Choral Arts Society of Frederick

Lynn L. Staininger, Music Director

Lynn Staininger, music director for the Choral Arts Society of Frederick (CASF), was presented with the 2017 Outstanding Music Educator Award at the Maryland Music Educators Association's (MMEA) 75th Anniversary and Awards Celebration on April 22, 2017. The Outstanding Music Educator is an annual award given to teachers who build incredible music programs for their schools and communities, serve as music advocates, and act as mentors that strive to instill a love and joy of music in others.

Her students, colleagues, and counterparts recommended Lynn for the award. Nancy Roblin, founder and director emerita of the Frederick Chorale, stated in her recommendation, "Lynn is SIMPLY OUTSTANDING as a music teacher, choral director, and performer. She is one of the few music teachers I've known who has both a strong classical music and jazz/pop/contemporary background. More importantly, she has the personality and teaching skills needed to blend these styles into eclectic and very exciting programs with her choruses. I think that this is what is required these days to engage young people raised on rock. It is a rare set of abilities and Lynn has it!"

Ashley Birdsell Lewis, Manager of Marketing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts and Hood Choir Alumna said, "She is a fierce and funny presence in the classroom, bringing as much passion to conducting and musicality as she does to teaching her students life skills and professionalism."

Lynn has been the music director for CASF and adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College for over thirteen years, and also serves as Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of Music at Hood College. She directs four college choirs, and teaches music theory and choral conducting, while maintaining a large private voice and piano studio.

Prior to moving to Frederick, Lynn worked in the Arizona public schools, teaching music for grades K-12, and served as Vice-President of Choral Activities for AMEA, MMEA's sister organization. As a member of Phoenix Vocal Jazz, she performed for audiences in the Phoenix metropolitan area and opened for Rosemary Clooney in concert.

Lynn received master's degree in music with a focus in choral conducting from Arizona State University and has since continued her studies with distinguished professors Dr. Donald Neuen, D.M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, and Simon Carrington, professor emeritus at Yale University and co-founder of the King's Singers of Cambridge University. She has coached with Gary Thor Wedow, Julliard School of Music, and she has since begun her study of jazz arranging for voices under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremy Fox, D.M.A., and Jason Alex Smith.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick is a non-profit organization funded by grants, endowments, membership dues, fundraising drives, ticket sales, and tax-deductible gifts.

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