Michael Smith received a Bachelor Degree of Music Education and a Master Degree of Performance from Bowling Green State University and an Educational Specialists Degree of Administration from The University of Toledo. Michael’s career began at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Ohio in 1992 until 1997 when started teaching in Perrysburg School District. Since then the PHS Orchestra program has grown from an 11 member ensemble, to over 300 students participating in six high school orchestras. Michael currently conducts the PHS Concert Orchestra, Symphony Strings, Select Strings and the Symphony Orchestra. PHS Orchestras have performed at OMEA Convention in 2007 and 2009 and have traveled to Hungary, England, Nashville, New York and Chicago. In 2000-2001 he was the recipient of the “Teacher of The Year Award” for the Perrysburg School District. He was also awarded The 2014 November BCSN Teacher of the Month, and was semi-finalist for The BCSN Teacher of the Year. Michael currently chairs the OMEA District One High School Honors Orchestra and The N.W. Regional Orchestra. This past summer was Michael's 8th year teaching at the Ohio Northern University String camp and 22nd year performing with The Academy Brass Quintet.
Kathleen Schnerer is in her second year of teaching orchestra at Perrysburg Schools where she directs Chamber Strings, Classic Strings, Symphony Orchestra and the beginning 5th grade elementary string class. She graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University where she attained a Bachelors degree in Music Education, specializing in Instrumental String and General Classroom Music Education and received the Dr. Paul Makara Violin Scholarship. She has been a counselor at Interlochen Arts Camp and BGSU Summer Music Institute, has participated in Unit I and II Suzuki Teacher training and performs with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra as well as chamber ensembles in the area. A violin player since age three, Schnerer currently teaches private lessons at the Toledo Symphony School of Music.
Betsy Cranston is in her ninth year as a teacher at Perrysburg Junior High, where she began her career. Betsy is an orchestra director for students in grades 6-8. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also serves as the Perrysburg Junior High Music Department Head and chair of the OMEA District 1 Junior High Honors Orchestra. She earned her undergraduate degree in music education from The Ohio State University and received her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Toledo. A cellist, Betsy is a founding member of The Asteria String Quartet and performs regularly around Toledo and the surrounding area. She resides in Toledo with her husband Ben and daughters Layla and Lydia.
Patrick Barrett is in his fourth year of teaching orchestra at Perrysburg Junior High School, where he began his career. The Perrysburg Junior High String Ensemble performed at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in 2015, under the direction of Patrick Barrett and Betsy Cranston. Patrick is also a conductor of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Patrick co-chairs the OMEA District 1 Junior High Honors Orchestra and the Northwest Regional Orchestra. He has served as a music director for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and Perrysburg Musical Theatre. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in music education and flute performance. He studied string education with Dr. Robert Gillespie, wind band education with Dr. Daryl Kinney, and flute performance with Professor Katherine Borst Jones. Mr. Barrett completed his student teaching in the Hilliard City School District with Mr. Mark Sholl, Mrs. Virginia Faulkner, and Ms. Caitlin Bartholic.