Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation. Dr. Reichl's mission is to encourage educators and leaders to reflect on our teaching practices while making key changes to refresh strategies that represent a shared vision to enrich the classroom, company, and community.
Dr. Reichl’s unique experiences have permitted her to expand her multifaceted career into a portfolio as a clinician, conductor, instructor, writer, and speaker. She is the author of nearly 100 articles that have been reprinted with permission by more than 10 organizations worldwide. She designed these mentoring pieces into a graduate course that she instructs at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and VanderCook College of Music (Chicago). She also creates inspirational content for a monthly educational newsletter consisting of almost 2,000 subscribers. Musically, Dr. Reichl has served as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for honor bands in a handful of states. Generally, for all areas and levels of education, Dr. Reichl has presented more than 100 professional development sessions and keynote speeches for educational systems, organizations, and conferences in almost half of the nation's states including international events. In addition, she has been interviewed for 15 education and leadership podcasts. Dr. Reichl’s research is rooted in the student voice and effective strategies of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Belonging.
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 a member of 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 https://MusicReadingClass.com/, 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 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, collaborate with various communities, and receive recognition for her teaching efforts. 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 both 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 for all levels and areas of education.
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 resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she maintains a private saxophone studio. 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, 7-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son. Her children remind her how to live, love, and laugh and her husband models the importance of examining scenarios from every possible angle.
Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl's motto is to Embrace Uniqueness! 💗