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Susan Zemlin has been Director of Vocal Music at Blaine High School since 1992 where she is currently responsible for Concert Choir, Varsity Treble Choir, Reppin' Blue Choir, and several extra-curricular choirs, including an annual Madrigal Dinner. From 1987 to 1992 she taught vocal and general music at Pipestone Central School to students in grades 6-12. She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota. She has studied voice with Monty Barnard, Axel Theimer, Leon Thurman, and Lawrence Weller, and has sung with Kantorei and the Dale Warland Singers. Ms. Zemlin served as Assistant Conductor for Kantorei from 1996 until 2009, and she has been a substitute faculty member for the VoiceCare Network. She has worked with church choirs in Sioux Falls, SD, Pipestone, MN, and Coon Rapids, MN. Ms. Zemlin is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the VoiceCare Network, and has served as President, Treasurer, Secretary, Men’s/Women’s Choir Festival Chair, and Webmaster for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and as Choir Vice-President for the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Ms. Zemlin has served on the Personnel, Staff-Development, and Finance Committees at Blaine High School, and is currently serving on the music curriculum writing team for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. She is Music Department Leader and is on the Culturally Responsive Teaching Team and the National Honor Society Faculty Council at Blaine High School. A technology enthusiast, Ms. Zemlin’s Blaine Choir webpage was featured in a 1996 Choral Journal article as one of the early high school choir websites. Ms. Zemlin was named Minnesota Conductor of the Year by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota in 2011, and a Semi-Finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2015. In 2005, Ms. Zemlin was awarded a Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award by the Anoka-Hennepin School District. She is a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids where she has participated in Global Mission activities. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, cross-country skiing, gardening, and cooking. Ms. Zemlin lives in Coon Rapids, MN with her husband Reid Mortensen.Thank you for supporting your student's education! I am excited to work with your child and watch their growth. Together we can help your child achieve success!