The Atholton High School Music Department has a long history of musical excellence and artistry since the school opened in 1966. The department serves over 300 students through both performance-based and non-performance-based classes. Included in the curriculum are three concert bands, two percussion ensembles, two choirs, and two orchestras, as well as classes in piano, guitar, theory, and music technology. In addition to the curricular classes, various extra-curricular ensembles and clubs are offered.
The department seeks to enrich students' lives through music by embracing tradition, creating new traditions, and "thinking outside the box" to push the students to their highest levels of achievement.
Director of Bands
Music Dept. Chair
Related Arts ITL
Eric Posner is in his eighth year as Director of Bands at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. In addition, Eric serves the school faculty as the Related Arts Instructional Team Leader and the Music Department Chair. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble has consistently received Superior Ratings at adjudications and twice been invited to the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. In 2014 the Atholton Band program was awarded the National Band Association Eastern Division Program of Excellence Blue Ribbon and was one of eight finalists for the national award.
Eric has presented clinics twice at the Maryland Music Educator’s Association conference with the Atholton Wind Ensemble and has served the Maryland Music Educators Association as the Senior All-State Band Manager. In addition to public school teaching, each summer Eric teaches at the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy where he has been on staff for 13 years. As a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1999-2001 he marched euphonium, served two years as Drum Major, and in 2002 was the Assistant Tour Director.
In 2008 Eric served as the Assistant Producer for the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble’s CD, “Wild Nights!” released on the NAXOS label. In 2010 he served in the same capacity for their CD presenting the works of Morton Gould, “Derivations,” and in 2012 worked on their newest CD “Landscapes” featuring works by Copland, Torke, and Ticheli.
Eric received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Kansas. He studied conducting with Dr. Scott Weiss and Dr. John Lynch and saxophone with Lynn Klock and Timothy Roberts. He is a member of NAfME and the National Band Association (NBA) and regularly attends various workshops throughout the country.
Director of Choirs
Music Theory, Piano
Ms. Katie Meloro is currently the director of choirs at Atholton High School in Howard County, Maryland where she teaches Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, piano, and music theory. Prior to teaching at Atholton High School, Mss. Meloro taught choir, piano, and popular music at Elkton High School in Cecil County, Maryland, and middle school choir and general music in Harford County, Maryland.
Mss. Meloro earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in vocal music, as well as a German Certificate Minor, from the University of Delaware where she studied with Paul Head, Suzanne Burton, and Duane Cottrell. During her time at UD, she served as President of the University of Delaware Chorale. As a member of the Chorale, she traveled to sing in China, Spain, and France. She also studied abroad in Bayreuth, Germany, the city of Wagner, and traveled to rural Jamaica to teach music to impoverished children.
Ms. Meloro completed her graduate work with a focus in choral music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she studied with Frank Abrahams, Joe Miller, and James Jordan.
A member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association, Ms. Meloro serves as President-Elect of the Maryland Choral Educators Association.
Ms. Meloro has trained classically as a mezzo-soprano and performs in the Baltimore, D.C., Wilmington, and Philadelphia areas. She has staff singer experience with the Immanuel Episcopal Church and the Immanuel Bach Consort in New Castle, Delaware and with University of Delaware's symphonic choir, Schola Cantorum. She currently sings with the Six Degree Singers based out of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Director of Orchestras
James Woomert is the Director of Orchestras and Music Technology at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. Prior to arriving at Atholton, James served as Associate Director of Orchestras at the nationally recognized Carmel High School Orchestra Program in Carmel, Indiana. Originally from Toronto, Canada, James moved to Indiana to study at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Master of Science in Music Education. While attending IU, James studied string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig and was a member of the founding staff of the Fairview Violin Project, a pilot musical outreach program providing violin instruction to at-risk elementary school students. As well as conducting and coaching various southern Indiana youth wind and string ensembles, James also taught music introduction and methods courses at Indiana University as an Associate Instructor.
In addition to his classroom and private studio teaching, James has been a freelance violist in the Indianapolis area, performed as a member of the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012, toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and was selected to participate in three summer seasons with the National Academy Orchestra. James has also held leadership positions in the orchestras of Indiana University, performed with almost every regional orchestra in Indiana, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with such renowned musicians as Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaime Laredo, and Joshua Bell. Orchestras under James' direction have recently had the honor of been selected as featured performing ensembles at the Maryland Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. James has served on the faculties of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic’s National Take a Stand Festival. In 2018, James received the Outstanding Music Educator award from the Maryland Music Educators Association. James is currently Co-Director of the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra and is a contributing editor for Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, Volume 4, which will be published by GIA Publications in 2019.
James’ principal teachers and musical mentors include Kent Teeple of the Toronto Symphony, Yuval Gotlibovich, formerly of Indiana University, and Soo Han of the Carmel High School Performing Arts Department.