Mary J. Hochkeppel has been teaching music and directing choirs/dance teams and Orff Percussion Ensembles on the elementary and secondary level for thirty-five years. She is currently in her eleventh year with Montgomery County Public Schools as Choral/Dance/Orff Ensemble director and General Music Teacher at Sligo Creek Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2013, she collaborated with Mr. Jim Papoulis in composing and publishing the choral piece titled, “I’ll Shine You Home.” In 2012-13, she was invited to direct the Montgomery County Elementary Honors Chorus. Mrs. Hochkeppel has earned a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has pursued graduate work at Villanova University and has completed her Orff Certification at George Mason University. She is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.