Marissa Works

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Vocal Music Teacher


Professional Background

I attended Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, where I received two bachelor degrees in Music Education (voice) and Public Relations. I was drawn to the area after several internship experiences, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts “Changing Education Through the Arts” program. I am very interested in education policy and arts advocacy. I have participated in the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Advocacy Summit, and as a presenter at the NAFME state level conference in Pennsylvania. I am taking coursework towards a master’s degree at George Washington University, and I am also an associate conductor for the National Children’s Choir.

Personal Interests

I am an active vocalist and have always enjoyed performing an eclectic collection of music – jazz, classical, opera, and popular music. I currently perform with The Arlington Chorale as a soprano. I love to stay active and enjoy playing tennis, practicing yoga, running, hiking, kayaking, and biking. One of my favorite parts about Arlington is the easy access to both the city and the beautiful outdoors of NOVA.

Literary Connection

One of my favorite literary connections in the classroom is using the John M. Feierabend Songtale books. My favorite is “Kitty Alone” – it is a magical tale full of imagery accompanied by a haunting melody. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is my favorite novel!