Linda Gartner, Director
Sycamore Junior High has been home to Linda Gartner for the last thirty four years! She directs the 7th Grade Treble Tones, 8th Grade Treble Tones, Chorale and assists in the teaching of Concert Choir. In addition, Mrs. Gartner co-directs the Sycamore Junior High Boy Choir. Sycamore Junior High enjoys the singing voices of almost 400 students! Teaching responsibilities also include the bi-annual variety show, Showtime, and several Broadway musicals. A few of the musicals that have been part of the Sycamore Junior High stage have included Oklahoma, Meet Me in St. Louis, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Boyfriend, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and most recently, The Little Mermaid. In addition, Mrs. Gartner was the former Director of Choristers, a children’s choir of 50 3rd-6th graders at Sycamore Presbyterian Church where she held this position from 1980-1998.
Mrs. Gartner attended Cottey College and Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in 1980 with a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting. Mrs. Gartner served as an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble Events and co-hosted the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event for 14 years where her choirs continually received Superior ratings. Sycamore JH choirs have performed at the OMEA Queen City Convention, National Middle School Association Convention in Cincinnati, Heritage Music Festivals and at Music in the Parks festivals in Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Hershey, Sandusky, and Atlanta, receiving Superior Ratings. Professional recognition includes an Ohio Arts Council Grant to study the Alexander Technique using Baroque Repertoire with Mr. Karl Resnik and the Hixson Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Gartner has also been a four time nominee for the Disney Teaching Award. In 2012, Mrs. Gartner was nominated for the Hamilton County Educational Service Center Celebrate Excellence award. Mrs. Gartner has been a three time nominee for application for the Grammy Music Teacher of the Year award and most recently was the recipient of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Educator of the Year. Mrs. Gartner is a member of the American Choral Directors Association as well as the Music Educators National Conference. During the summer of 2003, Mrs. Gartner completed her first European tour of Prague, Salzburg and Vienna as director and founder of the Sycamore Community Summer Singers. The summer of 2013 marked the 6th European tour with 90 high school students and parents. Most notable was the first concert in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy! She resides in Symmes Township, a suburban area of Cincinnati, with her husband Neil, a financial advisor/tenor, and is the proud mother of two sons and Sycamore graduates, Mark, working in private equity in Newport Beach, CA and Matthew, working in finance and compliance in Chicago, IL and her new “daughter”, Shannon, wife of Mark.
The end of the 2015 school year marks 34 years of dedicated service by Mrs. Linda Gartner as a choral director. The Sycamore Community Summer Singers would like to congratulate Mrs. Gartner for her inspiring career – and for making a difference in our lives.