Ms. Openshaw
Stapley Choir Director and Intro to Performing Arts 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 and am in my seventh year with Mesa Public Schools where I have taught at Kino Jr High and Red Mountain High School.  This will be my sixth 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 Cadet Choir.

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 two 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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