Kristi Licare is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance as a student of David Jones and a Bachelor of Music Education. Before her undergraduate studies, Ms. Licare earned a certificate in clarinet performance from the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, where she studied with Laura Flax. Ms. Licare is in her ninth year as the Instrumental Music Director and second year as the Content Specialist for the Fine Arts and Technology departments at Westland Middle School. In prior years, she has conducted the MCPS East All County Band and the MCPS Sixth Grade All County Band. Ms. Licare has also served as a woodwind sectional coach for various MCPS and other youth organization ensembles, including PVYO. Ms. Licare has performed with various musical ensembles across the DMV, including the Maryland Band Directors’ Band and the Capital Wind Symphony. She maintains an active private clarinet studio where her students consistently earn spots in MCPS Honors and Maryland All-State ensembles. She is thrilled to join PVYO for her first season as Assistant Conductor for the Concert Band and Wind Ensembles.