Meet our awesome new Junior High Directors

Forest Meadow Junior High Directors

Mrs. Allyson Whitsitt, Director of Bands

Mrs. Allyson Whitsitt is in her first year as Director of Bands at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson ISD. She recently completed her final year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Sam Houston State University where she earned her Masters in Instrumental Conducting. While at SHSU, she conducted pieces with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and assisted with the Bearkat Marching Band. She also performed with the wind ensemble at TMEA and was a member of the CBDNA Intercollegiate band.

Prior to graduate school, Mrs. Whitsitt was a Band Director at Byrd Middle School in Duncanville ISD.  She taught the Non-Varsity and Sub Non-Varsity bands as well as beginner woodwind classes at Brandenburg and Daniel Intermediate Schools. Mrs. Whitsitt was also the Middle School Coordinator for TMEA Region 20 from 2016—2018.

Mrs. Whitsitt earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education degree at Sam Houston State University. While earning her Bachelors, she performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and was a Drum Major for the Bearkat Marching Band. Mrs. Whitsitt is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity as well as Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.

Mrs. Whitsitt is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Women Band Directors International. Mrs. Whitsitt currently resides in Rowlett with her husband, Michael Whitsitt and their two dogs.

Mr. Kyle Emiliani, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Kyle Emiliani is beginning his first year as the Assistant Band Director at Forest Meadow Junior High. Although he is from the Houston area, he is very excited to begin his new career at FMJH in Richardson ISD!

Mr. Emiliani recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at SHSU, he studied Bass Trombone with Ben Osborne and performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Bearkat Marching and Basketball Bands, and the Symphony Orchestra, including a performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention!

When he is not teaching music, Mr. Emiliani enjoys fishing, golf, basketball, video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Lake Highlands Junior High Directors

Mrs. Christina Langer, Director of Bands

Mrs. Christina Langer is the Director of Bands at Lake Highlands Junior High in Richardson ISD. Her responsibilities include conducting the Honors Band, teaching beginning classes at elementary feeders, and assisting with the Symphonic and Concert Bands. She oversees the band program at Lake Highlands Junior High School as well as the 6th graders at our feeder elementary campuses (Northlake, Lake Highlands, Thurgood Marshall, Wallace, and White Rock).

Mrs. Langer grew up in Lewisville, TX and went to Hebron High School. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Music, manga cum laude. While at Texas Tech she performed in various ensembles such as The Goin’ Band, Court Jesters, Symphonic Band, University Band and Trumpet Ensemble. She had the opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild.

She lives in Carrollton with her husband Ryan and her two Miniature Australian Shepard dogs Bear and Bella. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, playing soccer and cooking.

Mr. Justin Anderson, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Justin Anderson will be starting his first year of teaching as an Assistant Band Director at Lake Highlands Junior High in Richardson ISD. His responsibilities include co-conducting the Symphonic and Concert ensembles, as well as teaching beginner classes at the feeder elementary schools. 

Growing up in San Antonio, Mr. Anderson attended Ronald Reagan High School. During his senior year of high school, Mr. Anderson was an All-State musician on French horn. He then went to Texas Tech University to study Music Education. While at Tech, Mr. Anderson performed in the University Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Goin’ Band, and many chamber groups. He graduated in December of 2019 with his Bachelor of Music. 

While he is not teaching, Mr. Anderson enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing racquetball, and hitting the trails on his mountain bike.

Mr. Daniel Hellrung, Assistant Band Director

Mr. Daniel Hellrung is one of the Assistant Band Directors at Lake Highlands Junior High School. His responsibilities include co-conducting the Symphonic and Concert ensembles, as well as teaching beginner classes at the feeder elementary schools. 

Mr. Hellrung is originally from the Austin area where he was a Drum Major at Lake Travis High School. In 2020, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. With the saxophone as his primary instrument, he has played in a variety of concert and jazz ensembles.

In his free time, Mr. H enjoys making pour-over coffee, camping, and woodworking as well as cooking new and exotic dinners at home.

Have a great week!

Levi Chavis