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Board & Staff

Elected Officials

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Dr. Brian Schneckenburger - Baltimore County

President, Maryland Music Educators Association
bks.mmea@gmail.com

Dr. Brian Schneckenburger is Supervisor of Music and Dance for Baltimore County Public Schools.  He currently serves as President of the Maryland Music Educators Association and as a Steering Committee member for the Teaching with Primary Sources project for the National Association for Music Education. Brian also teaches adjunct in the music education department at Towson University. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction/Music Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jennifer Kauffman - Baltimore County

President-Elect, Maryland Music Educators Association
jmk.mmea@gmail.com

Jennifer Kauffman is currently a K-5 General Music teacher in Baltimore County, President-Elect of MMEA, Past President of MGMTA, and the past NAfME Council for General Music Education Eastern Division Representative. In 2015, Jennifer was awarded an MMEA Award for Excellence in teaching, while teaching in Allegany County. Serving as a presenter, guest conductor, chaperone, adjudicator at local, district, state and eastern levels has helped her awareness of the potential for all students and the drive to change instructional strategies to meet each student’s needs.

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Angela Adams - Anne Arundel County

Immediate Past President, Maryland Music Educators Association
aja1.mmea@gmail.com

Angela Adams is the choral director and a piano instructor at Old Mill High School, where she has worked for six years. Previously, Angela was the Choral Director and PVA department chair at Brooklyn Park Middle School Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program. Prior to that she spent thirteen years teaching Elementary General/Vocal at North Glen Elementary, Hilltop Elementary, and Crofton Elementary.  Angela has served on the Maryland Music Educators Association Executive Board since 2010 as President-elect and President of Maryland General Music Educators Association, MMEA Membership liaison, and then as President-Elect, President, Interim President, and now as Immediate Past President.

Otis Eldridge - Baltimore City

Member-At-Large, Maryland Music Educators Association

ole.mmea@gmail.com

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, he 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.

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Carrie Barrett - Baltimore County

Recording Secretary, Maryland Music Educators Association
mmeasecretary@gmail.com

Carrie Barrett holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education Degree from Towson University. She has taught 4th and 5th grade music in Baltimore County for the past 4 years. At her school, she fills the role of both the vocal general and the instrumental teacher and has an after school ukulele program . During the summer, she enjoys working at music camps and marching band camps.

Dr. Christopher M. Cicconi - Towson University

President, Maryland Band Directors Association
cmc.mmea@gmail.com

Dr. Christopher M. Cicconi is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestras and Associate Professor of Music Education at Towson University. Along with his role as music director of the Towson University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, he teaches courses in conducting, repertoire, instrumental methods/pedagogy, and supervises student teacher interns. He is an active clinician, guest conductor, and presenter throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and serves as the music director of the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (Concert Orchestra), and the New England Music Camp Symphony Band.

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Scott Engel - Washington County

President-Elect, Maryland Band Directors Association
sce.mmea@gmail.com

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.

Dr. Edryn J. Coleman - Howard County

President, Maryland Choral Educators Association
ecoleman.mcea@gmail.com

Dr. Edryn J. Coleman is choral director at Oakland Mills High School in Howard County, Maryland where he directs choir and teaches piano. He has previously taught music at the elementary, middle, and collegiate level serving as Director of Choral Activities at two universities. To his credit, he has numerous guest conducting, judging, and professional presentation to date. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he holds a BA in voice from Stillman College, an MME from Florida State University, and a DMA from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah University.

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Toni Daniel - Wicomico County

President-Elect, Maryland Choral Educators Association
ajd2.mmea@gmail.com

Toni Daniel is a longtime advocate and supporting of the Performing Arts. Completing her 18th year, she is the Director of Choral Activities at Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland. During her tenure, Toni has served in several roles for various choral events and organizations. Some of these positions include: All-Shore Junior and Senior Chair, District V Junior Choral Festival Chair, District V Senior Choral Festival Chair and the President of the Eastern Shore Choral Association. She understands the positive impact the performing arts can have on a student’s life – a place of acceptance and belonging.

AnneMarie Karnbach - St. Mary's County

President, Maryland Orchestra Directors Association
amk.mmea@gmail.com

AnneMarie Karnbach teaches orchestra, piano, and guitar at Chopticon High School, where she started the orchestra program 19 years ago. She enjoys guest conducting and adjudicating.  She has a BFA in Music Performance from IUP, where she also spent four years performing with the Johnstown Symphony. AnneMarie currently lives in Hollywood, Maryland with her husband, Chris; their two kids, Christopher and Abby; three dogs, Murphy, Daisy, and Holly; and Nora the cat. She is very excited to be involved with MODA as President!

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Dana Shieh - Private School

President-Elect, Maryland Orchestra Directors Association
dls.mmea@gmail.com

An active teacher and adjudicator, Mrs. Dana Shieh has been teaching for the past 28 years. She is currently the string orchestra director at Bishop McNamara High School. She was previously the string orchestra director at Thomas G. Pullen Arts Academy in Prince George’s County. Mrs. Shieh holds a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Columbus State University, a master’s degree in music education from Florida State University, and Suzuki certification from Emory and Henry College. Mrs. Shieh has previously served as a director for the Summer Instrumental Music Experience at University of Maryland and has judged All-State, Solo and Ensemble, and Orchestra Festivals around the state. As a performer, Mrs. Shieh has performed professionally with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras in the DC area.

Dr. Ashleigh Cicconi - Harford County

President, Maryland General Music Teachers Association
Alc.mmea@gmail.com

Dr. Ashleigh Cicconi, LPMT, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist and currently serves as the department chair of special education at Edgewood High School in Maryland, as well as an adjunct instructor of music education and music therapy courses at Towson University and Bard College. She provides professional development presentations across the Mid-Atlantic region and previously worked as a general music teacher and educational specialist at several private educational institutions.
 

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Gabriel Gray - Charles County

President-Elect, Maryland General Music Teachers Association
ggray.mmea@gmail.com

Gabriel Gray is an Elementary General Music Teacher and Choral Director at William A. Diggs Elementary School in Charles County. He holds a BA in Music Education from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. In addition to his work in the classroom, Gabriel is a member of his school’s professional learning team where he collaborates with colleagues to create and implement long-term school improvement plans for teacher practice and student learning.Within his school district, he has served as a lead teacher for All-County Elementary and Middle School choirs, a vocal music director for high school musical theatre productions, and as a vocal judge for the District XI Solo and Ensemble festivals. Gabriel also provides vocal instruction at Danin’s Showbiz Boutique in La Plata, MD. As an active member of MMEA for numerous years prior to his appointment to the board, Gabriel has further assisted with Junior All-State Choruses. 

Dr. Laura Hicken - Towson Univeristy

President, Maryland Society for Music Teacher Education
lkh.mmea@gmail.com

Laura Hicken is an assistant professor of music education at Towson University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and is the faculty sponsor for the Collegiate NAfME chapter. Hicken earned her Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin, her Master of Music Education at UNC-Greensboro, and her Bachelor of Music Education at Furman University. Prior to teaching at Towson, Hicken taught band and general music in South Carolina and Florida.

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Dr. Kate Evans - Towson University

President-Elect, Maryland Society for Music Teacher Education
kevans@towson.edu

Dr. 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. 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).

Appointed Chairs & Representatives

Amy T. Hairston - Montgomery County

Advocacy Chair
ahairston.mcea@gmail.com

Amy T. Hairston is in her 17th year as a choral/general music and theatre teacher in MD (Springbrook HS). She is a proud alumnus of Oakland Mills HS & UMD. She has been a music clinician/adjudicator for Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Calvert County, and enjoys presenting for graduate classes and professional development sessions. In 2022-2023, she looks forward to continuing to support the Maryland music education community in their advocacy work.

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Krystal Williams - Prince George's County

State Large Ensemble Festivals Chair

kwilliams.mmea@gmail.com

Krystal Williams is a Music Adjunct lecturer for Woodwind & Brass Method for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is also 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 15 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 Large Ensemble Chair for MMEA Maryland, the newly appointed Eastern Division Chair for the Dr. Williams P. Foster Project replacing Dr. Gregory Drane, 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.

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Stephanie Mayer-Sattin - Private School

Private School Representative
stms.mmea@gmail.com 

Ms. Stephanie Mayer-Sattin has been a member of the music faculty of the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland since 2000. She earned a B.A. degree in music education from Baylor University and a M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of Houston. She has studied with Hugh Sanders (Baylor University), Charles Hausmann (Houston Symphony Chorus), Christopher~Seaman (Naples Philharmonic and Rochester Symphony), and Michael Lankester (Hartford Symphony). Ms. Mayer-Sattin has presented at conferences for the Association for Independent Maryland Schools, the Maryland Music Educators’ Association Conference, National Association for Music Education Eastern Conference, the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference, and has presented three times for the International Society for Music Education Conference. Ms Mayer-Sattin was recently honored with the MMEA 2021 Music Educator of the Year award.  Her book chapter collaboration on musician health is published in Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine Practice (Springer) and she is currently a doctoral student at Boston University.

​Dr. Louise L. Anderson - Salisbury University

Research Chair

dranderson.mmea@gmail.com

Dr. Anderson, an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator for Music Education at Salisbury University, MD, has 30 years of experience teaching music in PK-12 schools. Her focus areas are secondary general music, choral music education, curriculum writing, ukulele instruction, and music technology. Her commitment to service was rewarded with the Service Award for the Fulton School of the Humanities. She also performs a variety of instruments and sings with Diana Wagner, also an SU professor.

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Dr. Jeffrey Baer - Wicomico County

Solo and Ensemble Festival Chair

jbaer@wcboe.org

Dr. Jeffrey Baer is the Supervisor of Fine Arts for Wicomico County Public Schools. During his 32-year career, Jeff has taught choral music and musical theatre in Wicomico and Somerset Counties. He is a church organist/choir director in Salisbury, an active accompanist, and musical director and actor for the Community Players of Salisbury. He holds music education and educational leadership degrees from Mansfield (PA), Florida State, and Walden Universities.

Richard McCready - Howard County

Young Composers Chair

rmccready@hcpss.org

Richard A McCready teaches Music Technology, Piano, and Guitar, at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland, and is also the Resource Teacher for Music Technology for Howard County, MD. He was awarded the 2013 TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award, the 2013 Howard County Music Educator of the Year Award, and also the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Educator Award. He was also recognized by School Band and Orchestra as one of their “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” in 2017, and was a Grammy Music Educator Award semi-finalist in 2015.

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Walter Harley - Prince George's County

Tri-M Chair

wah.mmea@gmail.com

Walter A. Harley is in his 27th year as Chairman, Director of Bands and Orchestra at Oxon Hill High School. Oxon Hill bands/orchestra have received Superior and Excellent ratings at local, state, and national music festivals. Walter awards are Band Director of the Year 2008, LOVE Award 2009, 2012; Prince Georges’ County Teacher of the Year 2000, PGCPS Outstanding Educator of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012; The Washington Post Agnes Myer Outstanding Educator of the Year 2012, and NBA Citation of Excellence 2011, 2012 and 2016. 

 

Staff

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Anthony J. Conto

Executive Director

Anthony has 21 years of experience as a music educator and arts administrator. His primary background is in instrumental music, as well as experience in choral music. He was the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Bands & Orchestra at Bishop McNamara H.S. in Forestville, Maryland. He is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor for the D.C.’s Different Drummer’s Symphonic Band, in Washington D.C. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Music Education and Conducting, from the University of Maryland, as well as a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. He has an extensive background with non-profit organizations and a wealth of experience working with teams, event coordination, fundraising, and budget management. Anthony was born, raised and currently lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Kayde Deardorff

Communications Manager

 

Kayde is a nature lover and lifelong musician, and has been both a Teaching Artist and on the admin team at a number of Virginia nonprofits. She has been working in admin and customer service for 13 years, and really enjoys working remotely with MMEA.

Andie Sante

Operations Manager

 

Andie is a life-long resident of Maryland and has spent the past 26 years working in administrative positions for non-profits in the arts and humanities. She is an Maryland All State Senior Chorus alumni and loves working for MMEA to promote music education in Maryland.