2022 Board Elections
The voting window will be January 20 - February 20, 2022. Your MMEA membership must be current to vote.
To help Maryland MEA members get to know the 2022 Executive Board candidates, the Association will host a series of public "Meet the Candidates" Zoom sessions.
MMEA leadership has scripted questions (found below) for each candidate to respond to, and session attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions through the chat. Questions from the public will be answered in order of submission as time allows.
Both candidates running for a position will be sharing their ideas during the same session. Each session will last no longer than one hour, and a recording will be available on the MMEA website following the event. The session schedule is as follows: (click the date and time below to access the Zoom session).
Wednesday, January 12, 6:00 PM ET - MGMTA - Watch the meeting recording
Thursday, January 13, 6:00 PM ET - Member-At-Large - Watch the meeting recording
Friday, January 14, 6:00 PM ET - MBDA - Watch the meeting recording
Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Recording Secretary candidates will respond to the scripted questions in writing rather than participate in a live public session.
Upon completing her Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree at Towson University, Carrie Barrett has taught 4th and 5th grade music in Baltimore County for the past 4 years. She fills the role of both the vocal general as well as the instrumental teacher. During the current school year and coupled with her candidacy for a Masters of Music Education at Towson University, she has implemented a ukulele program all while overseeing and instructing an instrumental program that that has tripled in size since the year of her hire. She also received the honor of being a recipient of the California Casualty Arts grant and looks forward to her first guest conducting engagement in St. Mary’s County. Furthermore, on the secondary level, she has experience with working with high school marching bands. Previous to her appointment in Baltimore County, she has also volunteered for All-State auditions and part of the Maryland Music Educators Association.
To increase my involvement in the Maryland Music Education Community, it would be an honor to serve on the board of the Maryland Music Educators Association as Recording Secretary. I have always enjoyed attending conferences, volunteering at All-State functions, and working with fellow music educators and colleagues in any and all capacities. I also would like to support MMEA as they continue to break down barriers in order to recognize and respect diversity and promote equity, inclusion, and access through their meaningful publications, conference sessions, and community involvement. It is my wish that MMEA continues to listen to the constitutes as well as stakeholders of the organization and respond and grow to meet the needs of our community, teachers, and especially, students.
Shefali Shah is a 6-12 Music Technology/General Music teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. Shefali graduated from Frostburg State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Music Education and is currently working on her MMEd at VanderCook College of Music. She is active in music education advocacy at the federal and state level. Shefali has served the MMEA board since 2018 as Collegiate Representative, Exhibits Chair, and Recording Secretary.
If I am nominated for Recording Secretary, I look forward to serving the association in a necessary fashion by recording minutes while also having the opportunity for my voice to be heard as a voting member. As a person who experienced music education in Maryland as a student and now experiences it through the lens of an educator, I have seen firsthand what has worked well and what we can improve to make the experiences we offer better for all involved. I also hope to play a small part in diversifying our board and making it more representative of the population we serve. By having the privilege to be on the Executive Board, my goal is to help our association move forward on the journey of equity and advocate for changes that make music education more accessible in the state of Maryland for students and educators.
Otis Eldridge was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore City public schools where his musical journey began in the 6th grade at Booker T. Washington Middle School. He later attended Baltimore City College High School and eventually Morgan State University where he participated in the Wind Ensemble as well as the Marching, Concert and Jazz band. In 2009, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music then immediately pursued an MAT at the graduate level. He initially became a full-time public-school music teacher in 2011. In 2016, Otis began course work toward a doctorate in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University. He is currently the band director/music teacher at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School. Some of his hobbies include watching historical documentaries, creating Hip-Hop productions, cooking, and watching Basketball highlights.
My mission for serving in this capacity is to build more bridges between the MMEA and music educators all over Maryland. During my interview I was informed by Dr. Schneckenburger that there are over five thousand music educators in Maryland and that less than 700 of them are members of MMEA. I think that we must do a better job of advertising the benefits of membership in this organization so that music teachers can begin to see more value in becoming members. In terms of my vision for the future, I think that as an organization we can do a better job of connecting with college students who are on the precipice of graduation. We must establish relationships with them early so that they feel connected to the organization and want to participate in it as members from the beginning of their careers as music educators.
Megan Yingst is the Chorus and Guitar Teacher at Chesapeake High School in Essex, Maryland. She prioritizes creating safe and accepting communities for all students through her service as an advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance, Co-Chair for the School Spirit Committee and a member of the school’s Equity Design Team. Previously, Yingst served as the Chorus and Piano Teacher at Mulberry Middle School in Polk County Florida. Under her direction, the choirs performed at Walt Disney World and received superior ratings at district festivals. Before moving to Maryland, Megan served as the Polk All-County Chorus Facilitator and the Florida Vocal Association’s District 12 Coordinator-Elect. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida Southern College, where she served as NAfME Collegiate chapter President. Megan consistently values and invests in detailed preparation when creating meaningful, relevant musical opportunities for today’s music students.
I believe MMEA is leading innovation in the field of music education. Amid global uncertainty, the Association emerged ever stronger with progressive approaches to traditional events, new music-making opportunities, and an unwavering commitment to equity. To move forward, I believe our organization must continue to evaluate and prioritize the current needs of Maryland Music Educators and Students.
If elected as the Member-at-Large, my primary goal will be to foster a stronger sense of community where all members feel included, supported, and valued. I am committed to serving MMEA through honesty, visibility, and transparent communication. I plan to create additional avenues for educators to voice their needs and develop new opportunities for service and networking through the organization. As the MMEA Member-at-Large, I am committed and ready to listen to your needs, and the needs of your students, as I advocate for change.
Scott Engel knows that the key to a well-rounded education is access to arts programs. As the band director and general music teacher at Boonsboro High School in Washington County (‘20-present), and formerly of Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County (‘06-‘20), he works to help his students grow as people and as musicians. Scott earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from Towson University, and while at TU, he was a member and drum major of the marching band. Scott continues to work with the TUMB as an arranger and a clinician for their summer marching arts drum major camp. Selected as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in the December 2015 issue of School Band & Orchestra Magazine, Scott hopes to spend the rest of his career making a difference in the lives of his students and colleagues.
Over the past several years, MMEA has made sincere efforts to reimagine itself to better meet the needs of our students and educators. As the MMEA Large Ensembles Festival Chairperson, Scott has been proud to be a part of the difficult but innovative conversations that helped MMEA progress. Scott is an advocate of new programs like the Fall Solo and Ensemble Festival which grants access to a state-calibre program for all students across Maryland, regardless of their skill level or years of experience. He also hopes to create an All-Maryland Band with representation from across the state. Scott recognizes these are just a few steps on a long journey towards a better MMEA that provides true equity and access for all. He encourages each of you to engage in the process with him so, as MBDA President, he can help make the organization work for you and your students.
Krystal Williams is a Music Adjunct lecturer for Woodwind Method for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is currently the Music Theory Teacher at Northwestern High School's Visual and Performing Arts Program for Prince George's County Public Schools. In 2012-2008, she served as the Band Director at Western High School for 8 years and 14 years with Baltimore City Schools. Mrs. Williams attended Morgan State University as a Music Major 1999-2005, & as the Graduate Assistant from 2006-2009. She holds a B.A. in Music, and a M.A. in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame Maryland. She is currently serving as the Music Technology Chair for MMEA, the Professional Development Chair for The Association of Black Women Band Directors, a member of the Women Band Directors International Association, and a member of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.
My vision as a candidate for the position of the President of the Maryland Band Directors' Association is to bring cohesion to the variety of band programs that exist throughout Maryland. Band has always been a place of acceptance for our students however this has not been equitable throughout the state. I desire to navigate the Maryland Band Directors' Association past "performative norms" to inclusiveness of all. I believe this truly reflects the variety of talents and skills that directors and students possess. We have many emerging ensembles that despite the broad scope of standards that NAfME addresses with all ensembles, Maryland is yet to be fully inclusive of them. Band Directors serve a diverse population thus our attention should be reflected in our practices on a state level by taking a thoughtful revision of curriculum & repertoire, innovative best practices, technology, mentorship, agency, and assessment of a variety of band programs.
Stuart Dailey has been a MSDE Certified Vocal General Music Educator for over 19 years. He has loved teaching in Prince George’s County Public School System for over 3 years. He has taught vocal, general, and instrumental music for 16 years in Baltimore City Public Schools. He holds a Baccalaureate in Music from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He holds a Master of Science Degree from Full Sail University in Education Media Design and Technology. He has performed in the DMV area with many bands and ensembles. He has traveled worldwide with the US Air Force “Tops in Blue” Show. He loves to teach students that “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Performance Possible.” Through the lens of music connecting to every discipline, he loves to teach scholars how music can improve academic achievement by connection, math, science, social studies, language arts, history, geography, and more.
I see music and the stakeholders reach higher heights and unfortunately lower lows. The Maryland Music Educators Association must hold to the core values of music pedagogy. I see a new and exciting movement of music performers, music educators, music advocates, music teachers, and music students. The MMEA must embrace inclusion and diversity in order to nurture, preserve, develop, challenge, and encourage the learners of music. I envision a more inclusive audience that embraces the greats in music past, present, and future. I do not advocate music that degrades, disrespects, or encourages hate of any measure. I see the Maryland Music Educators Association as a rock by which any student, teacher, parent, or stakeholder can stand on and increase their involvement to grow as listeners and as performers.
Mr. Gabriel Gray is a K-5 General Music teacher and chorus director at William A. Diggs Elementary School in Charles County, MD. He received his BA in Music Education from Marshall University, Huntington, WV in 2017, and began his teaching career in 2018. In addition to his work in the general music classroom, Gabriel has served as a professional development facilitator for his content area, a lead teacher for All-County Elementary and Middle School choirs, and as a vocal music director for high school musical theatre productions. Outside of the school system, Gabriel teaches private voice lessons and group voice classes at Danin’s Showbiz Boutique in La Plata, MD. As a performer, Gabriel has held virtual and stage roles with the Port Tobacco Players (PTP) and served as a tenor vocalist with St. Maries Choral Arts (SMCA).
The music educator is a critical facet of education, the school, the community, and to the futures of their students. In addition to nurturing a student’s musical skills and knowledge, we also nurture their social skills, work ethic, discipline, self-esteem, and choices they will make throughout their lives. It is our obligation, as ambassadors of music education, to present the unique features of our field as a catalyst for developing these human traits in all students. My mission in serving on the MGMTA is to ensure equal opportunity for professional growth and supports for general music educators, and for quality and meaningful musical experiences for all students. Setting these goals for educators and their students will ensure continuity for the next generation of lifelong musicians.
Kate Evans (she/her), Associate Professor of Music Education at Towson University, is a specialist in choral and general music education. Dr. Evans earned a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Miami and degrees in choral conducting and music education from Central Michigan University. Before moving to higher education, she taught K-12 choir and general music in Michigan. An active clinician, conductor, and researcher, Dr. Evans presents at conferences and teacher in-services internationally and across the United States.
Dr. Evans enjoys collaborating with others through her work in various professional organizations. She serves on the Maryland Choral Music Educators Association Board as University/Collegiate Representative (2017-present). She served on the MMEA Executive Board as Maryland Society for Music Teacher Education (MSMTE) President-Elect (2014-2016) and President (2016- 2018). She also served on the American Choral Directors Association Executive Board for the Maryland/D.C. Chapter as Youth and Student Activities Chair (2012-2015).
Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are essential elements of our practice and preparation of teachers and students. As an organization and as a profession, we must consistently and accurately use and distinguish between these terms to be effective in exacting change. Recognizing that these terms are different allows us to assess whether we are meeting goals in each area individually at all levels.
As MSMTE President, my primary goal would be communicating with stakeholders to determine how we can work together to increase access to music education for all students. MMEA/MSMTE can facilitate opportunities to critically examine areas such as curriculum, teacher preparation, and music major audition requirements, and to discuss how these areas can help or hinder diversity within the profession. We must continue to examine our practices and reflect on how the organization can best serve students, pre-service and in-service teachers, music supervisors, and music teacher educators.
Robin Giebelhausen is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland specializing in general music, technology, and creativity. She has completed levels training in Orff-Schulwerk and has studied Dalcroze, Kodály, World Music Drumming, and Music Learning Theory. Dr. Giebelhausen has taught students from birth (early childhood) to earth (retirement communities) and everything in between (preschool, elementary, secondary, college, professional development). Her research interests include music education policy, secondary general music, gender issues, and music creativity pedagogy. She has presented across the nation and has publications in various journals. More information can be found at https://soundeducators.org.
My goals for MMEA are two fold: First, I hope to support and continue the diversity, equity and inclusion work that the MMEA board focused upon as the pandemic began. As the SMTE representative, I can do that by supporting conversations that address access throughout the teacher education process. Second, I believe an area of growth would be to support teachers and pre-service teachers and to help them consider professional development the work of a lifetime. As the SMTE representative, I also hope to support early career teachers as they establish themselves in the field. Additionally, I believe that a mindset shift would help music teachers see the work of becoming better teachers as a lifelong goal, not just a short term one. I hope to serve the MMEA board with an open mind and ear.