Associate Conductors

Chris Shumick

The 2017-2018 school year will be Chris Shumick’s sixth year as the Director of Bands at Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. Prior to his appointment at Milton, he spent five years as the inaugural band director at Woodland High School in Henry County and previously taught for three years at Jonesboro High School in Clayton County. Originally from Alliance, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and both Master’s and Education Specialist’s degrees from The University of Georgia.

Ensembles under his direction have consistently received superior ratings at GMEA concert and marching band events and the Milton Band has been awarded the Georgia Music Educators Association Exemplary Performance Award and the National Band Association's Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence. In recent years, groups he has led have received invitations to perform at the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, The University of South Carolina Band Clinic, The University of Georgia’s January Music Festival, Georgia State University’s “Bands of Distinction” Honor Clinic, the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, the Kennesaw State University Band Invitational and the Music for All Southeastern Concert Band Regional at Georgia State University. In recent years, the Milton Wind Ensemble has been named a Commended and State-Level Winner in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors. Mr. Shumick is an eight-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and, as the conductor, was the recipient of the Shuler Hensley award for “Best Pit Orchestra” at the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards.

In addition to frequently serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band events in the Atlanta area, he has served as a staff member for the Georgia Ambassadors of Music European tours, and is a member of the Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters' Fraternity. In addition to his duties at Milton, Mr. Shumick also holds the position of Associate Conductor for the Atlanta Wind Symphony.

Tyler Ehrlich

Tyler Ehrlich is the Associate Director of Bands at Centennial High School, where he is involved in instruction and administration of the concert bands, marching band, chamber ensembles, and music technology. In addition to his responsibilities at Centennial, Mr. Ehrlich also serves as Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony.

Prior to joining the faculty at Centennial, Ehrlich completed his Master of Music Degree in Conducting from The University of Georgia. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree summa cum laude from Cornell University, where his studies concentrated in music and computer science. While at Cornell, Ehrlich served as the teaching assistant for the Cornell Wind Ensembles, and directed pit orchestras for Ithaca’s largest student musical theater organization, The Melodramatics Theatre Company.

Funded by research grants from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers and UGA’s Ideas for Creative Exploration Lab, Mr. Ehrlich has worked with Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner to bring their ideas involving conducting technology to fruition. They have presented their research at several of the largest band conferences in the world: The College Band Directors National Association National Conference, The World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, and The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Work that he has completed has been published in a variety of sources, including The Verge and USA Today. A happy resident of Atlanta, Ehrlich enjoys working with new technology, playing piano, being outdoors, scuba diving, and sailing.