Choir Atlanta 2012

Choral Faculty

Brandon Catt

Brandon Catt is Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Glenbard East.  As Fine Arts Chair he oversees the Music, Visual Arts, and Speech Arts areas. Mr. Catt's teaching responsibilities include East’s numerous curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles and serving as Vocal Director for the musical.  Since his arrival at East, Mr. Catt has reinstated the Ramparts, an elite group of singers which performs the National Anthem at various events throughout the community including East athletic contests.  He is also the founder of the Voices of East choir, which is an initiative to involve students, teachers and community members outside of the music program in a positive and successful singing environment.  In its inaugural season, the Voices of East had over 100 participants.

Before coming to East, Mr. Catt earned two Bachelor of Music Education degrees with highest honors (choral and general music) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  While at Illinois, he was awarded the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and served as the State President for the Illinois Collegiate Music Educators Association (ICMEA).  In addition to singing, Mr. Catt is also a percussionist and spent four years in the Marching Illini Drumline, where he later held an instructional appointment as the cymbal section technician.  In 2007, Mr. Catt founded iDrum World Hand Drumming Workshops and lead summer music camps for youth and adults as a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL.

Mr. Catt earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2013 & 2014, he was named a quarterfinalist in the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award.  Mr. Catt is an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), serving as the District IX Choir Co-Representative, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the Illinois Membership Co-Chair.  His students have been selected for ILMEA District, All-State and Honors All-State Choirs as well as the ACDA State, Regional & National Honor Choirs.  His teachers and mentors include Joe Grant, Ross Heise, Becky Miller, Fred Stoltzfus, Dawn Harris, Sam Reese, Johnny Lee Lane and Bob Boyd.  He currently lives in Carol Stream with his wife Sarah, who is the Director of Choirs at Elk Grove High School.

Marissa McLean

Marissa McLean is thrilled to be part of the Glenbard East Music Faculty as the Assisstant Director of Choirs. At Glenbard East, she directs two sections of Treble Choir, WAVE, and Voices of East, along with overseeing the student-directed men’s and women’s a cappella groups.  She also directs the Westlake Middle School Choirs and the co-curricular women’s ensemble at Elk Grove High School.

Before coming to Glenbard East, Ms. McLean was the Director of Choirs at South View Middle School, in Danville, IL.  She graduated in 2014 from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She was twice nominated for the Elmhurst College Founder’s Award and was honored to be selected as the Elmhurst College Senior of the Year in 2014.  She studied voice with Ms. Amy Pickering, was a member of both the Late Night Blues and Blue vocal jazz ensemble, and performed with the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Varsity Band.  During her time in these ensembles, she held many executive positions and served as Head of House for the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

Ms. McLean has performed in many venues across the US and Canada including: Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City and Boston.  In 2013, she had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she taught music in both primary and secondary schools through a study abroad program. 

Ms. McLean is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Illinois Music Educators Association (IlMEA) as well as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and spent 3 summers during college, as an intern for the Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, NY.  Outside of teaching and music, she enjoys spending time with her friends, volunteering, traveling and visiting her family at home in Upstate New York.


Charles Snider

A native of Macon, Georgia, Charles Snider attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, then took his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in organ performance from the University of Montevallo in Alabama as a student of Dr. Betty Louise Lumby.  In addition, he has taken courses at the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England, and done post-graduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois under Richard Enright and Wolfgang Rubsam.

He joined the music faculty of Glenbard East in the fall of 1987 and served the majority of his tenure with former choral director Ross Heise. During his time at East he has accompanied the choral program and other choirs on several domestic and European tours, including singing opportunities at Washington National Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Reims Cathedral in France, as well as Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul's, London, Ely Cathedral, St. Alban's Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey in England.

Mr. Snider has also had the opportunity to sing and record with both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw, and seven years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus with Margaret Hillis. During this time he participated with the orchestra and chorus under the direction of Sir George Solti in performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival in Austria, and the Proms Concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

He also appears as a featured organist on two CD recordings from St. Luke's Church in Evanston, "Blow Ye the Trumpet in Zion" and "A Fair and Delectable Place." Since 1986 he has been the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, has served for several years as chairman for the Bishop's Advisory Commission on Church Music for the Diocese of Chicago, and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.  He is also a published composer with two current anthems, "Was Ever Grief Like Mine?" by Hope Publishing Company of Carol Stream, and "Adam Lay Ybounden", published by G.I.A. Publications, Inc.