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Samara Valla

Samara Valla received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at Michigan State University. Mrs.Valla began her teaching career here in Haslett as Erich Wangeman's student teacher, and has been the Haslett Middle School choir director since the fall of 2000. She is responsible for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir at the middle school, and Treble choir at the high school. Her students regularly receive the highest ratings at both District and State Choir Festivals. She also directs the middle school musicals and co-directs the high school musicals. As a soloist, Mrs. Valla has performed both internationally and locally. She has toured Europe and the Midwest with various choirs and has participated in community theater in New York in such musicals as Anything Goes, Barnum, Bells are Ringing, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Leader of the Pack, and Fiddler on the Roof. Previously, Mrs. Valla was a Community Music School Instructor of early childhood music classes and the coach for the Ladies First A Capella Ensemble at Michigan State University. She currently resides in East Lansing, Michigan and has completed her Masters Degree in Music Education at Michigan State University. She is married to Justin, orchestra director at St. Johns High School, and has three daughters, Myah, Julia and Lara.