and dance with her students. She also was presented with the St. Vincent College Outstanding Teacher Award. She has been awarded commissions for her compositions including her work for the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus.
Teresa resides in Williamsburg, VA with her husband Gene in their home they built together.