Original Story by the Choral Arts Society of Frederick
Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities and music instructor at Hood College, 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 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. She is also the music director for the Choral Arts Society of Frederick (CASF).
MMEA is a professional not-for-profit association whose mission is to advance music education in Maryland schools. 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 who strive to instill a love and joy of music in others.
Staininger’s students, colleagues and counterparts recommended her for the award. Nancy Roblin, founder and director emerita of the Frederick Chorale, stated in her recommendation of Staininger, “Lynn is SIMPLY OUTSTANDING as a music teacher, choral director and performer. She brings to her teaching a truly amazing spectrum of musical skills.
“She is one of the few music teachers I’ve known who has both a strong classical music background and strong jazz/pop/contemporary background,” Roblin continued. “More importantly, she has the personality and teaching skills needed to blend all these styles into eclectic and very exciting programs with her choruses. I think 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!”
“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,” said Ashley Birdsell Lewis, manager of marketing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Hood College Choir alumna.
Staininger has been at Hood College since 2008, and she has been the music director for CASF and adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College for more than 13 years. She directs four college choirs, and teaches music theory and choral conducting while maintaining a large private voice and piano studio.
She earned her master’s degree in music from Arizona State University with a focus on choral conducting. She taught and performed in Arizona prior to moving to Frederick and opened for the late Rosemary Clooney in concert as a member of Phoenix Local Jazz.