• Picture of Paul Dembowski PAUL DEMBOWSKI

    PVA Department Chair, Broadneck High School

    Mr. Dembowski is an arts administrator, educator, conductor and performer. He is currently the Department Chair of the Performing and Visual Arts program for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools where he serves as the school-based lead for all aspects of the music magnet program.

    He is also the Conductor of the Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band in Arnold, MD where he serves as the music director for an 80 member ensemble comprised of students, educators, professional and accomplished amateur musicians from throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore metro areas.

    Mr. Dembowski was on the Music Faculty of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland from 2000-2012 where he directed concert bands, the marching band, jazz ensemble, pit orchestra and guitar ensemble as well as taught courses in music literature and recording technology. He was also previously a secondary school band director in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where his ensembles consistently received superior ratings in local and regional festivals as well as numerous awards for marching and jazz performance.

    Mr. Dembowski is currently the President-Elect of the Maryland Music Educators Association.  He is also a past-president of the Maryland Band Directors Association where he continues to serve as the state adjudication coordinator; and previously served on the board of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

    Mr. Dembowski earned his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from James Madison University and his Bachelor of Music Education from Longwood College. He has also completed additional graduate work in Educational Leadership at Towson University, Recording and Studio Production at Berklee College of Music, and Music Education at Boston University.

    Mr. Dembowski has performed with a number of orchestras and wind ensembles including the Roanoke Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic, McLean Symphony, Capital Wind Symphony and National Concert Band of America. He is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator for numerous marching and concert band events throughout Maryland and Virginia.

    He resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife, Lynda, a member of the United States Naval Academy Band.

    Contact: pdembowski@aacps.org


    Picture of Molly Fullerton MOLLY FULLERTON

    PVA Instrumental Music: Strings, AP Music Theory

    Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Salisbury University in 1997. She has performed as a violinist with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Salisbury String Quartet and soprano with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus under the direction of Edward Polochick.

    After graduating from Salisbury University, Mrs. Fullerton taught vocal music from 1997 – 2000 and elementary and middle school string orchestra from 2000 – 2016 in Howard County, MD. She has served as an adjudicator for county orchestra festivals and was a quarterfinalist for the 2016 and 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award.

    Mrs. Fullerton currently teaches orchestra, PVA strings and AP music theory at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD. She resides in Annapolis with her husband, Bob and twin daughters.

    Contact: mfullerton@aacps.org


    Picture of Matt Heist MATTHEW HEIST

    PVA Instrumental Music: Band

    Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Temple University in 2001 with a concentration in trumpet performance. He completed his Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in wind conducting at the University of Maryland where he studied conducting with Dr. Michael Votta.

    While at Temple he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and was a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

    After graduating from Temple he was hired as the Director of Bands at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, Maryland.

    Mr Heist is currently the Director of Bands at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. His responsibilities at Broadneck include directing the concert bands, marching band, jazz band and percussion ensemble. Under his direction Mr Heist’s concert ensembles, jazz bands and marching ensembles have received numerous superior ratings and gained a reputation for musical excellence.

    Contact: mheist@aacps.org


    Ms. Mueller headshot LAURA MUELLER

    PVA Vocal, Piano Accompanist, Senior Capstone, Freshman Foundations

    Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. Since moving to Annapolis in 2011, she has been playing music and performing with regional theatre companies. She currently works as a teacher and piano accompanist for the AACPS Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program, where she has music directed AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, URINETOWN and INTO THE WOODS. Outside of her school schedule, Laura performs frequently with local musicians as a piano accompanist, music directs various children's theatre pieces, and performs in the pit orchestra for regional theater companies. Laura was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2015 for her music direction of DANI GIRL. Other musical theatre credits include RAGTIME, AVENUE Q, [TITLE OF SHOW], LEGALLY BLONDE, OLIVER, BABY, and GODSPELL.

    Contact: lbmueller@aacps.org


    Mr. Shatt headshot BRIAN SHATT

    PVA Vocal Music, Senior Capstone

    Mr. Shatt is a graduate from Towson University and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education and Psychology. He currently teaches at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD as a vocal teacher within their PVA program. During his time at Towson, Mr. Shatt studied voice under the direction of Grammy award winning tenor, Aaron Sheehan. He has performed locally, internationally, and everywhere in between. In addition to his work within the public school system, he also works with Annapolis Summer Garden theatre as the Production and Drama Director for their Summer Teen Performing Arts camp and workshop. 

    Contact: bshatt@aacps.org


    Picture of Yesung Suh YESOOK SUH

    PVA Music Theory, Composition, Piano

    Korean-American composer, educator, and pianist, composes for traditional ensembles, solos, and operas, as well as compositions incorporating electronic media. 
A graduate of Boston University (B.M. in piano and composition), Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music (computer music), and the University of Maryland (D.M.A. in composition), Lee studied with composers Thomas Benjamin, Charles Dodge, Mark E. Wilson and Geoffrey Wright. She has also studied with Horatiu Radulescu in Paris, and attended the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau. 

Suh has been awarded several grants and scholarships, including the Korean Cultural Foundation Artist Grant, the Peabody Career Grant, and the University of Maryland Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Other awards include First Place in the Prix d’Été Competition for Der Wanderer for MIDI Piano and Electronics, the Walsum Composition Award for TEKOAH, premiered by the Opus 3 Trio, and the International Society of American Music Composer Award for As the Thread of Tao written for the Brooklyn Chamber Ensemble. Suh has received numerous commissions, including ones from the Maryland Opera Studio for the opera SSIBAJI (translation: The Surrogate Wife), and the Russian Chamber Arts Society for “Yesterday, Today, & Forever” a song cycle based on the poems by Russian poets Larissa Miller and Bella Akhmadulina. Suh's music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including at the Sidney Harman Hall Shakespeare Theatre, IMAX Theatre Maryland Science Center, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Friedberg Concert Hall, McNeir Hall, Baltimore Theatre Project, Korea Monitor Arts Gallery, and the International Computer Music Conference in Beijing, China. As an active secondary school education instructor, Suh currently chairs the Thomas Benjamin Composition Competition in Maryland, under the auspices of the Howard County Music Teachers Association, and is a PVA music faculty at BroadneckHigh School in Annapolis, Maryland.

    Contact: ysuh@aacps.org


    PVA Guitar

    Contact: ctambascio@aacps.org



    PVA Music Theory, Music Technology and Drum Lab

    Mr. Werntz holds a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Masters of Education from Cambridge College.

    While living in Las Vegas, Mr. Werntz performed as a substitute for the MGM Grand “Jubilee” production show, and as an extra with the Las Vegas Symphony. The highlight of this period in his career was recording Pavarotti Live at the Riviera Hotel, 1984. He also had the privilege to tour Spain, Portugal, and Morocco with Jazz I; accompany college dance classes; and teach percussion and music theory at Nevada School of the Arts summer camp.

    In June of 1984, Mr. Werntz won the percussion audition with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, enlisted in the Navy, and served twenty-four years. While at Naval Academy Band, he performed with the concert band, Electric Brigade, protocol combos, and ceremonial and marching units. He led the percussion ensemble and was Head Drum Major for several years. He also served as Naval Academy Band Operations and Public Affairs. During that period, he maintained an active private studio and coached at area high schools.

    While serving in the Navy, Mr. Werntz qualified as Senior Skipper, Navy Sailing. Mr. Werntz led twelve “Outward Bound” like summer cruises to remote New England ports.

    Mr. Werntz retired from the Navy in 2008 and entered public education. Graduate studies focused on incorporating music and employing a variety of teaching styles to meet the needs of diverse learners.

    Since transferring to the Performing and Visual Arts program, he has taught music theory, world rhythms, drum set class, beginning piano, beginning guitar, and coached applied music ensembles and percussion ensemble.

    He is married to the former Anna Marie Lucero. They are the proud parents of two adults, and the proud grandparents of one grand-daughter.

    Contact: rwerntz@aacps.org