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Mr. Joe Sipzner is excited to continue his teaching career at Murphy Middle School. A native to upstate New York, Mr. Sipzner earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, where he was mentored in string pedagogy by Dr. Robert Gillespie. Graduating summa cum laude, he studied conducting with David Becker and Dr. Scott Jones, and served as the Associate Conductor for the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prior to working with the musicians of Murphy Middle School and Bowman Middle School of Plano ISD, Mr. Sipzner taught elementary Strings in Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia, where he received the Elementary New Teacher of the Year Award in 2020 from the Fairfax Orchestra Directors’ Association. Outside of teaching, he enjoys cooking, composing, and spending time with his wife and their dog.