Marianne Connelly is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at the College of St. Scholastica since 1997. She earned her BA in Music Education from The College of St. Scholastica and her MA in Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her teaching experience includes 19 years at the junior and senior high school level.
Marianne is a national past president of the American School Band Directors Association, was the first Minnesotan and first woman to hold that national office (1995). She received the Silver Baton Award from Women Band Directors International in 1994. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and conducted the Minnesota Intercollegiate Honors Band at MMEA in 2001. She is active in many professional state organizations and performs on clarinet, historic clarinet and bass clarinet in local musical groups. Since teaching in Ireland she has renewed her connection to her roots playing low whistle and tin whistle with fellow Irish music lovers.