Music Faculty

 

Terry S. Alvey, Instrumental Music Director

 

 

 

 

Terry S. Alvey, Instrumental Music Director [email protected] Terry Alvey, director of instrumental music, has been teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools for 22 years and is entering her sixth year at Walt Whitman High School. Ms. Alvey teaches the following Whitman ensembles: Concert Band (ninth grade); Concert Orchestra; Symphonic Band; Wind Ensemble; Symphonic Orchestra; Jazz Ensemble; and the Pit Orchestra for our Fall Musical. The Instrumental Department also fields a pep band, marching band, and drum-line. Ms. Alvey is a member of the M Street Brass Quintet, a Washington, D.C.-based performing ensemble, and has been on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, D.C. Youth Orchestras, Montgomery County Youth Orchestras, and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra programs. During her teaching career with Montgomery County Public Schools, she has taught at Tilden, North Bethesda, and Hoover Middle Schools, in addition to Whitman. Under her leadership, these schools’ bands and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at both the District and State Band and Orchestra Festivals. Ms. Alvey is currently conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble, has served as conductor for the Montgomery County Sixth Grade and Junior Honors Bands, as well as the Senior Honors String Orchestra, and was the 2006–2007 conductor for the Maryland All-State Junior Band. An active educator, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and performer, Ms. Alvey maintains a private trumpet studio in addition to fulfilling her duties as director of Whitman’s Instrumental Music Department.

 

Michelle Searle Kim, Choral Music Director [email protected]Mrs. Kim started her career as a choir director in Charles County Public Schools in 1996.  After three years, she moved to Seneca Valley HS in Montgomery County to pursue her first love of teaching, Instrumental Music.  After a few years, Michelle realized that her real passion was teaching vocal music and she had the opportunity to take over the Seneca Valley HS Choir program in 2001 where she taught until 2019. Mrs. Kim is originally from Johnstown, PA and was lucky enough to have had amazing music teachers to inspire her to pursue music as a career.  

At Seneca Valley, Mrs. Kim built the choir program over the years to include 3 auditioned choirs:  An Advanced Honors Chamber Choir, Advanced Women’s Chamber Choir, Honors Treble Choir, as well as two non-auditioned classes:  Women’s Concert Choir and a Men’s Ensemble.  Her choirs have been known to perform high energy, diverse music and have consistently received superior ratings at County and State Festivals as well as National Competitions and Festivals.  Her choirs have also been recognized for connecting with their music and bringing movement, energy, and emotion to their performances! Some of her choirs’ highest honors include performing at the White House in 2007, the MD State Governors Mansion in 2008, 2009 and 2013, a filmed TV appearance on PBS entitled “Celebrate America” in 2009, the 52nd MENC Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference in 2011, the MMEA In-Service Conference in 2013, and the most memorable, singing at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012!    

Mrs. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Clarion University of PA with a focus on trumpet performance.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Education and Adolescent Human Development from the University of MD, College Park. Michelle’s professional affiliations include being a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), MMEA (Maryland Music Educators Association), MCEA (Maryland Choral Educators Association and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association).  Mrs. Kim was also the recipient of the Maryland Music Educators Association “Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year” in 2014.  She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Choral Educators Association and is well known in the State as a clinician and adjudicator.   

 

Heather Borsum, General Music Teacher [email protected] Heather Borsum is entering her 6th year of teaching at Whitman and her 23rd year in MCPS.  She conducts the Concert Band and teaches the AP Music Theory, Piano, and Guitar classes.  She’s also had the honor of accompanying several of Whitman’s choirs over the past few years.   Ms. Borsum is in demand as an adjudicator for band festivals and solo festivals throughout Maryland, and she has worked with both the Montgomery County Honors Band and the All State band several times. Ms. Borsum is also an active performer; she is a percussionist who has performed throughout the DC metropolitan area. She has appeared with many types of ensembles including orchestras, concert bands, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, and percussion ensembles. In her career she has shared the stage with Marvin Hamlisch, Maureen McGovern, Kenny Rogers, Boyz to Men, and Robert Merrill, among others. Ms. Borsum is a product of Montgomery County, having graduated from Magruder High School in 1990. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Music from Catholic University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, having initially earned that status in 2005 and renewing her certification in 2014.

Student Teachers

Caleb Lee student teacher Caleb Lee is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. He is currently in his last semester of student teaching to receive his Bachelor of Music Education. He is incredibly excited to work with the choirs and students at Walt Whitman High School and is looking forward to his time here.  While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Lee was active with the choir department as an operations intern and score librarian for three years. He has also sung in many of the choirs offered at Maryland, including the University Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Opera Chorus, and Chamber Singers. In addition to singing in these ensembles, Mr. Lee has also directed MännerMusik, an all-male, student-led a capella group. While singing with the choirs at Maryland, Mr. Lee has sung many concerts in collaboration with professional groups such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Mr. Lee has sung a number of roles as a part of the University of Maryland undergraduate opera program, OperaTerps, including Dr. Gregg from Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Ben from Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone, and David from Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge. Mr. Lee is hoping to grow as a music teacher during his time at Walt Whitman High School. He is forever grateful to Mr. Davidson for giving him the opportunity to work in his classroom and to help learn from teaching. Mr. Lee would also like to thank Ms. Alvey, Ms. Borsum, and his fellow UMD student teacher, Mr. Fowler, for supporting him during his time at Whitman.  

Patrick FowlerPatrick Fowler is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance. He is so excited to be working with the bands and orchestras at Walt Whitman High School.
While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Fowler was a member of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra for four years and often played with the Wind Orchestra as well. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Fowler has premiered works by many living composers, most recently a Duet for Double Bass and Percussion by Max Vinetz and Nicole DeMaio’s Solo for Double Bass Alone. 
Mr. Fowler was also a member of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic during the 2017 summer season, including acting as Principal of the double bass section. Mr. Fowler has also attended the Brevard Music Center and Festival during the summers of 2014 and 2016. Mr. Fowler has studied with Robert Oppelt (Principal Bass of the National Symphony Orchestra), Ira Gold, Kevin Casseday, and Ed Malaga, and has taken part in masterclasses with Craig Brown, Jeffrey Turner, and Ali Yazdanfar. Mr. Fowler has also taken lessons in conducting with Edward Maclary and Matthew Halls. 

   

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