About SMS Music
Established in 2019
Snoqualmie Middle School, located in Snoqualmie, Washington, is one of three middle schools in Snoqualmie Valley School District. SMS reopened in Fall 2019 and currently serves approximately 550 students. To learn more about SMS, please visit the school website.
The goal of the Snoqualmie Middle School music program is to instill passion for the musical art in all students by teaching fundamental musicianship skills, offering relevant repertoire selections, and providing inspiring performance opportunities, all in preparation for music education at the high school level.
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Annie Stanger is in her second year as Choir Director at Snoqualmie Middle School. At SMS, she directs all choral ensembles and teaches Music Technology, a semester-long elective class for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Ms. Stanger graduated from Holy Names Academy in 2015 and from Gonzaga University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Music Education. At Gonzaga University, Ms. Stanger sang under the direction of Dr. Timothy Westerhaus and in the studio of Darnelle Preston. During her time at Gonzaga, she served as Concert Choir President, Soprano Section Leader, and she regularly performed as a soprano soloist with the Gonzaga University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
Most recently, Ms. Stanger completed her student teaching at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington under the mentorship of Barbara Tappa where she taught the Treble Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Saxon Knights Men's Choir. Ms. Stanger currently serves as Honor Choir Chair for the Northwest American Choral Directors Association.
A native of Kirkland, Washington, Ms. Stanger currently lives in Bellevue and is enjoying becoming part of the Snoqualmie Valley community! She is both thrilled and humbled to teach music in a community that is so supportive of and accomplished in music in the public schools.
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Dan Taylor is in his eighth year of teaching band and his seventh year in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. In the Fall of 2019, he helped reopen Snoqualmie Middle School as their new band director. At SMS, Mr. Taylor currently teachers three grade level concert bands, an auditioned Jazz Band, and a Music Technology class.
Mr. Taylor received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Central Washington University where he studied as a pianist with Dr. John Pickett. He was a member of both the nationally-recognized CWU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Larry Gookin, and the award-winning Jazz Band I, under the direction of Chris Bruya.
As a performer, Mr. Taylor has appeared with many of Seattle's greatest players and jazz ensembles, and is often found playing jazz throughout the Northwest. In growing demand as a clinician and guest artist, Mr. Taylor often works with music students from all over the state in multiple styles and genres.
Mr. Taylor currently lives in Snoqualmie with his wife and two awesome sons. He feels proud and honored to be able to serve the Snoqualmie Valley community through music education.
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