Elizabeth Reinhardt, GT Orchestra Co-Director
Elizabeth Reinhardt has been the orchestra director at Hammond High School since 2009, where she conducts the Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. She also runs the rapidly growing chamber music club that fosters independent student musicians and promotes public performances throughout the community. Before becoming full-time at Hammond, Mrs. Reinhardt also taught at Patuxent Valley Middle School for 8 years. While at PVMS, her group was invited to perform for the Maryland Music Educators Association conference, where students performed a concert for teachers from all over the state.
As a clinician and judge, Mrs. Reinhardt has judged Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Orchestra Festivals, and All-State Junior and Senior Orchestras. She has guest conducted the UMBC Symphony Orchestra and worked with honor orchestras in Maryland. In addition, Mrs. Reinhardt has served on the HCPSS Music Leadership Team, where she helped plan and facilitate professional development for other Howard County orchestra teachers.
Mrs. Reinhardt received her Bachelors Degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was the winner of the concerto competition multiple times. She received her Masters Degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory. Mrs. Reinhardt maintains a private cello studio in Sykesville, MD, where she resides with her husband, Tim, who is also an orchestra teacher in Howard County, and her dogs Stella and Leo, who are aspiring singers.
Bonnie Zeitler, GT orchestra Co-Director
Mrs. Bonnie Zeitler is a string specialist in the Howard County Public School System and is currently directing a program of over 230 string students at Manor Woods Elementary School. She has taught in multiple middle and elementary schools in Howard County since moving to Maryland in 2003, but has been at MWES since 2006. She is delighted to be back working with the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Sinfonia after co-directing it at its inception.
Mrs. Zeitler is a sought after guest-conductor, as well as a judge for Orchestral Adjudications and Solo & Ensemble Festivals in many counties and the state level. Mrs. Zeitler has served as representative for Howard County’s Music Leadership Team and a guest lecturer for professional development sessions teaching other music educators. Mrs. Zeitler has maintained a private violin and viola studio for over 25 years. She conducts orchestras at multiple music camps each summer including the Marriotts Ridge High School Music Camp.
Mrs. Zeitler began playing the violin at age 4. She studied in San Francisco, New Orleans, San Diego and here in the Baltimore area and was the concertmaster of multiple university orchestras. Her music education programs featured special focus on both chamber music and cross-cultural language and development. She lives in Carroll County, Maryland with her husband and two sons, who are also musicians.
matthew boggs, GT Sinfonia Co-Director
Matthew Boggs received his Music Education degree from Peabody Conservatory in 2006. While at Peabody he studied with Paul Johnson and previously studied with Arnold Gregorian and Hampton Childress of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Since 2006, he has been a music educator in Howard County Public Schools where he currently is the Orchestra Director at Clarksville Middle School. Outside of being a middle school orchestra teacher, he has been a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for various county, regional, and state festivals.
Mr. Boggs has been a freelance musician and having appeared with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Maryland Philharmonic, and other ensembles in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia area. In addition, he is actively maintaining a private studio, is one of the founding members of Bass Works, a summer camp for only bass players, and working at Encore Summer Music camp for 13 years.
Chris Fyhr, GT Sinfonia Co-Director
Chris Fyhr currently serves as the Director of Orchestras and Music Technology at Long Reach High School in Columbia, Maryland. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Violin Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His violin teachers include Brennan Sweet, Matthew Reichert, Richard Clark, Joey Corpus, and James Gaskill. He has studied violin pedagogy with Rebecca Henry and Ronda Cole.
Mr. Fyhr is an active freelance violinist in the Baltimore/Washington area, where he performs regularly with area orchestras including Alexandria Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Sidney's Orchestra, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Fyhr frequently serves as a judge for Orchestra Adjudications and Solo & Ensemble Festivals throughout the state of Maryland, and has previously served as Guest Conductor for All County Orchestras in neighboring counties.
In addition to his classical background, Mr. Fyhr has also completed formal training in music production, sound design, and DJing through Berklee College of Music in Boston and Dubspot in New York City and is actively involved in the local music production and DJing communities. Mr. Fyhr also enjoys writing and recording metal and progressive rock, and has been involved with several regional progressive rock acts as both a guitarist and a violinist. In his spare time, Mr. Fyhr enjoys relaxing with his wife Alexandra, daughter Zoe, and their two miniature poodles.