Lynn L. Staininger, Music Director
A Native Arizonan, Lynn Staininger earned her degrees in music education and choral conductingfrom Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Her studies there were conducted under Dr. Douglas Mc Ewen, Dr. David Stocker, Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Donald Bailey. Since graduating, she has also had the honor of studying with Donald Neuen, Simon Carrington and Gary Thor Wedow, in both choral and orchestral conducting. Most recently, Ms. Staininger began her studies in vocal jazz arranging under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Fox and Jason Alex Smith. Staininger was chosen as one of twelve international conductors to participate in the Sarteano Choral Workshop, in Sarteano, Italy and is in the 2013 Strathmore's "Who’s Who" for leadership in her field.
As a performer, Ms. Staininger began her career as a theater organist, giving concerts in the United States and Great Britain. She is still 'itching'’ to get her fingers on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Staininger is a past member of Phoenix Vocal Jazz, a professional vocal ensemble in the style of Manhattan Transfer, who gave performances throughout the Western states. Lynn is an active keyboard performer, coaching and music directing for music theater productions at both schools, including Avenue Q, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the Maryland debut of I Love You Because, and more. She has composed original music for the Off-Off Broadway production of Tulip Heaven, and is an active composer and arranger for various groups. Ms. Staininger is also the Director of Music at Living Grace Lutheran Church of Urbana, Maryland where she leads the weekly traditional and contemporary services from the keyboard and the microphone.
Before coming to Maryland, Lynn taught music in the Arizona Public Schools for 11 years, serving frequently as a clinician and for 2 years as a Vice-President of the Choral Director's Association of Arizona. Since moving to Maryland, Lynn has continued to serve as a guest clinician and adjudicator and for vocal festivals and instrumental camps in the region. When time permits, Lynn enjoys singing with the Maryland Concert Opera, as well as being a member of their board.