Our Staff

The Encore Staff

Mindy Niles, ECMA Executive Director; Founder/Director, Encore Academy
Mrs. Niles received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Woodwind Quintet.  Mrs. Niles has served as an adjudicator for the Maryland All-State Bands and Solo & Ensemble Festivals and performs frequently as a freelance oboist. She is a member of the Encore Chamber Winds and Mistral Woodwind Quintet and serves as Adjunct Professor of Oboe at McDaniel College.

Andrew B. Spang, Encore Community Orchestra Director
Mr. Spang earned his Bachelor’s of Music from The Boston Conservatory of Music and Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Spang currently serves as the Director of Bands at Folly Quarter Middle School where his bands and jazz ensembles consistently earn Superior ratings at local and state festivals.  Folly Quarter boasts two jazz ensembles and a jazz combo that rehearse and perform throughout the school year.  In 2008 Mr. Spang was named the Maryland “Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year” by the Maryland Music Educators Association.  Mr. Spang performs regularly as a member of the Lyric Brass Quintet and American Studio Orchestra.  He has served as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Maryland and beyond.


Mindy Niles, Camp Director
Director of Bands, Encore Academy

Andrew Spang, Camp Band Director
Director of Bands, Folly Quarter Middle School
Encore Community Band Director

Laura Baker, Camp Chorus Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Ilchester Elementary School

Jamie Brown, Conducting Instructor
Vocal and Instrumental Music Director, Northwest Middle School
Encore Community Band Director

Mike Hirsh, Percussion Instructor
Former Instrumental Music Director, North Carroll Middle School

Kathy Hughes, String Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, West Middle School

Courtney Niles, Woodwind/Brass Instructor
Former Director of Bands, Thomas Viaduct Middle School

Bill Rose, Assistant Orchestra Director
Orchestra Director, Centennial Lane Elementary School

Brian Thompson, Brass Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Westminster Elementary School

Rick Twigg, Percussion Instructor
Instrumental Music Director, Fulton Elementary School


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