Artistic Leadership

Artistic Director Marty Banghart

Artistic Director – Marty Banghart provides the force and vision guiding the Deer Creek Chorale. A career choral educator from Harford County, Ms. Banghart has dedicated her energies toward developing the Deer Creek Chorale into an exciting and talented inter-generational choir. During the process, her singers have worked with guest conductors such as Simon Carrington, Tom Hall, Paul Head, Karen Kennedy, John Guthmiller, Drew Collins, and Z. Randall Stoope. Her choirs have competed in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen,Wales and performed for the 2008 Pre-Olympic Festival in China. Whether singing for the Pope’s Mass at the Vatican or with the Czech Children’s Choir in Prague or performing Schubert at Carnegie Hall, her singers have experienced the glories and challenges of the choral tradition. Carmina Burana, Messiah, Mass in Time of War, Creation, Seasons, Mass of the Children, Glorias by Rutter and Poulenc, Requiems by Rutter, Mozart, Faure, and Brahms, Magnificats by Bach, Pergolesi, and Rutter and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols are some of the major works that Ms. Banghart has brought to the wider community.

Ms. Banghart is a member of National Association For Music Education, American Choral Directors Associationand Chorus America. Her awards include Teacher of the Year, Humanitarian Award, Teacher of Excellence in Maryland, and Director of Note. She continues to study voice and vocal pedagogy with Ruth Drucker and recently participated in a Choral Leadership seminar with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. She has served as a consultant, adjudicator, guest conductor, soloist and clinician and maintains a private voice and guitar studio.


Assistant Director Wayne perry

Assistant Director – Wayne Perry has been a musician for as long as he can remember, starting with singing nursery rhymes with his mother in the car. From that early start he learned to play the trumpet, switched to tuba in high school, and then majored in tuba at Towson University studying with Dan Brown, of the Baltimore Symphony. He also taught himself to play the guitar and string bass, and began conducting as a teen, leading his church choir and conducting the annual musical as a senior in high school.

In the ’70s Wayne spent 2 years in Australia as a teaching missionary then returned to earn a BS in Music Education at Towson. He spent the next 13 years as an educator teaching high school music (band and orchestra). His instrumental ensembles built a strong reputation for excellence, receiving several awards and recognitions along the way. During these years Wayne also served as an officer with the Maryland Association of Band Directors, including 2 years as its president. In 1990 he went on to become a school administrator. Retiring in 2008 after 30 years, he spent the last 9 as principal of 2 middle schools.

Wayne has worked quite a bit in vocal music, too, singing and strumming folk songs through the ’70s and studying voice for a while in college. Wayne has been quite active in local musical theater as an actor, singer, conductor, and music director. After all this, several choirs, and some barbershop singing, he discovered groups like the King Singers and the Real Group, and he’s been hooked on contemporary A Capella music ever since. He is currently a church choir director, sings and strums folk songs for anyone willing to listen, and is the director of his own A Capella group, Bonus Track.

Wayne has been happily married to his wife Karen since 1977. In addition to keeping up with her, their 5 kids and 7 grandchildren, and his musical pursuits, he currently teaches education administration courses at McDaniel College, and is the Registrar for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. We are thrilled that he is a part of the Deer Creek Chorale family.

Youth Choir Artistic Director Julie Culotta

Youth Choir Artistic Director Julie Culotta

Youth Choir Artistic Director – Julie Culotta is an active and engaging choral conductor, clinician, presenter and adjudicator. She has recently completed her Masters in Music from Georgia State University where she studied choral conducting with Deanna Joseph.   Mrs. Culotta is thrilled to be returning to the Baltimore area to rejoin the choral music community.

Growing up near Bel Air, Maryland, Mrs. Culotta received her bachelors of music education at the University of Maryland – College Park. Upon graduation, she was privileged to teach choral music at North Harford Middle School. While at North Harford, she directed a choral program with over 220 students and her choirs consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at both County and State Choral Adjudications. Mrs. Culotta also served as the Artistic Director of the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis (ACCA), an auditioned community youth chorus for young singers age 7-18.  Since beginning with ACCA in 2006, she helped expand the music program, increasing the membership to almost 100 singers. In addition to the artistic direction of the chorus, she managed all of the administrative and financial aspects of the 501©3 non-profit organization from 2011-2014. She was active on the Maryland ACDA and MCEA boards, managing the High School State Choral Festival each spring. Additionally, Mrs. Culotta maintains a private voice and piano studio.


Accompanist Shisa Suskey

Accompanist – Shisa Suskey was born in Japan and has lived in the United States since 1981. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from West Virginia University, and her performances have aired on West Virginia Public Radio and WQXR, the New York Times Radio Station. Residing in Bel Air since 1991 with her husband, John, Shisa taught at Harford Community College and served as the President of the Harford County Piano Teachers’ Association and the President of the Baltimore Music Teachers’ Association. She currently serves as the State Festival Chairman for the Maryland Federation of Music Clubs. She also worked as a church organist and choir director for 22 years.

Currently, Shisa teaches piano lessons privately and adjudicates piano competitions. Many of her students have received top prizes at competitions in the Baltimore – Washington area. She also performs in Harford County with the Fallston High School and C. Milton Wright High School choruses. Shisa has been the accompanist for the DCC since September of 2007.