​Dr. Margaret Young-Weitzel

Dr. Young-Weitzel has an extensive background in the instruction of instrumental music on the K-12 and university level.


Margaret Young-Weitzel is pleased to join the faculty of Claflin University as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Washington where she studied conducting with Timothy Salzman. She also holds a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. While in residency at the University of Washington Dr. Weitzel was a GO-MAP Presidential Scholar, Mu Phi Epsilon Scholar, Alcor Scholar and Mortar Board Scholar. She also served as a teaching assistant for the university concert bands. She founded the Maple Valley Youth Orchestra in Maple Valley, Washington. She was the artistic director and conductor of the Chinook Winds, an ensemble actively engaged in the performance of new works for double wind quintet. Dr. Weitzel was the Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Saint Xavier University, the Director of Athletic Bands at Case Western Reserve University and the Assistant Director of Instrument Music at Carthage College. Dr. Weitzel is also is a veteran of the public schools having taught marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz band and K-4 general music in Washington, Illinois and California.


  • D.M.A. University of Washington-2011
  • M.A.T. University of Puget Sound-2001
  • B.M.E. University of Puget Sound -2000

Research Interests

  • Dr. Young-Weitzel has a wide array of interests ranging from the performance of a variety of musical genres to the development of curriculum for K-12 music courses to the promotion of contemporary composers for band and orchestra. She focused her scholarly interests on the development of curriculum and programs that foster a love for life-long learning and streamline the path to achievement in music.
  • As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Young-Weitzel is concerned with the transitional period experienced by pre-service music educators during the initial years of college.
  • Dr. Young-Weitzel developed a plan for the creation of a community school of music focused on the creation of educational opportunities for children and adults.

Activities and Honors

  • College Band Director's National Association
  • College Music Society
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Washington Music Educators Association
  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
  • Presidential Scholar, University of Washington, 2005-2011
  • Mortar Board Scholar, University of Washington, 2006-2007
  • Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship, University of Washington, 2006-2007
  • Alcor Scholar, University of Washington, 2006-2011
  • Mellam Scholarship, University of Puget Sound, 1998-2000

​Dr. Margaret Young-Weitzel
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education; Director of Band
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Music Building, 102