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Our Directors

 Scott AuCoin, Choral Director


Mr. AuCoin is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor's of Music Composition and a Bachelor's of Music Education. Recently, Mr. AuCoin traveled to Seoul, South Korea to sing at the World Symposium on Choral Music with the University of Maryland Chamber Singers under the direction of Edward Maclary. He has also sang under such batons as Marin Alsop, Matthew Halls, Christoph Eschenbach, and Helmuth Rilling. Mr. AuCoin has written works for all types of ensembles. Numerous choral works have been performed at UMD and Reservoir High School commissioned him to write an orchestral piece. Most recently, Mr. AuCoin wrote Ken's Story which was performed by the world renowned Kronos Quartet.



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   J. Nick Ellis, Band Director
Mr. Ellis was born and raised in Howard County and has lived in the area all his life. A graduate of Atholton High School in Columbia, Mr. Ellis studied music at Frostburg State University and Peabody Conservatory. He has advanced degrees in music education, trumpet performance, and audio engineering. Mr. Ellis has taught band at all levels from elementary through high school. His groups are well known for having impeccable sound and attention to detail in performance. He has been actively involved in Maryland Music Educators Association and has contributed at many levels. In previous years, he has served as an equipment manager for the All-State groups, Chief Trumpet Judge and chairman of the Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festival. He is a sought after brass clinician and adjudicator. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Ellis owns and operates the audio production company Mobile Sound Reinforcement which has served many notable clients including AOL/Time Warner, Howard County Recreation and Parks, The Today Show, former Governor Bob Erlich, WMAR Channel 2, The American Cancer Society, Lifebridge Health systems, and Senator Jay Rockefeller.

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Rosemary Lather, Orchestra Director

Rosemary Lather has a Bachelor's degree in music performance from University of Maryland. She also has a Juris Doctor degree. In addition to her degrees, Mrs. Lather studied the violin with Robert Gerle of Catholic University, Berl Senofsky of Peabody Conservatory and Herbert Greenberg, former BSO concertmaster. This is her 24th year of teaching orchestra in Howard County and her 17th year of directing the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Orchestra. Mrs. Lather has over 25 years of orchestral playing experience including the 1st violin sections of the Harrisburg Symphony, Maryland Symphony and Fairfax Symphony. Mrs. Lather admits that she also does some fiddle playing with her banjoist husband and has performed at the Smithsonian and many historical venues. In 2000, Mrs. Lather was named Music Teacher of the Year in Howard County. She is a frequent guest conductor and adjudicator all over Maryland. 

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