Lori Schwartz Reichl is the author of the series “Key Changes: Refreshing Your Music Program” published monthly in the teacher edition of In Tune Magazine. Her work has also been published in the Maryland Music Educator's Journal and she has contributed to articles in Teaching Music Magazine. Within Maryland, Mrs. Reichl serves as adjunct faculty at Towson University where she fulfills the role of Music Education Intern Supervisor and is co-director of the Howard County Public School System Middle School Gifted & Talented Band. As assistant director for the Regional Repertory Wind Ensemble, she has collaborated with composers Brian Balmages, Samuel Hazo, Richard Saucedo, Robert Sheldon, and Frank Ticheli.
Since 2001, Mrs. Reichl has passionately worked in rural, suburban, and urban public schools. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards and her bands consistently receive superior ratings at county, state, and regional adjudications. During her tenure as band director at Daniel Boone Area Middle School in Berks County, Pennsylvania, she received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Teaching. As band director of Oakland Mills Middle School in Columbia, Maryland, a Title I school assigned to corrective action at the time of her tenure, Mrs. Reichl was a finalist for the Howard County Teacher of the Year and the Howard County Parents for School Music Educator of the Year Awards. Under her baton, the Oakland Mills Band received an Honorary Resolution from the Howard County Council and performed as the featured middle school band at the 2014 Maryland Music Educator’s Conference. In 2014 Mrs. Reichl was asked to serve as band director and develop the music program for Howard County's newest Title I school, Thomas Viaduct Middle School. She was given the opportunity to build a new band program by inspiring a diverse community of students from twenty-seven previous schools. In the opening year of the school, the band received superior ratings at county and regional adjudications and was invited to perform at the state band festival.
Mrs. Reichl is an active adjudicator, clinician, and conductor both nationally and internationally. She has fulfilled these roles in Austria, Delaware, France, Germany, Italy, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, Texas, Washington, D.C., and extensively throughout Maryland. As an avid presenter at conferences, professional development sessions, and universities nationwide, she serves as a resource for building inspiring music programs, developing effective classroom management techniques and rehearsal routines, motivating diverse learners, and achieving musical unity in ensembles. View all of Mrs. Reichl’s upcoming and previous musical engagements. Join Mrs. Reichl at a summer band camp!
Mrs. Reichl earned her B.S. in music education from West Chester University, her M.M. in music education from Lebanon Valley College, and additional training in classroom management, supervision of student teachers, and teacher leadership from various collegiate institutions.
Mrs. Reichl resides in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband and daughter.
Marci Major, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at West Chester University, in Pennsylvania, where she teaches choral methods, intro to music education, graduate classes, a service learning class in collaboration with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus, and mentors student teachers. Additionally, she directs the Youth Chorale ensemble with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus.
As an active researcher, Dr. Major's primary research interests encompass the economics of music education in today's public schools and choral music in the middle levels. She has had her research accepted for publication in the Bulletin for Council of Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Missouri School Music Magazine, Maryland Music Educator's Journal, and Research Studies in Music Education. Additionally, Dr. Major has presented her research at state, national, and international conventions, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conferences and the International Association for Music Education (ISME) Conferences.
Dr. Major balances her research interests with the roles of adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. As a clinician, Dr. Major presents at state, regional, and national conferences on building ensemble identity, movement in the choral rehearsal, and process in the performance. In 2017 she will co-present a session at the National OAKE conference on reaching all learners to achieve independence in musical literacy. Dr. Major currently works as an adjudicator for the programs of Music in the Parks and US Bands and adjudicates for several independent music festivals. Upcoming conducting engagements include honors choirs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. View all of Dr. Major’s upcoming and previous musical engagements.
Dr. Major earned her B.S. in music education from West Chester University, her M.M. in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University. Formerly Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Missouri, Dr. Major taught choral materials and methods, conducting and rehearsal techniques, psychology of music, and conducted MU's Concert Chorale. Dr. Major also served as the Artistic Director for the community choir, Columbia Chorale, and co-directed the Choristers ensemble of the St. Louis Children's Chorus. Prior to her appointment at MU, Dr. Major taught middle and high school choir in Michigan and later served as a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Major resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.