Brandon Catt is Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Glenbard East. As Fine Arts Chair he oversees the Music, Visual Arts, and Speech Arts areas. Mr. Catt's teaching responsibilities include East’s numerous curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles and serving as Vocal Director for the musical. Since his arrival at East, Mr. Catt has reinstated the Ramparts, an elite group of singers which performs the National Anthem at various events throughout the community including East athletic contests. He is also the founder of the Voices of East choir, which is an initiative to involve students, teachers and community members outside of the music program in a positive and successful singing environment. In its inaugural season, the Voices of East had over 100 participants.
Before coming to East, Mr. Catt earned two Bachelor of Music Education degrees with highest honors (choral and general music) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois, he was awarded the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and served as the State President for the Illinois Collegiate Music Educators Association (ICMEA). In addition to singing, Mr. Catt is also a percussionist and spent four years in the Marching Illini Drumline, where he later held an instructional appointment as the cymbal section technician. In 2007, Mr. Catt founded iDrum World Hand Drumming Workshops and lead summer music camps for youth and adults as a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL.
Mr. Catt earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013 & 2014, he was named a quarterfinalist in the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award. Mr. Catt is an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), serving as the District IX Choir Co-Representative, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the Illinois Membership Co-Chair. His students have been selected for ILMEA District, All-State and Honors All-State Choirs as well as the ACDA State, Regional & National Honor Choirs. His teachers and mentors include Joe Grant, Ross Heise, Becky Miller, Fred Stoltzfus, Dawn Harris, Sam Reese, Johnny Lee Lane and Bob Boyd. He currently lives in Carol Stream with his wife Sarah, who is the Director of Choirs at Elk Grove High School.
Marissa McLean is thrilled to be part of the Glenbard East Music Faculty as the Assisstant Director of Choirs. At Glenbard East, she directs two sections of Treble Choir, WAVE, and Voices of East, along with overseeing the student-directed men’s and women’s a cappella groups. She also directs the Westlake Middle School Choirs and the co-curricular women’s ensemble at Elk Grove High School.
Before coming to Glenbard East, Ms. McLean was the Director of Choirs at South View Middle School, in Danville, IL. She graduated in 2014 from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She was twice nominated for the Elmhurst College Founder’s Award and was honored to be selected as the Elmhurst College Senior of the Year in 2014. She studied voice with Ms. Amy Pickering, was a member of both the Late Night Blues and Blue vocal jazz ensemble, and performed with the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Varsity Band. During her time in these ensembles, she held many executive positions and served as Head of House for the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.
Ms. McLean has performed in many venues across the US and Canada including: Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City and Boston. In 2013, she had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she taught music in both primary and secondary schools through a study abroad program.
Ms. McLean is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Illinois Music Educators Association (IlMEA) as well as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and spent 3 summers during college, as an intern for the Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, NY. Outside of teaching and music, she enjoys spending time with her friends, volunteering, traveling and visiting her family at home in Upstate New York.
Tina Shoemaker is excited to join the Glenbard East Music team for the 2016-2017 school year as Visiting Director of Choirs.
Mrs. Shoemaker opened Lincoln-Way North High School in 2008 as the school's first choral director. During her seven years there, she built the program from one small curricular choir to a large, thriving program. She was responsible for the four curricular choirs and seven extracurricular ensembles, including three Madrigal groups. She was also the director of the annual spring musical. Over the years, she taught individualized music, class piano, music seminar, and electronic music. Mrs. Shoemaker deeply loves the program and her students from Lincoln-Way North and is incredibly proud of what they built together.
Mrs. Shoemaker holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a vocal concentration from Bradley University. She earned her Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music. She is an active member of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) where she served for three years as the Women's Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair. During her time on the board she founded the Women's Chorus Sing and Share festival, now an annual event for the state of Illinois. She is also an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) where she served as an All State Chorus section leader for several years. In 2011 Mrs. Shoemaker was featured for her classroom management and procedures in an article on effective teachers by educational leader and author, Dr. Harry Wong.
Mrs. Shoemaker is an active member of her church where she serves in children's ministry. She also enjoys working with the local community theater on their youth camps. She and her husband Zach live in Tinley Park with their curious, clever, energetic toddler, Henry.