Mrs. Teresa (T.C.) O’Brien received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. She started her teaching career at Frederick High School in Frederick County, MD only to move quickly back to her hometown of Charles County, MD. In Charles County she taught middle school choral music for 12 years at Matthew Henson Middle School, the past 17 years at McDonough High School and retired this year after 30 years of teaching. Her choirs have consistently received Superior ratings at District, State and National Choral Adjudications. Some of the more prestigious performances include the “Festival of Lights” at the Mormon Visitors Center in Kensington, MD, the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, a joint concert with the United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus, champion at the national “SingStrong” a cappella competition, and a performance for the State Superintendent's Conference. In April 2006 her Chamber choir had the distinct honor of being chosen from the whole country to perform for 16,000 attendees for the National School Board Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012 the Chamber Choir was selected to perform for Maryland State Governor, Martin O’Malley’s, Holiday Open House in Annapolis. In 2011 and 2015, the Chamber Choir had the distinct honor of being chosen to perform with the Washington Chorus on their annual Candlelight Christmas program at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Music Hall under the direction on Julian Wachner. In the fall of 2011 she also taught the Concert Choir at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In 1991, Mrs. O’Brien received Charles County's Young Careerist Award from the Charles County Business and Professional Women's Club and in 1992, she was recognized by the Charles County Board of Education as an Outstanding Music Teacher. She is a member of the Maryland Music Educators Association where she served as the Southern Region President from 1993 to 1995 and Co-chair of the first Maryland Senior Women’s All State Choir. She has been a guest conductor and adjudicator around the state of Maryland and conducted clinics for the Maryland Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. In the spring of 1997, she was honored by the Washington Post with the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. The Maryland Music Educators Association honored her this spring of 2016 with the Outstanding Music Teacher Award.
Assistant Director - Kylie Oosterink
Although Kylie is a St. Mary's County native, she is a new member to Musica but is thrilled to be a part of such a talented group. Kylie is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University where she graduated cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. At Frostburg, Kylie participated in Chamber Choir, University Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Opera. Upon graduating, Kylie became the choir teacher at Leonardtown High School, where she is the director of five different choir groups. When she's not singing or directing, you can find Kylie coaching her St. Mary's Soccer girls travel team. In 2014, Kylie played a major role in the Three Notch Theatre production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Kylie has enjoyed singing with Musica and hopes to continue singing with them!