Sturgis East MUSIC
We're excited you're here! Sturgis offers a wide variety of musical activities for all interests. From music appreciation courses to IB music, guitar club to karaoke and boom whacker clubs, from Jazz groups to String Orchestra, a cappella to Sturgis Singers -there is something for everyone - and if we don't have a group that you'd like to make music with, we are happy to start a new one!
The Sturgis East Music Department involves around 75 Sturgis students (not including students enrolled in general music appreciation courses) and plays an important role in many of the events Sturgis holds throughout the year. Events where you will see us perform include Convocation, the Clubs Fair, the Winter Concert, the IB Fair, the Spring Concert, Arts Fest, and Graduation!
If you're interested in finding out more information about our courses, ensembles, clubs, and activities (or if you're interested in joining us or creating a new activity!), please contact us here.
We can't wait to make music with you!
Who do I contact with questions about the music program?
Natalie Sheeler is the music teacher at Sturgis East (firstname.lastname@example.org). She teaches all of the music courses at the school - grades 9-12 music and chorus. She directs the Sturgis Singers, A cappella group, and 9/10 chorus (Sturgis Notables). She directs the jam band, East/West Concert Band and oversees all music clubs and activities.
Natalie has been teaching a wide array of arts topics including School of Rock, Marching Band, IBDP Visual Art, endless Music Appreciation topics, and every kind of music ensemble you can imagine for 15 years. Prior to working at Sturgis, Natalie taught IB Music in Shanghai, China for five years, and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for two. She has directed six musicals, is the TubaChristmas Boston coordinator, was the Dipont Education Arts Teacher of the year in 2014, and was a Quarterfinalist for the 2019 Music Educator Grammy Award.
Natalie completed her MA in Comparative Education & Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her undergraduate Music Education degree with a minor in Fine Arts from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.