Meet the Meridian Community Band Conductor
Christine Dodge, Interim Conductor
Carolyn Moravitz Sherrill, Conductor Emeritus
Carolyn Moravitz Sherrill began her affiliation with the Meridian Community Band (MCB) as a clarinetist before becoming its conductor and music director in 1990. She is a native of Ely, Minnesota, and attended Michigan State University from which she earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. In July 2016 Carolyn stepped down as the MCB conductor after having served for twenty-six years in that position. She continues in her role as the Red Cedar Festival Project Director, a position she has held since 1996. Due to her emphasis on continuing education, the band significantly expanded its repertoire to include a wide variety of contemporary, popular, and classical band literature.
Active as a clarinetist, Carolyn performs with the Clarinet Connexions, Grenadilla Quartet, the MSU Alumni Touring Band, and Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. Among her awards are Kappa Kappa Psi’s Silver Baton Award and the YWCA’s 1999 Diana Award. Professionally, Carolyn taught elementary and middle school band at Lansing’s St. Gerard School for thirty-seven years before her retirement in 2018.
Among her achievements are helping to establish both the Grand Sousa Concert as the MCB’s traditional season opener and the annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands, which attracts adult bands from across the state of Michigan.