Meet the Directors

Dr. Brandon Ulrich, Director of Choral Activities
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Mrs. Lauren Staniszewski, Director of Bands


Dr. Brandon Ulrich has been teaching at Stoney Creek High School since the school's inception in 2002.  Currently, Dr. Ulrich serves as Director of Choral Activities, where he directs the Men's Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir,Chorale, and Chamber Singers.  Dr. Ulrich earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Michigan State University in 2001, where he was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Oustanding Academic Achievement Award for the College of Arts and Letters.  He earned his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Oregon University in 2005, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in 2013.  He has been honored in Who’s Who Among High School Teachers, The National Honor Roll for Outstanding Teachers, the PTSA Founder’s Day Award, and as a 2006 Local Walmart/Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Ulrich conducted the 2011 TTBB State Honors Choir, frequently presents sessions at MSVMA and Church Music Conferences, and is called upon as a clinician and adjudicator across the state for both MSVMA and MSBOA.  He has served on the Michigan State University College of Music Alumni Board of Directors, and on the MSVMA Full Board and Executive Board.  Dr. Ulrich is an advocate for new music, having established the Stoney Creek Commissioning Project which annually premiers several new works.  An active composer, Ulrich is frequently commissioned by ensembles such as the Detroit Chamber Winds.  His compositions, arrangements, and editions are published through Colla Voce Music Inc, Boosey & Hawkes, and Musicatus Press.   

 As Director of Bands at Stoney Creek High School, Lauren Staniszewski works with the Concert Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Class Guitar, and the Cougar Marching Band. Mrs. Staniszewski completed her Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan in 2011. She also received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Michigan in 2006, double majoring in Clarinet Performance and Music Education. She has been honored in Who’s Who Among High School Teachers, received the Sigurd I.& Jamila H. Rislov Foundation Award in 2004 and 2006, and has served as a guest clinician and coach for many schools throughout Michigan. Outside of the classroom, she has presented multiple sessions at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids and has served as a board member for the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association. She continues to stay active musically through freelancing, playing in local area ensembles, teaching privately, and volunteering for community events.