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 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 and Head of Outreach for the Institute for Composer Diversity. With more than 50 originally published educational articles and interviews, Lori's work is also featured each month as part of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music in a Minuet Blog. In addition, her publications frequently appear in the Maryland Music Educator Journal and The Woman Conductor Journal. 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 Women Band Directors International (WBDI).
In the summer of 2019, Lori developed her mentoring publications into a graduate course that she designed and instructs through the University of the Arts appropriately entitled "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program". She has been interviewed for several music education podcasts, including episodes 120 and 121 of The Music Ed Podcast and episode 116 of the Everything Band Podcast.
Lori began her career in 2001 as the first full-time band director of Daniel Boone Area Middle School in Berks County, PA, 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. As an avid presenter for professional development sessions for pre-service, novice, and tenured educators, Lori serves as a resource for building community, developing effective classroom management and successful daily routines, and motivating diverse learners. Lori enjoys serving as an educational consultant and is currently working on several collaborative projects in music education.
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!" 💗