Mad River Schools Music Educators and Staff

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Director of Bands

Kenneth Carpenter

kenny.carpenter@madriverschools.org

Kenneth R. Carpenter, Stebbins High School Director of Bands 

Mr. Carpenter is the Director of Bands at Stebbins High School and is the Mad River Local Schools Music Department Chair. He is a graduate of Miami University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Mr. Carpenter completed his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Dayton where he studied with Dr. Linda Hartley and Dr. Willie Morris. 

Mr. Carpenter started his career in 1998 at Bryan High School where he was the assistant director of the 165 member Bryan High School Marching Band. In 2001, Mr. Carpenter became the Director of Bands at Carlisle High School. During his time at Carlisle, the band program received numerous Superior Ratings in marching band and concert band. In 2003, Mr. Carpenter received the Warren County Project Excellence Award for outstanding teaching. In 2006, the Carlisle Marching Band was a Semi-Finalist at the BOA Grand National Championships and placed 3rd in the nation in Class A. 

In 2008, Mr. Carpenter become the Stebbins High School Director of Bands. Now in his 10th year at Stebbins and 20th year of teaching, Mr. Carpenter has directed the Stebbins High School orchestra, concert band, symphonic band, and marching band to numerous superior ratings at the district, state, and national level. Mr. Carpenter also directs the Stebbins High School Pep Band which performs throughout the year and was featured on national television during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. In addition to the pep band, Mr. Carpenter is the director of the pit orchestra for the spring musical. Under Mr. Carpenter's direction, the pit orchestra has received multiple DayTony Awards of Merit and Excellence. Mr. Carpenter is a native of Beavercreek, Ohio where he resides with his wife and two sons.

 

Director of Choirs

Christina Smith

:christina.smith@madriverschools.org

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Director of Orchestras

Amy Hall 

amy.hall@madriverschools.org

Amy Hall, Stebbins High School Director of Orchestras

Mrs. Amy M. Hall, the Director of Orchestras at Mad River Local Schools, is thrilled to be part of the music department teaching team at Stebbins! She brings her expertise teaching strings and will celebrate the growth and musical development of each child. 

Mrs. Hall, a native of Dayton, earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Violin Performance degrees from Wright State University (2004, BS), and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from the University of Dayton (2010, MME). Her more than twelve years of experience in the classroom have included general music, orchestra, and choir courses in public and parochial schools. An active member of OMEA, Amy has had many students participate in regional Solo and Ensemble Contest yearly. Many of her students are also members of Dayton Junior Strings and Dayton Youth Strings Orchestras. The Stebbins High School Orchestra continues to grow and is currently at its largest in over twenty years with nearly 50 members! Each year, the Stebbins Orchestra competes in the OMEA Sate Orchestra Contest. In 2017 they received an "Excellent" rating from the judges. 

Amy has been honored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for contributions in the classroom and the City of Trotwood for her outstanding choral direction. Amy also teaches with the Dayton Philharmonic's "Q the Music," an after-school El-Sistema inspired orchestra program. She resides in Kettering with her husband and young son.