Conductor, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II. Melissa Lichtler has been the director of the Cleveland Youth Symphony (CYWS) Group II since its inception in 1995. She is employed by the Chardon Local Schools where her duties include Chair of the Music Department, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Fifth Grade Band, Pit Orchestra, and Music Theory. Under her leadership, the Chardon High School Music Department has hosted the Ohio Music Education Association District 7 Solo and Ensemble Contest for the past several years.
As the Conductor of CYWS II, Mrs. Lichtler has had the experience in traveling and performing with the group in numerous international venues including: Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Scotland, England, and Spain. She would like to thank Dr. Gary Ciepluch for all of his support and the offering of endless opportunities.
A native of Minerva, Ohio, Mrs. Lichtler received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University. She graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Music Education from CWRU. As a trombonist, her teachers have included James DeSano and Paul Ferguson. Mrs. Lichtler has done post-graduate work at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Capital University in Columbus, and The University of Akron.
Mrs. Lichtler’s professional affiliations include the Ohio Music Education Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, and the Ohio Education Association. She has recently been elected to a second two-year term as the Secretary/Treasurer of the District 7 Ohio Music Education Association for which she is happy to serve.
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