Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation in education. Lori's culturally diverse experiences of building and maintaining secondary band programs in rural, Title I, and corrective action schools have transformed her career into serving as an active adjudicator, author, clinician, conductor, instructor, and speaker. Lori has enjoyed collaborative projects in music education in Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, D.C, with upcoming conducting and speaking engagements in Florida, Ohio, South Dakota, and Vermont. She has presented for organizations including: DMEA (Delaware), KMEA (Kansas), PMEA (Pennsylvania), MMEA (Maryland), OMEA (Ohio), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), NAfME's Eastern Division, and WBDI (Women Band Directors International). She has been interviewed for the Everything Band Podcast and the Music Ed Podcast. Recently, Lori has been appointed the Head of Outreach for ICD (Institute for Composer Diversity).
Lori is the author of the “Tools for Educators” series entitled “Key Changes: Refreshing Your Music Program” published monthly in the teacher's edition of In Tune Monthly Magazine where she provides resources to enhance the music classroom and rehearsal space. She also serves as a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine. With more than 50 originally published educational articles and interviews, Lori's work is also featured each month as part of NAfME's Music in a Minuet Blog and her publications frequently appear in the Maryland Music Educator Journal and The Woman Conductor Journal. In the summer of 2018, Lori designed her mentoring publications into a graduate course that she instructs annually through the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania appropriately entitled "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program". In Maryland, Lori serves as Artistic and Executive Director of the Regional Repertory Wind Ensemble, Coordinator of Howard County's Secondary Solo & Ensemble Festival, Conductor of Howard County's Middle School Honor Band, and Maryland State Chair for WBDI.
Lori began her career in 2001 as the first full-time band director of Daniel Boone Area Middle School in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where she received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2006 she moved to Maryland and began her work with Title I Schools. As band director of Oakland Mills Middle School, Lori was a finalist for the 2011 Howard County Teacher of the Year Award as well as a finalist for the 2013 Howard County Parents for School Music Educator of the Year Award. Under her baton, the Oakland Mills Bands received consecutive superior ratings at county, state, and regional adjudications, were presented an Honorary Resolution from the Howard County Council, and performed as the featured middle school band at the 2014 Maryland Music Educators Conference. From 2014 to 2016 Lori was asked to serve as band director and to create the music program for Thomas Viaduct Middle School, Howard County’s newest secondary school. In its opening year, the band received superior ratings at county and regional festivals and was invited to perform at the state band festival.
Lori has served as a high school band director for American Music Abroad from 2006 to 2010, creator and conductor of the Howard County Middle School Honor Band from 2009 to 2015, conductor of the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band in 2016 and 2017, and supervisor of music education interns for Towson University in 2017 and 2018.
Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, Master of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, and Administrator I Certification through McDaniel College. Lori is a saxophone player who resides near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, daughter, and son.
Lori's motto is "Embrace your uniqueness!" 💗