Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation. Dr. Reichl's mission is to encourage individuals to reflect on our professional practices while making key changes to refresh strategies that represent a shared vision to enrich the classroom, company, and community. She collaborates with students, educators, and leaders throughout the nation and abroad to mentor and motivate them.
Dr. Reichl’s unique experiences have permitted her to expand her multifaceted career into a portfolio as a frequent educational consultant, guest conductor, university instructor, and motivational speaker. She is the author of nearly 100 educational articles that have been reprinted with permission by more than 10 organizations worldwide. Since 2019, she has had at least one article per year highlighted on the Top-10 Most Accessed Music Education Blogs for the National Association for Music Education, earning the #1 spot in 2022. She designed these mentoring pieces into two graduate courses that she instructs at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and VanderCook College of Music (Chicago). She also creates inspirational content for a monthly newsletter consisting of thousands of educator and administrator subscribers. Dr. Reichl has had the opportunity to present more than 100 professional learning sessions or keynote speeches, guest conduct more than 50 honor bands, and adjudicate instrumental music ensembles at more than 40 music festivals throughout the nation. In addition, Dr. Reichl has been interviewed for nearly 20 education and leadership podcasts.
Dr. Reichl is co-founder of Women Banding Together, a global group that cultivates mentoring relationships and fosters the development of women band directors. For Women Band Directors International, she serves as the Maryland State Chair and a member of the mentoring committee. She is a member of the K-12 Repertoire Diversity Task Force for the National Association for Music Education and the Executive Advisory Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity. In addition, she has previously served as a member of the advisory committee of the Status of Women Mentoring Program for the North American Saxophone Alliance and as an ensemble director on four European summer tours for American Music Abroad. Dr. Reichl is a premier instructor for Music Reading Class, a resource to help people of all ages learn to read music.
Dr. Reichl has served as a proud educator since 2001. She has lovingly taught students and successfully led secondary music programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland schools that are located in rural and suburban areas, labeled Title I, and have been assigned to "corrective action." In both states, Dr. Reichl has had the opportunity to open two new school buildings, develop new curricula, and collaborate with various communities. In Pennsylvania she received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Daniel Boone Area School District and in Maryland she has been a finalist for the Howard County Parents for School Music Educator of the Year Award and the Howard County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Reichl attended the Northeastern School District in York County, Pennsylvania. She was fortunate to have her father as her elementary and high school band director and musical mentor and her mother as her creative cheerleader and present-day editor. She credits her large extended family, and especially her parents, for her love of creativity, music, and teaching. Dr. Reichl received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, Master of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, Administrator I Certification through McDaniel College, and Doctor of Music Education from Liberty University. Dr. Reichl’s research is rooted in the student voice and effective strategies of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Belonging.
Dr. Reichl resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she maintains a private saxophone studio and coaches her daughter's basketball team. She travels the world both in-person and virtually when invited for conducting, consulting, and speaking engagements. She shares an exciting life with her (non-musical!) engineer husband and two young children.
Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl's motto is to Embrace Uniqueness! 💗
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