Dr. Beth Stutzmann, is the Director of Bands at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta,Georgia where she received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music (BMEd); earned a master's degree from Oklahoma City University in Horn performance and in 2010 was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA.
Holding dual music educator certifications (PreK-12) in two states, Dr. Stutzmann is a member of the Research Learning Community (RLC) at her University and is actively involved in presenting and publishing multidisciplinary research studies.
While attending The Boston Conservatory of Music, Beth Stutzmann studied horn with Jonathan Menkis, assistant principal hornist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In high school, she studied horn with Robert Ferrante, Brian Morrill, and James Mosher, also a hornist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. In graduate school, Beth studied horn under Martha McQuaid, a former student of Daniel Katzen, second hornist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her conducting studies were with Attilio Poto; Dr. Matthew Mailman; Dr. Scott Nelson. “Taking weekly lessons at Symphony Hall in Boston, where the greatest of musicians throughout time have stood, was awe-inspiring and magical.”
In 2012, Dr. Stutzmann received the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Award and she received a grant from Adult Learning Consortium, University System of Georgia, "Georgia Opportunity for Adult Learners"(GOAL). In 2013, she received a SoTL mini-grant from the SPSU Center of Teaching Excellence for Flipped Classroom Pedagogy Research & Retention.
Dr. Stutzmann, since earning her doctoral degree, continually pursues professional development opportunities having taken six, eight week online professional development courses and one graduate level course. She also attends and presents at local and national conferences.