Artistic Director – Martha Banghart provides the force and vision guiding the Deer Creek Chorale. A career Maryland choral educator, Mrs. Banghart has dedicated her energies toward developing the Deer Creek Chorale into an energetic, talented inter-generational choir dedicated to providing the Choral Art to the greater community. She has invited noted conductors Simon Carrington, Tom Hall, Paul Head, Karen Kennedy, John Guthmiller, Drew Collins, Z. Randall Stoope, and Derrick Fox, all of whom have worked with her choirs as guest clinicians. Her choirs have competed internationally in Wales, China, Austria, Italy and Czechoslovakia. Her singers have performed a challenging repertoire in 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.
Ms. Banghart is an active member of the National Association For Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and Chorus America. She was invited to make her directorial debut at Carnegie Hall in 2018. 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 and has studied Choral Leadership with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. She has served as a national consultant, adjudicator, guest conductor, soloist and clinician and maintains a private voice and guitar studio.
Wayne Perry has a background of both instrumental and vocal music. He plays trumpet and tuba and majored in tuba at Towson University studying with Dan Brown, of the Baltimore Symphony, where he earned a BS in Music Education. He is self-taught on guitar and string bass, and began conducting as a teen, leading his church choir and conducting the annual musical.
He spent the next 13 years as high school music educator (band and orchestra). His instrumental ensembles built a reputation for excellence after receiving both recognition and awards. Wayne served as an officer with the Maryland Association of Band Directors, including 2 years as President. In 1990 he became a school administrator, then middle school principal and retired in 2008 after 30 years. He has been active in local musical theater as an actor, singer, conductor, and music director. He currently teaches education administration courses at McDaniel College and is the Registrar for the Maryland Association of Student Councils. Wayne directs his church choir and is Director and Founder of the A Capella group, Bonus Track.
Youth Choir Artistic Director
Julie is an active and engaging choral conductor, clinician, presenter and adjudicator. She founded the Deer Creek Youth Choir in 2016, after receiving her Masters of Music from Georgia State University, where she studied choral conducting with Deanna Joseph. She is also the Music Teacher and Youth Music Minister at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland.
A Maryland native, Mrs. Culotta’s love for community youth choir began as a young singer with the the Frederick Children’s Chorus under the direction of Mrs. Judy DuBose. Mrs. Culotta received her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Maryland – College Park. She previously taught choral music at North Harford Middle School in Harford County. Mrs. Culotta served as 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 developed the program from one ensemble of 40 singers to over 100 singers in three ensembles. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the Board of the Maryland Choral Educator Association. Mrs. Culotta resides in Lutherville, Maryland with her husband Dave and their 4 children, Adelyn, Cooper, Camden and Grace.
Shisa Suskey was born in Japan and has lived in the United States since 1981. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from West Virginia University, and her performances have aired on West Virginia Public Radio, WQXR and the New York Times Radio Station. Residing in Bel Air since 1991 she has taught at Harford Community College and served as the President of the Harford County Piano Teachers’ Association and President of the Baltimore Music Teachers’ Association. She currently serves as the State Festival Chairman for the Maryland Federation of Music Clubs. She has worked as a church organist and choir director for 22 years and performs in in Harford County with the Fallston High School and C. Milton Wright High School choruses. Shisa teaches piano lessons privately and adjudicates piano competitions. Many of her students have received top prizes at competitions in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Youth Choir Accompanist
A Harford County native, Cindy Miller is excited to be part of the Deer Creek Chorale Youth Choir. She earned a dual degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Lebanon Valley College and later received her Master’s in Music Education with Piano Concentration from Towson University. Cindy currently teaches music at Saint James Academy in Monkton and plays frequently at Saint Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air. Cindy enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband and is blessed to be able to share the Youth Choir experience with her daughter Clara.