Ms. Openshaw
Stapley Choir Director and Video Journalism 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.  

This is my tenth year of teaching and my eighth 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 have also served on the AzACDA Board as the Jr High Repertoire and Resources Chair, running the state Jr High Choral Festival.  Currently I serve on the AzACDA Board as the Cantaremos Honor Choir Chair and on the Western Region Board as the Jr High/Middle School Repertoire and Resources Chair for 5 states.  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 cooking, baseball, the occasional Netflix binge, and have started learning to watercolor!  I plan my summer visits to California based on when the Angels are in town.  I have four nephews that are the cutest human beings on the planet (and that live too far away).

Join choir!  You won't regret it!

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Contact Ms. Openshaw

meopenshaw@mpsaz.org

(480) 472-2808

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