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Music Faculty/Staff

Mr. Mike Christy

Music Coordinator, Schalmont High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Schalmont Middle School Grade 6 Band Director

Mike Christy is very excited to return to the Schalmont Music Department this year. The first two years have flown by and Mr. Christy has thoroughly enjoyed working with the students in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and 6th Grade Band. In addition, the Wind Ensemble has had the rewarding experience of attending NYSSMA Majors each year where they consistently were met with great success. He is enthusiastic about making music with the students of Schalmont and continuing the success of the music program.

Professionally, Mr. Christy is a member of NAfME, NYSSMA, NYSBDA, and PAS. He has been a Percussion Assistant for the NYSSMA Conference All-State Bands for the past four years, is an active Percussion Adjudicator for NYSSMA Solo Festivals, and teaches private percussion lessons. Mr. Christy earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance Certificate from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, as well as a master's degree from Stony Brook University. He has also performed with the Glen

Mrs. Elizabeth Borkowski

Jefferson Elementary and Schalmont Middle School

Elizabeth Borkowski comes to Schalmont with 18 years of teaching experience and had been teaching vocal music for the past 17 years in the Cobleskill-Richmondville School District. Previously, she taught 4th and 5th grade instrumental music in the Mohonasen School District. She has directed High School Choruses, Select Choirs, and Middle School Choruses, as well as directed 10 High School Musicals, founded the C-R Men’s Choir in 2005, and was the music director for both the SUNY Cobleskill MARC Camp and Theatre Camp. Elizabeth also maintained the post of director of Theatre Camp until 2008. She has taught private instrumental and vocal lessons for many years as well as mentored student teachers, new teachers, chaired her former music department for several years as well as assisted in the coordination of All-County Music Festivals and NYSSMA Solo Festivals.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music degree with a combined instrumental/vocal emphasis from Houghton College and a Master of Science Degree in Education from The College of Saint Rose. She has been a past member of the Cobleskill Chamber Singers and the Schoharie Valley Concert Band as well as played flute for several years in the orchestra for the Schoharie County Arts Council production of The Messiah. She has recently gotten back into performing by singing with the newly formed vocal ensemble New Day based in Schoharie County.

Elizabeth and her husband Thomas reside in Howes Cave with their two young children Madelyn and Jacob and their dog Muffin.

Mr. Justin Godlewski

Jefferson Elementary School and Schalmont Middle School, Marching Band Director

Justin Godlewski graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Rose with a bachelor's degree in music education and earned a master's degree in music education from Boston University. He currently teaches band at all levels in the middle school in addition to directing the Middle School's Swinging Sabres Jazz Band and the award winning Schalmont Marching Band. Mr. Godlewski enjoys the excitement students bring to music class at this level and the satisfaction they receive from learning to play an instrument.

In addition to teaching at Schalmont, Mr. Godlewski continues to co-direct the Rotterdam Town Band which rehearses and performs every summer. Prior to Schalmont, he held the position of woodwind director with the Mohonasen Marching Band and taught private saxophone lessons at Drome Sound Music Studios. Mr. Godlewski is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the National Band Association. He currently plays saxophone in the capital district's top party band, Funk Evolution.

Mrs. Julie Ploss

Jefferson Elementary School

Julie Ploss is thrilled to return to Schalmont this year to teach music. Prior to teaching in Schalmont, she taught general and vocal music in the Niskayuna Central School District, the Guilderland Central School District, the Susan Odell Taylor School, the Bethlehem Children's School, the Voorheesville Central School District, and the Canton Central School District.

She has more than 15 years of experience teaching private voice, piano and instrumental lessons. Julie received her Bachelor of Music degree in music education with a vocal concentration from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. She received her Master's of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Julie loves musical theater and performing. She is the current musical director for Staging Youth's Future, Inc., or SYFI, a non-profit children's theater group based in East Greenbush, New York. She has performed in or been the musical director for more than 40 musical productions. She has also recently finished three years as co-front woman for the Groove Syndicate, a local horn-fueled cover band, where she not only sang but played keyboards and saxophone.

Her professional memberships are with the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.

She is a versatile vocalist, with the ability to sing in French, German, Italian, and Latin, and in many different vocal styles, including classical, musical theater, and pop. When she is not teaching music, Julie enjoys crocheting, playing tennis, skiing and hanging out with her family.

She resides in East Greenbush with drummer husband, Chad, and their two sons, Ethan and Logan.

Mr. Robert Renzi

Schalmont High School

Bob Renzi has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Siena College, and a master’s degree in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose. He is in his 19th year as choral director at Schalmont High School. He sings tenor professionally in One Man Short, a male vocal a cappella group that performs throughout the region, and he enjoys playing 70's rock with old friends.