Sarah “Mickie” McCorkle

Sarah “Mickie” McCorkle (she/her)  is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire in 2021. She has been playing clarinet with Valley Winds since the fall of 2021, and has enjoyed every minute spent with the band. She has recently started a new position working at Dartmouth College working for the Hopkins Center and […]

Zoe Stinson

Zoe Stinson is a music educator and instrumentalist originally from the Capitol Region of New York, and currently teaches 5-8 Band, Chorus, and General Music at East Windsor Middle School. Zoe grew up studying saxophone, cello, and voice, but always gravitated towards saxophone. In 2016, Zoe was selected to perform at NYSSMA Conference All-State, and […]

Rachel Hertz

Rachel Hertz (they/them) is a freelance clarinetist, private instructor, and arts administrator based in western Massachusetts. They are currently pursuing a degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from UMass Amherst. They have been awarded the Theodore Presser Award and Susan Campbell Scholarship. Rachel has been a participant at the ARIA Academy, Minnesota Clarinet Festival, […]

Heather Teed

Heather Teed is a native of Wilbraham and loves living in western Mass. Heather holds master’s degrees in both psychology and clarinet performance. She is currently works as a School Adjustment Counselor at Northampton High School and previously worked as a counselor for the Holyoke Public Schools. Heather has studied clarinet at Indiana University in […]

Rongbing Shen

Rongbing Shen, a native of Shenzhen, China. She is the Elementary Music Teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, the Historian for the New England Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), and the International Clarinet Association (ICA) Fall intern. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from […]

Kara Peterman

Dr. Kara Peterman is a structural engineering professor at UMass Amherst, and has been a clarinetist with the Valley Winds since 2016. Kara is also the principal clarinetist of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and serves as the President of the PVS’s Board of Directors. Kara lives in Amherst with her husband Scott and their […]

Janice Murphy

As a young musician fresh out of graduate school in Chicago, I was auditioning all over the country for the coveted orchestral job, which I thought was the only job for me.  When a spot opened up in Washington, DC with the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, I was intrigued.  What would it […]

Deb Coon

Deb Coon recently retired from Northampton High School where she spent 16 years as a band director learning from her students all about teaching and music. She also worked for a year and a half as a para-professional; something she recommends to anyone considering a career in education. Deb lives on in Easthampton, MA with […]