Ms. Michelle Roberts is a lifelong Montgomery County resident and graduate of MCPS. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education (instrumental music) and a bachelor’s degree in music performance (bass trombone) from the University of Maryland, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She taught at Montgomery Blair High School for sixteen years and now teaches at Cabin John Middle School. She earned joint certification from Berkleemusic and Propellerhead Software as a Specialist in “Music Creation Using Reason” software.
In 2013 Ms. Roberts received the Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Teacher Award for Instrumental Music. She directed the Montgomery County Public Schools Junior Honors Jazz Band in 2015 and 2016, and she has conducted the Montgomery County Public Schools Junior Honors Orchestra since 2017. A member of NAfME and MMEA, she served on the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association’s Board of Directors, was Chair of the MMEA Young Composers Project committee, has presented and participated on panels at MMEA conferences, and presented at the MCPS New Educator Orientation. Her MBHS Chamber Orchestra performed at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in April 2019 after being selected from more than 170 entries. February 2019 marked the fourth appearance of Ms. Roberts’ MBHS Chamber Orchestra in the past seven years at Maryland Music Educators Association conferences. In previous performances, the Chamber Orchestra served as a demonstration group for a major music publisher and an American composer and performed works written by two Montgomery Blair students recognized by the MMEA Young Composers Project. With Ms. Roberts as its Tri-M Music Honor Society advisor, MBHS received the third place award for Chapter of the Year in 2013-2014. She has served as a mentor teacher for college interns, and she is also a frequent adjudicator.