Catherine Plichta (representing the New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) Connected Arts Networks program) – Catherine Plichta is the director of the instrumental music program at Theater Arts Production Company School in the Bronx and a graduate of New York University and Empire State College. As a teacher in the NYC Department of Education for the last 14 years and a quarterfinalist in the 2016 and 2017 Grammy Awards, she has worked to bring high quality music education to students across New York City. Catherine’s students have performed with celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Nico and Vinz, Andra Day, V Bozeman and many others. She is a NYC Arts Facilitator and Connected Arts Network National Teacher Leader with NAfME. She has presented in Colorado at both the Modern Band Rockfest and Symposium and Modern Band Summit. Catherine has served as a guest clinician at NYSSMA presenting on increasing diversity in the arts and using technology in the music classroom and is currently on the NYSSMA Tech Committee.