In 2004, Lynn L. Staininger joined the Choral Arts Society of Frederick (CASF) as the Artistic Director and Conductor. She serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Frederick Community College and as the Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of music at Hood College. She currently directs four college choirs, teaches music theory, music history and appreciation, and choral conducting. In addition, she maintains a large private voice and piano studio and is an organist and pianist for St. Joseph’s on Carrollton Manor Catholic Church in Buckeystown, Maryland.
Staininger earned her Master’s Degree in music with a focus in choral conducting from Arizona State University, where she was the Outstanding Senior Graduate in Music, and has since continued her studies with such distinguished musicians as Simon Carrington, Donald Neuen, Gary Thor-Wedow, and Jeremy Fox.
Before moving to Maryland, Staininger taught choral and general music, humanities, and drama for grades K-12 in the Arizona public schools and served as Vice-President of Choral Activities for the Arizona Music Educators Association. She was a member of Phoenix Vocal Jazz, a group which performed for audiences in the Phoenix metropolitan area and opened for Rosemary Clooney in concert. Ms. Staininger began her career in music as a theater organist and member of the American Theater Organ Society in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2017 Staininger earned the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Maryland Music Educators Association, an award given to teachers who build incredible music programs for their schools and communities, serve as music advocates, and act as mentors who instill a love and joy of music in others.
In 2020 Ms. Staininger was honored by the faculty, staff, and students of Hood College as the recipient of the Martha E. Church Prize for service to school and community.