Why do Vermonters feel such a strong attachment to the story of the von Trapp family and, subsequently, to The Sound of Music? Educator and conductor Stefanie Weigand explores why this story draws us in and holds our attention, even though the events that formed the basis of the show and film took place decades ago and thousands of miles away.
About the Presenter
Stefanie Weigand (she/her) is the Executive Director of Music-COMP, a non-profit organization that promotes creativity and teaches composition to both students and teachers. She enjoys working as a presenter, clinician, and guest conductor across the region and directs the Catamount Singers at the University of Vermont, where she is also on the voice faculty. Stefanie currently serves as the Chair of the NAfME Council for Choral Education. In the past, she has served as President and Membership Chair of the VT chapter of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and as ACDA’s Eastern Region Youth R&R Chair. While teaching grade 7-12 music at Harwood Union MS/HS, she was the 2014 recipient of the VMEA’s Outstanding New Music Educator Award and received a Masters of Music Education from Castleton University. After completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, Stefanie toured nationally with a Children’s Theatre Company and worked on stage and off as a performer, pit musician, and music director in New York. Since moving to Vermont, she has appeared as a vocalist, pianist, and music director for various organizations including TURNmusic, the Vermont Philharmonic, Stowe Theatre Guild, Lyric Theatre, Apex Ensemble, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, The Champlain Philharmonic, Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and more. Stefanie’s work as a studio vocalist can also be heard on a number of albums released through Lane Gibson studios, Lovetown Recording, and Tank Recording Studio, including the recent release of The Saturn People’s Sound Collective self-titled album.
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