As the Secondary Music Teacher, Choral Director, and Assistant Fusion Director at Hanover Area Jr./Sr. High School in Hanover Township, Pa., I have gained valuable experience teaching and organizing ensembles, sponsoring students in PMEA festivals, and working with electronic music equipment—all the while receiving praise and anticipation for successes to come from Hanover Area faculty.
During my student teaching experiences, I directed daily choir rehearsals while accompanying those primary and secondary-aged groups with piano and voice, which impressed upon me the value of a solid general music program featuring ear-training, choral singing, and sight-reading from very elementary grade levels. I incorporated technology into my lessons by way of digitally sequenced accompaniments using electronic pianos, digital audio workstations, and notation software. Through my use of this technology coupled with developmentally appropriate lessons, I enabled student ensembles to realize artistic success. Also, my student teaching experiences provided me with a primer in the Kodály Method, a pedagogically resilient system for teaching music- making to students of all ages and I plan to continue my professional development by studying and incorporating more of the Kodály Method into my teaching. I am proud of my record of delivering student-centered, pedagogically sound lessons.
Some of my recent musical work includes a week-long residency at Winchester Cathedral in England, performances with the Arcadia Chorale and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and continued dedication to the chorus at St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Additionally, I recently presented a recital of C. Wakefield Cadman's Four American Indian Songs, Gerald Finzi's “Let Us Garlands Bring,” and R. Vaugh William's Songs of Travel, which aired on WVIA's Music from St. Stephen's radio program in 2015.