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Saint Francis welcomes new band director

Saint Francis welcomes Sadie Queally-Sammut, who will serve as the Saint Francis band director next year. Ms. Queally-Sammut comes to Saint Francis by way of Sacred Heart Preparatory, where she is the director of bands. Her ensembles at her current school include symphonic band, strings, pep band, jazz big band and jazz combos.

“I'm looking forward to all the wonderful performance opportunities the campus and community at SFHS have to offer!” Ms. Queally-Sammut says. “Between performances at rallies, football games, lunch, concerts, and so much more, there will never be a dull moment. I also cannot wait to welcome students back to campus as we come out of a pandemic and experience not only the joy of making music together again, but the wonder of hearing live music again.”

Ms. Queally-Sammut holds her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Comparative and World Literature from San Francisco State University and her Master of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University. A clarinetist by training, she is the principal clarinetist of the College of San Mateo Symphonic Band, with whom she has performed for over a decade. Sadie is a founding member of the Cork PADS Quartet, formed during the COVID-19 pandemic and pioneering live virtual concerts. Her past ensembles include wind ensembles, symphonic bands, chamber ensembles, choirs, and a Gregorian chant ensemble across the nation.

Ms. Queally-Sammut is an active researcher in music education and is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration. Her current research focuses on exclusionary language and student perception of belonging in contemporary wind band repertoire and ensembles. She has created an interdisciplinary music and United States history course through which pivotal historical events are examined through the music of their time and cycles of appropriation are explored. Ms. Queally-Sammut maintains professional memberships in California Music Educators Association (CMEA), California Band Directors Association (CBDA), National Society for Research in Music Education and Women Band Directors International.

“I seek to empower my students in all aspects of musicianship; music is so much more than just the notes on a page and a performance. Recently, my students completed collaborative composition projects, including original compositions, a video concert talk, and a web page to showcase their progress and final work,” says Ms. Queally-Sammut.

Welcome to Saint Francis, Ms. Queally-Sammut!