Lori Schwartz Reichl (b. 1978) is a champion of mentorship and motivation in education. Lori has parlayed her experience of establishing and maintaining music programs in various educational settings into a portfolio career of serving as an active adjudicator, clinician, conductor, instructor, speaker, and writer. Lori is the author of over 60 articles and interviews for an assortment of education publications. She has conducted or presented in 15 states, including at international conferences and performances, prepared countless K-12 professional development sessions nationwide, spoken in dozens of collegiate classrooms, and has been interviewed for 11 music education podcasts. As a journalist for Teaching Music Magazine, she has written many of the featured stories. Lori is co-author with composer Robert Sheldon of the e-resource Hit the Highest Notes: Tips from the Coordinator and Conductor for Hosting a Successful Honor Ensemble Festival. Lori designed her mentoring publications into a popular graduate course that she instructs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago entitled "Making Key Changes: Refresh Your Music Program."
Lori is founder of Making Key Changes where she supports the mentorship of educators and motivation of students in both face-to-face and remote settings. She enjoys invitations for conducting, consulting, and speaking engagements. She is also co-founder of Women Banding Together, a global group that cultivates mentoring relationships and fosters the development of women band directors. Additionally, Lori serves as state chair for Maryland and member of the mentoring committee for Women Band Directors International.
Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, Master of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, and Educational Leadership Certification in Administration and Supervision through McDaniel College.
Lori resides near Baltimore, Maryland where she maintains a large private saxophone studio. She shares an exciting life with her non-musical husband, her 5-year-old daughter (who is Broadway bound), and her 3-year-old son (who is destined to become a trombonist since he likes "farting" sounds). Lori grew-up in Manchester, 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 music and teaching.
Lori's motto is "Embrace your uniqueness!" 💗