Mrs. Sarah Catt, Choir Teacher
Sarah Catt has served as the choir teacher at Elk Grove High School since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2009 and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from UIUC.
Mrs. Catt has been invited to serve as guest conductor for various ILMEA Junior Choruses, ILMEA Senior Choruses, ILMEA Vocal Jazz Ensembles, the UIUC Illinois Summer Youth Music Junior Chorus, and other school music festivals. In 2015, Mrs. Catt received an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education in the "Those Who Excel" education awards program.
Mrs. Catt is an active member of the Illinois Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association, where she served as the Illinois High School Repertoire and Resources Chair. Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Catt enjoys spending time with her husband Brandon, the fine arts department chair and director of choirs at Glenbard East High School, and their spunky, adventurous, and inspiring daughter, Amelia.
Ms. Heather Messer, Choral Accompanist
Ms. Marissa McLean, Mint Condition Vocal Jazz Director
Marissa McLean is thrilled to join the Elk Grove High School Music Faculty directing the co-curricular women’s ensemble. Ms. McLean also acts as the Assistant Choral Director at Glenbard East High School directing two sections of Treble Choir, WAVE, and Voices of East, along with overseeing the student-directed men’s and women’s a cappella groups. Additionally, she directs the Choirs at Westlake Middle School.
Before coming to Elk Grove, Ms. McLean was the Director of Choirs at South View Middle School, in Danville, IL. She graduated in 2014 from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She was twice nominated for the Elmhurst College Founder’s Award and was honored to be selected as the Elmhurst College Senior of the Year in 2014. She studied voice with Ms. Amy Pickering, was a member of both the Late Night Blues and Blue vocal jazz ensembles, and performed with the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Varsity Band. During her time in these ensembles, she held many executive positions and served as Head of House for the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.
Ms. McLean has performed in many venues across the US and Canada including: Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City and Boston. In 2013, she had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she taught music in both primary and secondary schools through a study abroad program.
Ms. McLean is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Illinois Music Educators Association (IlMEA) as well as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and spent 3 summers during college, as an intern for the Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, NY. Outside of teaching and music, she enjoys spending time with her friends, volunteering, traveling and visiting her family at home in Upstate New York.
Ms. Kate Lee, Women's A cappella Director