Music Faculty


Brendan W Kelly, Instrumental Music Director





Michelle Searle Kim, Choral Music Director   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 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.

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