Artistic Leadership

Marty Banghart

Conductor/Artistic Direcor

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 EducationAmerican Choral Directors Associationand 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.

Greg Arment

Assistant Director

Greg Arment has been active as an educator, church musician, and accompanist in various parts
of Maryland since 2005. A Jarrettsville native and graduate of North Harford High School, his
first professional musical activity was as the organist at St. Paul and Norrisville United
Methodist Churches while he was in high school. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from
Susquehanna University and his Master of Music degree from Anderson University, both in
Music Education.

Greg taught elementary and middle school music in Wicomico and Baltimore counties for nine
years before moving into a Teacher Coach position. While in Wicomico County, he played in pit
orchestras and served as the rehearsal accompanist for the Community Players of Salisbury. He
is also the Director of Music and Organist at Orems United Methodist Church in Middle River.
He lives in Parkville with his wife, Melissa, and daughters, Lena and Eliza.

 

Julie Culotta

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.

Emalyn Bullis

Youth Choir Assistant Director

Emalyn Bullis is a DCC member joining the DCYC team as an assistant director.  She earned her bachelors of music education from Cedarville university in Ohio and a masters in Urban education from Union University while completing a four year program with the Memphis Teacher Residency in Tennessee.  She then spent two years in South East Asia teaching English before returning to Maryland to teach general music at Bel Air Elementary.

Shisa Suskey

Accompanist

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.

Cindy Miller

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.