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Cleve Maloon

Band Director | Music Department Chairman

Mr. Cleve A. Maloon started his teaching career thirty-one years ago at Rock Island High School, in Illinois, and served as director of bands and the district’s music coordinator K-12. He was director of bands at Emerald Cove Middle School from 2015-2017, Director of Music Programs at Oxbridge Academy from 2012-2015, Director of Bands and Department Chairman at Bak Middle School of the Arts from 2001-2012, and Director of Bands at Palm Beach Gardens High School from 1996-2000.

Mr. Maloon earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Augustana College (Illinois) and his Master of Arts degree in Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, he is a trombonist who has performed professionally throughout the Caribbean and United States in calypso, salsa, reggae, and jazz bands, as well as symphony orchestras.

In September 2013, The Legacy Palm Beach Post recognized Mr. Maloon as one of Palm Beach County’s Top Black Educators. In January 2007 and 2012, the Florida Bandmasters Association awarded Mr. Maloon for eleven consecutive years of Straight Superiors for Concert Band Performances. On July 11, 2005, Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr. nominated Mr. Maloon for the American Stars of Teaching Award. Mr. Maloon was also the 2005 Finalist for the Palm Beach County Economic Council William- Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education.   Mr. Maloon was nominated for the 2004 and 2005 Disney Teacher Awards, which honors creativity in teaching.  In 1999, the Palm Beach Gardens Rotary International honored Mr. Maloon as one of the Teachers of the Year and in 1998, the Palm Beach Post selected him as a recipient of the “I Make A Difference Teacher of Excellence” Award. In 1995 and 1993, Mr. Maloon was awarded Most Inspirational Teacher and Master Teacher Awards from Western Illinois University.

From 2011-2013, Mr. Maloon facilitated and executed a partnership between the prestigious Juilliard School and Bak Middle School of the Arts and Oxbridge Academy to launch the only Juilliard Summer Jazz Camp in South Florida. Mr. Maloon has been a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida. In January 2013, Mr. Maloon was the conductor of the Florida All-State Middle School Concert Band and was the conductor of the 2020 Florida All-State Middle School Jazz Band. Most recently, Maloon was awarded the Palm Beach Symphony’s 2021 Randolph A. Frank Prize, which recognizes contributions to enriching the quality of the performing arts in Palm Beach County.


Kathy Towler

Band Director

Kathleen L. Towler, a National Board Certified Teacher in Early/Middle Childhood/Music/Band since 2003, earned her Bachelor of Music degree with endorsements in Music Theory and Music History from Michigan State University.  She has been teaching instrumental music for 35 years at the elementary and secondary level.  She taught in Michigan, South Dakota, New Jersey, and Illinois before coming to Florida. She was a W.T. Dwyer Award Nominee, in 2004  and was awarded the “I Make a Difference” Teacher of Excellence Award in 2005. She was a Conductor for the North Area Chorus at the Spotlight on Young Musicians Concert in 2008. She has performed in solo recitals, professional and amateur orchestras, chamber ensembles, and bands for the last 40 years. She has had the privilege to be involved in music education workshops with some of the world’s top musicians. She is active in The International Double Reed Society and Florida Music Educator’s Association.


Essi Nadal

Strings Director

Ms. Essilevi Nadal is an active teacher and performer in South Florida. She has served on the cello faculty of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (2011), Lynn Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division (2010-2012) and the Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division (2006-2008). She often performs with many of the area’s leading ensembles including Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra.


Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ms. Nadal completed her studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. She served as the principal cellist of the Orquesta Nacional de Cámara and the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Juan Pablo Duarte. She was awarded first prize in the third Concurso de Interpretación Musical sponsored by UNESCO. Ms. Nadal holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Columbus State University and a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Artist-Faculty David Cole. She is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Center. Currently, Ms. Nadal is completing a Master of Music Education at the University of Miami, where she was a Teaching Assistant for the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Nadal has been an Orchestra Director at The Conservatory School @North Palm Beach since 2016.


Kelsey Lin

Strings Director

Kelsey Lin began her love of music at an early age, receiving her first violin at age six. She participated in many music festivals such as the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Domaine Forget Summer Music Festival. During those festivals Ms. Lin studied violin with Austin Hartman, Helmut Lipsky, and Marie Berard. She participated in string ensembles receiving instructions from the Biava String Quartet and the Nash String Quartet. Kelsey has  been asked to play in many master classes with great violinists including Oleh Krysa, Regis Pasquier, Elmar Oliveira, and Mimi Zweig.  She attended both Bak Middle School of the Arts and the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts..


In 2005 she began formal private lessons with Carol Simmons, violinist of the former Florida Philharmonic. Shortly thereafter in 2006 she studied with Rebecca Lautar, violin professor of Florida Atlantic University. In 2008 Ms. Lin was accepted to the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University where she studied with Carol Cole until she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music Performance.


After college, Kelsey pursued a career in teaching. During her first year as a full-time teacher Ms. Lin was selected as one of six finalists for the “Beginning Teacher of the Year Award” representing the Palm Beach County School District. She taught with the Youth Orchestra of the Palm Beaches and for many years she ran the El Sistema program at U.B.Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts, a program modeled on the world-renowned social and music education project from Venezuela. Her elementary-aged El Sistema Beethoven Orchestra competed in the Music USA Festival in Orlando, FL, and was awarded first prize competing against middle school students. Because of her dedication to music education throughout Palm Beach County, she was elected and served for two years as the District Chairperson for the Florida Orchestra Association’s District 14 which includes Palm Beach, Martin, and Glades Counties.  Currently, Kelsey is teaching with Palm Beach Atlantic University Preparatory Department as a violin and viola instructor. She also works with students around Palm Beach County in both public and private schools. Kelsey continues to spread the joy of music through teaching and performing.