Anthony Oakley is a native Washingtonian. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Music in both Music Education and Conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a high school band and orchestra director for just over 15 years. Under his baton, his ensembles have performed in the Washington Metropolitan area as well around the United States, consistently receiving numerous honors and cultivating a reputation for musical excellence.
As a student of conducting, Anthony has studied with Dr. Michael Votta, Mr. John Wakefield, and Dr. L. Richmond Sparks. He has attended workshops and clinics under such notable conductors as Virginia Allen, Marian Alsop, Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, David Efron, Frederick Fennell, Donald Hunsberger, Anthony Maiello, and Mark Scatterday. In the summer of 2012, Anthony was selected as a participant in the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, at The Juilliard School, in New York City.
Anthony has taught students who have been accepted to and have continued their education at such prestigious institutions as The Aspen Music Festival and School, Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Cleveland institute of Music, The Eastman School of Music, Interlochen Center for the Arts, The North Carolina School for the Arts, Peabody Conservatory, The Tanglewood Institute, and more.
In addition to being an educator, Anthony is highly sought out as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and freelance trumpet player around the DC Metropolitan Area. He is a member of the Maryland Music Educators Association, the Maryland Band Directors Association, the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association, the National Band Association, and the Conductor's Guild.
Anthony resides just outside of DC, in Maryland with his husband Kevin and their cat, Maestro. They spend their time caring for their historic craftsman bungalow home and enjoy community involvement with their neighbors. They often explore DC and it's suburbs by walking, biking, trying out local restaurants, seeing shows, concerts, and more. They both value making time to be with their friends and family, and try to get out for a night of country line dancing and two step whenever possible.