Stanley R. Schoonover was appointed Music Specialist for the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools in August of 1998. In this role, he administers a music program that reaches 160,000 students, taught by more than 550 music educators. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Chairman at James W. Robinson, West Springfield and Mount Vernon High Schools for fifteen years, and Bangor (PA) High School for four years.
Ensembles under his direction enjoyed 19 years of consecutive Superior ratings and national and international recognition for their outstanding performances, including the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, three National Music Clinics, the Band of America National Concert Band Festival, the Mid-East Clinic, and the VMEA In-Service Conference. On three occasions, his bands have played for the President of the United States. Mr. Schoonover is the Founding Conductor of the Fairfax Wind Symphony, an ensemble of music teachers and educators from the metropolitan DC area. Th e Fairfax Wind Symphony performs three concerts annually, and has been featured for the past fi ve years as a clinic performing ensemble at the Virginia Music Educators Association [VMEA] In-Service Conference.
Schoonover received his B.Sc. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from Gettysburg College, and a Master of Music degree from West Chester University. Postgraduate work has included study at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, the University of Michigan, and Monticello University. He has studied conducting with Robert Zellner, Kenneth Laudermilch, Arnald D. Gabriel, William D. Revelli, H. Robert Reynolds and Anthony Maiello.
Mr. Schoonover has served as President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association as well. He is the recipient of four Citation of Excellence awards from the National Band Association, the Medalist Stanbury Award, and the Mount Vernon Teacher of the Year Award. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, MENC, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, and has been a director for American Music Abroad. In October of 2004, Mr. Schoonover was inducted into the East Stroudsburg High School Music Hall of Fame. He is listed in both "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in American Education". Playing credits include the National Concert Band of America, the City of Fairfax Band, and the Capitol Wind Symphony. Publishing credits include VMEA Notes, the Red Apple, and Yamaha New Ways. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor across the United States and abroad.