Eric West, Choral Director at Defiance H.S., and his wife Jessica, purchased a new home.
Valerie DeTray, Choral Director at Kenton Ridge H.S., received her Master’s Degree from Capital University.
Bill Simpson, Band Director at Woodstock North H.S., was married to Greg Kraemer on June 4th.
Eric Richardson, retired Choral Director, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Choral Directors Association.
Andrew Jacobi has been named the new Band Director at Ottawa H.S.
Sarah Rio, Administrative Sales Assistant at BRT, and her husband Tony, welcomed a daughter Lucy on August 10th, weighing 6 lbs., 1 oz., and measuring 19 inches long.
Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., Married Mary Crandell, Band Director at Waukee M.S., on June 3rd.
Tom DiNuoscio, Band Director at Northeastern H.S., was married on July 1st.
Mike Lehman was named Director of Bands at Lake Park H.S.
Robert Davis, Band Director at Watkins Memorial H.S., purchased a new condo in downtown Columbus.
Brody McDonald, Choir Director at Kettering Fairmont H.S., was accepted to perform at the 2017 ACDA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Beth Vaughn, Choir Director at Bowling Green H.S., was elected the Northwest Region Chair of the Ohio Choral Director’s Association.
Kirk Hickman was named Co-Director of Bands at Naperville North H.S.
Michael Dean, Choir Director at Beech Grove H.S., and his wife Abrianne, welcomed their first child, Jocelyn Arabella, on June 13th.
Rachel Sagona, Choir Director at Troy H.S., and her husband Jim, welcomed a daughter, Marie Rose, on April 12th.
Steve Sivak, Choir Director at Palatine H.S., will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Jason Hawkins, Choir Director at Plainfield North H.S., and Bryan Kunstman, Choir Director at Kaneland H.S., cheered on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Steve Stickney was named band director at Mount Mercy University. He has become the first full-time band director in the university’s history.
Trey Jacobs, Choral Director at Head Middle Magnet School (TN), was married to Thomas Locke on May 28th.
Mike Crandall, Sales Consultant at BRT, married Dr. Rich Schnipke, Director of Choral Activities at Xavier University, on May 21st.
Michael Mascari, Director of Orchestras at Whitney M. Young Magnet H.S., was named CYSO Concert Orchestra Conductor, and Dana Green, Director of Orchestras at Vernon Hills H.S., was named CYSO Debut Orchestra Conductor.
Gordon Krauspe, Choir Director at Wheaton Warrenville South H.S., will retire at the end of the school year.
Congratulations to Josh Waymire, Director of Bands at Valley H.S., and his wife Becca, on the birth of their son Joel on May 5th, 2016. Mom and baby are doing well.
Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., is the Iowa Bandmasters Association President-Elect for 2016.
Myron Peterson, Band Director at Urbandale H.S., is engaged to Mary Crandell, Band Director at Waukee M.S.
Kevin Miller, retired Director of Bands at Schaumburg H.S. and current BRT Tour Director, cheers on the Cubs with his wife Michelle.
Candace Brown, Sales Consultant at BRT, and her Husband, Michael, welcomed a son, William Michael, on May 6, weighing 9 lbs., and measuring 21.5 inches.
Duane Warfield was named Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Shorter University.
Wayne Thelander, Orchestra Director at Iowa City West H.S., and his wife Kristin Thelander, Music Professor at the University of Iowa, will retire in May. Wayne taught for 38 years, the last 18 of those at Iowa City West H.S. Kristin has been at the University of Iowa School of Music since 1989. This past November, Wayne donated one of his kidneys to Kristin. Both feel great and look forward to the future!
Raeleen Horn, retired Band Director from Palatine H.S., will present a session at the 70th Midwest Clinic in December. Her Topic: How to Land your Dream Job…. and Keep it!
Mike Cisler, Choir Director at Valders H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.
Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Downers Grove North H.S., was named one of 10 national finalists for the 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award.
Matthew Zabiegala, Choral Director at Worthington Kilbourne H.S., will begin graduate school at Rutgers University in the fall.
Our sympathies to Jennifer Currey, Band Director at Champaign Central H.S., and her family on the loss of her father in March
Kevin Cort, Band Director at South Lyon H.S., and his wife, Jenny, welcomed a son, Levi Edward, on November 13, weighing 8lbs., 9 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches.
Barry Chesky, Band Director at Dulaney H.S., and his wife, Lisa, welcomed a son, Matthew Ethan, on May 8, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz.
James Becker, Band Director at Wellington School, and his wife, Agnes, welcomed a daughter, Julia June.
Julia Ellis, Orchestra Director at Thomas Worthington H.S., welcomed a son in January.
Melissa Gummersheimer, Director of Choirs at Notre Dame H.S., and her husband welcomed twin sons, Emmett Charles and Elliott Ryker, on December 27.
Chris Foster, Band Director at Bellbrook H.S., and his wife, Amy, welcomed a son, Ryan David, on September 10, weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz.
Keith Hallas, Band Director at Central Crossing H.S., and his wife, Julie, welcomed a daughter, Audrey Lillian, on November 21, weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz.
Sheryl Hauk, Choir Director at West Bloomfield H.S. (MI), welcomed her second grandchild, Ayanna Joelle, on January 20.
Andy Johnson, Band Director at Bexley H.S., welcomed a daughter, Elisabeth Rew, on October 5, weighing 6 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 19 inches.
Paul Levy, Band Director at Oak Lawn H.S., and his wife, Megan, welcomed a daughter, Rebekah Ann, on October 3.
Eileen Lienhart, Teacher at Lumen Christi Catholic School, welcomed a granddaughter, Jane Elizabeth, on August 17.
Dustin McKinney, Choir Director at Kearney H.S., and his wife, Veronica, welcomed a daughter, Kaylin, on November 4.
Jessica Moore, Band and Choir Director at Covington H.S., and her husband, Scottie Moore, Band Director at Greenville H.S., welcomed a daughter, Lila Katherine Elisabeth, on December 29, weighing 7 lbs., and measuring 19.5 inches.
Sarah Popovich, Orchestra Director at Hilliard Bradley H.S., welcomed a son, William Neal, on October 22.
Libby Secard, Choir Director at Lincoln H.S., and her husband, Andy, welcomed a daughter, Erin Victoria, on January 17, weighing 7 lbs., 12.25 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches.
Daniel Singer, Band Director at Oshkosh West H.S., welcomed a daughter, Eloise Marcella, on January 22, weighing 6 lbs., 16 oz., and measuring 20 inches.
Adam Uhlenhake, Band Director at Oakwood H.S., welcomed a baby on February 9.
Chris Barnes, Band Director at Fond du Lac H.S., was married in August.
Ben Collins, Assistant Principal at Maine West H.S., was married to Christina Virgilio, Choir Director at Fremd H.S., on July 3.
Brian Covey, Band Director at Lockport Township H.S., is engaged to Megan Alano and will be married this summer.
Doug Hildreth, Band Director at Westerville Central H.S., married Dayna Clark on December 19.
Risa Hsu, Band Director at Grand Ledge H.S., is engaged to Martin Montoya.
Andrew Toniolo, Choir Director at Glenbrook South H.S., is engaged to Elizabeth Hutchinson and will be married on July 1.
Janelle Sanfillippo, Band Director at Hinsdale M.S., was married on August 1, 2015.
Leah Toppen, Band Director at Auburndale H.S., was married in August.
Vicky Wilda, Band Director at Mayville H.S., was married in October.
Steve Green, Director of Bands at Lisle H.S., retired in spring 2015.
Lori Klausing, Band Director at Kalida H.S., retired this past fall after 29 years of teaching.
Alan MacNair, Orchestra Director at Troy H.S., retired this past year.
Marcia Paul, Choir Director at Beaver Dam H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.
Sarah Reckmeyer, Band Director at Ottawa H.S., will retire at the end of this school year.
Phil Stutz, Conservatory Operations Manager at Wheaton College, retired this past year.
Roger Weyersberg, Director of the Lions of Michigan All State Band, recently retired.
Our sympathies to Leslie Braidech, Orchestra Director at Pickerington Central H.S., and her family on the loss of her father, Matthew, on October 18. He was 87 years old.
Our sympathies to Brandon Moss, Choir Director at Central Crossing H.S., and his family on the loss of his father, Ron, on October 27. He was 67 years old.
Sheryl Hauk was named Fine Arts Department Chair at West Bloomfield H.S.
Bryan Kolk was named Orchestra Director at Troy H.S.
Nick Rulewicz was named Principal at Columbia Central Jr. H.S.
Victor Anderson, Band Director at Yorkville H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”
Sean Bradley, Band Director at Licking Heights H.S., earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Phoenix this past winter.
John Casagrande, Band Director, and the students of the John Hersey H.S. Symphonic Band, were named a “National Winner” in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project.
Jason Heath, Orchestra Director, and the students of the Vernon Hills H.S. (IL) Symphony Orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December.
Bert Johnson, Music Department Chair at Lincolin-Way East H.S., received his Doctorate of Education in December.
Nick Juknelis, Choir Director at Lake Zurich H.S., completed the Chicago Marathon, where he raised over $2,600 for the American Brain Tumor Association. Nick also completed the Walt Disney World® Marathon, where his daughter, Molly, took third in her heat in the Kid’s Race.
Brian Logan, Band Director, and the students of Wheeling H.S. Jazz Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December.
Kathy McIntosh, Band Director at Troy H.S., was named Troy City Schools Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Myron McReynolds, Band Director at Iowa City H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”
Dr. Robert Oster, Conductor of the Lakewood Area Choral Society, published a book, Singers, Zingers, and Humdingers. Choral Conductor Do’s and Don’ts.
Carl Sabatino, Band Director at Whippany Park H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”
Michael Sekich, Band Director at Stevenson H.S., was honored by SBO Magazine as one of this year’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”