Niskayuna school district hires music director

Chad Shippee. Photo: Provided

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Board of Education announced Chad Shippee as the new music director for grades K-12 at its Nov. 24 meeting. He will start Jan. 4.

Since 2011, he has worked for the Bolton Landing Central Schools in Warren County as the instrumental music director, leading three bands from grades four to 12.

Shippee’s background includes serving as the president of the Washington County-Area Music Teachers Association, presenting at the New York State School Music Association conferences and leading several all-county ensembles.

“Chad brings to our district a strong background in music instruction and a high degree of enthusiasm for working with our students and teachers,” Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. said in a news release. “He appreciates the exceptional music department we have and promises to provide the collaborative leadership necessary to shape the future of such an accomplished program. I’m pleased to welcome him to Niskayuna.”

The position was advertised “extensively across the state,” according to the district. Candidates were required to give a performance, in addition to a final interview with Tangorra.

Three committees were involved in the selection process, comprised of Niskayuna music teachers, parents, students, principals, K-12 academic directors, central office administrators and Board of Education members.

Shippee received his bachelor’s degree at Crane School of Music and his master’s in curriculum development and instructional technology at the University of Albany. He is currently working toward a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership, and anticipates he will receive it in May.

Prior to his time at Bolton Landing, Shippee was with Fort Ann School District in Washington County, where he directed bands from grades four to 12 and taught music.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Niskayuna team,” he said in the news release. “This position is surely the pinnacle of my professional aspirations. I have always admired the quality of the music program at Niskayuna and I look forward to working with the fantastic music staff to take it to next level for our students.”