• music staff
    Welcome to the
    Music Department!


    Mrs. Oleje
     Mrs. Bethany Olejer is excited to be back again as a Catoctin cardinal!  This is her ninth year at Catoctin and is excited to see everyone again in the fall! She previously conducted the music program at Dominion Trail Elementary in Ashburn, Virginia for ten years.  She graduated with a music education degree from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.  She returned to Shepherd for her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She lives with her husband and two boys in Purcellville, Va.  She is looking forward to making music with you!
    Mrs. Samson
    Mrs. Beth Samson is excited to be back as a Catoctin Cardinal for her fourth year. Mrs. Samson teaches music at Catoctin and also at Evergreen Mill. She previously taught music in Roanoke City Public Schools, in Fayette County Schools in Lexington, Kentucky, and in Prince William County. She graduated with a music education degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She also earned her Master’s Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. Before teaching music in public schools, Mrs. Samson worked as a case manager with an at-risk health population. She fell in love with teaching music while working as a substitute in Loudoun County Schools when her children were in elementary school in Purcellville, Virginia. She has two young adult children who are working and studying in Lexington, Kentucky. She and her husband, Will, live in Ashburn. Mrs. Samson is excited to create music with students at Catoctin Elementary!           email Ms. Samson
    For more information on the importance of music, go to:  www.menc.org/information/advocate/facts.html