Ms. Openshaw
Stapley Choir Director and CB02 Teacher

About Me...

I am thrilled to be teaching at Stapley Jr High!  

I am a native of Southern California.  I grew up 10 minutes from Disneyland and miss going every week!  I have always had a love of singing and in 8th grade my friends convinced me to join choir.  I'm so happy I did!  In high school I sang in the Vocal Jazz ensemble as well as the Concert Choir.  

When looking for colleges I decided I wanted to still be involved in music and found Northern Arizona University.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet but after one semester of being a music major I knew I wanted to teach choir.  When I was at NAU I sang in the Women's Chorale, Shrine of the Ages Choir, Chamber Singers, and High Altitude (Vocal Jazz Ensemble).  I studied conducting with Dr. Edith Copley.

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis.  

I have previously taught 6-8 grade choir in the Higley Unified School District as well as Kino Jr High and Red Mountain High School in Mesa Public Schools.  This will be my ninth year of teaching and my seventh year at Stapley and I love being a Sabercat!

In 2013, I was named the New Music Educator of the Year for the state of Arizona.

http://www.mpsaz.org/news/articles/28080

I am very active in my professional communities, attending conferences and conventions.  Previously I have been a board member with the Arizona Choral Educators as the Arizona All-State Vocal Jazz Chair.  I just finished my fourth year as the AzACDA Jr High Repertoire and Standards Chair, running the state Jr High Choral Festival and assisting with the AzACDA Summer Conference.  I also am a director with the Phoenix Children's Chorus, conducting the East Valley Vivace Choir.  If your child would like to sing with the Phoenix Children's Chorus, please let me know and I can get you more information!

I am an active member of both ACDA and NAfME.

On a more personal note, I love baseball and sewing!  I plan my summer visits to California based on when the Angels are in town.  I have three nephews that are the cutest human beings on the planet (and that live too far away).  I enjoy cooking and netflix!

Join choir!  You won't regret it!

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Contact Ms. Openshaw

meopenshaw@mpsaz.org

(480) 472-2808

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