Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation in music 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 serving as a guest conductor in Europe, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for numerous honor band festivals. 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, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, WBDI (Women Band Directors International) and countless K-12 and collegiate professional development sessions. She has been interviewed for the Everything Band Podcast (episode 116) and the Music Ed Podcast (episodes 120 and 121).
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 60 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 Woman Conductor Journal and many state music education association journals and newsletters. Her articles, "Professionalism in Teaching" and "Make It Stick", were highlighted as two of NAfME's "Top 10 Most-Read Music Education Blogs of 2019". Lori created 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".
As the Head of Engagement for ICD (Institute for Composer Diversity), Lori is dedicated to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers of historically underreprested groups. In Maryland, Lori serves as Artistic and Executive Director of the Regional Repertory Wind Ensemble, Coordinator of Howard County's Secondary Solo & Ensemble Festival, and Conductor of Howard County's Middle School Honor Band. For Women Band Directors International, she serves as a member of the Mentoring Committee and State Chair for Maryland. 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 a saxophone player, Lori grew-up in Manchester, Pennsylvania and attended the Northeastern School District in York County. She was fortunate to have her father, Frank Schwartz, as her elementary and high school band director. She credits her large extended family, and especially her father and mother, for her love of music and teaching. In 2001, Lori began her career 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 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 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 resides near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, her 4-year-old daughter (who dramatically wants to take the stage on Broadway), and her 2-year-old son (who is destined to be a percussionist).
Lori's motto is "Embrace your uniqueness!" 💗