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About our conductors

David C. Monk, Principal Conductor

David C. Monk is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Mr. Monk entered the field of music education in 1997 as the Director of Bands at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Glen Dale, Maryland.
Mr. Monk began teaching for Charles County Public Schools in 2002 and has taught elementary instrumental music, middle school band and orchestra, and high school band and orchestra.

Mr. Monk holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance with a cognate in Conducting from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Monk has also completed 70 post-graduate credits in Music Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Mr. Monk has studied conducting with Dr. James Saker, Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (retired); Dr. Timothy Robblee, Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory; and Dr. Damon Talley, Director of Bands at Louisiana State University.

Mr. Monk’s performance credits include serving as Principal Trumpet for the First US Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland, soloist with the Bessunger
Kammerorchester in Darmstadt, Germany, and as a trumpet player and conductor for the German production of Miss Saigon in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Monk has performed in the ensembles of the Omaha Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the
Monterey Bay Symphony, and the Monday Night Jazz Orchestra at the Mission Ranch in Carmel, California.

Mr. Monk continues to be an active performer in the Southern Maryland region; conducting and playing in productions for the Port Tobacco Players and performing in Christian praise bands in Southern Maryland, Mr. Monk lives in Charlotte Hall with his wife, Cheri and has two daughters, Samantha and Sydney.

Christopher O. J. Alberts M. Ed., Assistant Conductor

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Christopher Alberts graduated from the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and then moved to Washington D.C., to attend Howard University, where he completed his studies in music and secondary education and Relay GSE where he earned a MAT. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, inc. Mr. Alberts began teaching in DCPS. in 2004 and The School Without Walls in 2008. He currently teaches Orchestra, Jazz Band, Stage Band, Guitar Ensemble, Music Theory/General Music and AP Music Theory.

Since Mr. Alberts’ arrival at the School Without Walls it has become a staple of the Washington DC area and in high demand even for a student group. They have performed at venues and events throughout the city ranging from DC Metro Police sponsored Beat the Streets programs to events for the Washington Teachers Union, George Washington University, as well as the office of the Mayor. Mr Alberts student groups have also been invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center where they have been featured on the Millenium Stage numerous times.  Mr Alberts has a passion for giving his students opportunities to showcase their talent and hard work. Many of his students have traveled to compete in festivals around the country where they have received numerous awards.  His students have traveled the world performing, including tours of China, and Brazil  where they had an opportunity to learn and engage in cultural exchange with their peers.  Mr Alberts has recently been invited to participate in WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Gold, an elite Performance series that offers the most outstanding band, orchestra and choral groups from around the country.