Bellingham High School Music Staff:
Marie Forte, Fine Arts Coordinator K-12, BHS Band Director,  mforte@bpsdk12.org

Kaitlyn Braman, BHS Chorus Director & Music Teacher, kbraman@bpsdk12.org

Bellingham Memorial School Music Staff:  

Timothy MacDonald, Band Director, tmacdonald@bpsdk12.org

Julie Signa, Chorus and Music Teacher, jsigna@bpsdk12.org

Adam Stevens, Music Teacher, astevens@bpsdk12.org

Bellingham Elementary Music Staff:

Adam Stevens, Stall Brook Elementary School, astevens@bpsdk12.org

Heather Deary, DiPietro Elementary School, hdeary@bpsdk12.org

Keough Memorial Academy Music Staff:

Julie Chilton, Music Teacher, jchilton@bpsdk12.org

Co-Curricular Music Staff:
Beverly Bajgot, Color Guard Coach, bbajgot@bpsdk12.org
Cindy Maxfield, Color Guard Coach
Matt Grina, BHS Drumline Coach, mgrina@bpsdk12.org
Timothy MacDonald, Assistant Marching Band Director

Marie Forte, BHS

Ms. Marie Forte is the Bellingham Fine Arts Coordinator K-12 and Band Director at Bellingham High School where she has taught since 2003.  She conducts the BHS Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands, BHS Chorus, as well as teaches the following courses: Digital Music Production I & II, Eighth Grade Chorus and American Popular Music. Ms. Forte completed her Master of Music Degree in Music Education with a concentration in wind conducting from Rhode Island College and completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of New Hampshire.  She has studied conducting with Andrew Boysen, Jr. and Robert Franzblau and flute with Peggy Vagts, Faith Williard, and MaryEllen Guzzio.  She is a conductor and staff member with American Music Abroad, and completed three week performance tours to five countries in Europe with a high school honors band, orchestra and choir in 2017, 2015 and 2013.  She is a recipient of the Blackstone Valley Superintendents’ Collaborative Promising Practices Award, the Bridgewater State University Innovative Curriculum Grant, and several grants from the Bellingham Cultural Council.   In 2012, the BHS Concert Band was invited to participate in the University of New Hampshire Wind Band Invitational Festival with composers Andrew Boysen, Jr. and Mark Camphouse.  She serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) as Concert Festival Co-Chair and Host for the Band & Orchestra Festival.  Ms. Forte is the 2023 inductee into the MICCA Paul Smith Hall of Fame for music educators in Massachusetts.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and National Association for Music Education.

Kaitlyn Braman, BHS


Ms. Kaitlyn Braman is the BHS Chorus Director and also teaches 8th Grade General Music and co-teaches the Concert Band. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in music education and conducting from Rhode Island College. While at Rhode Island College she studied flute with Dr. Mary Ellen Guzzio, voice with Susan Rodgers and conducting with Dr. Edward Markward. She was also the manager for the Rhode Island College Orchestra for two years. Ms. Braman currently performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s. She is also a current member of the National Association for Music Educators and the American Choral Directors Association.

Julie Chilton, Keough Memorial Academy Music Teacher

Ms. Chilton is the Performing Arts Teacher at Keough Memorial Academy. She has been teaching music, drama and movement to students of all ages for more than 45 years. She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and also holds a certificate in Arts Management and Leadership from Fitchburg University. Ms. Chilton has worked in many diverse and fascinating places, including Colorado, England and Zambia. When she is not teaching, she loves to travel, explore, hike, camp and kayak. In inclement weather, she knits to maintain her sanity. Originally from New York, she makes sure to get back to the Big Apple every few months to see an opera or a show. She sings alto in the Worcester Chorus and is active in local community groups.

Julie Signa, BMS Chorus & Music Teacher

Miss SignaMiss Signa is the general music teacher and chorus conductor for grades 4 through 7 at Bellingham Memorial School. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She studied trumpet with Joe Foley and voice with Susan Rodgers. She was a member of the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and Rhode Island College Chorus. As a member of the Rhode Island College Chorus, Miss Signa toured Germany and Prague under the direction of Dr. Teresa Coffman.  Miss Signa plays with the American Band as a member of the trumpet section.  She is a member of the National Association for Music Education.

Timothy MacDonald, BMS Band & Music Teacher

Mr. Timothy MacDonald is the Band Director for grades 5 through 7 at Bellingham Memorial School. Mr. MacDonald also conducts the BMS Jazz Band and BHS Jazz Band.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education.  He received his  Masters degree from the American Band College through Sam Houston State University in Ashland, Oregon. He has studied trumpet with Dr. Robert Stibler and conducting with Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education.


Heather Deary, Music Teacher

Heather Deary is the elementary music teacher at DiPietro Elementary School teaching grades K-3 general music. She is a 2001 graduate from UMASS Lowell in Music Education with voice as her primary instrument.   After 3 years of teaching, Mrs. Deary took 10 years off to start a family and stay home with her 3 children. During this time she opened up her own studio teaching voice and piano lessons.  In 2013 she returned back to the public schools teaching part time in both Charlton and Hopedale before starting in Bellingham the fall of 2015. Mrs. Deary is a certified Music Together Instructor and received her Masters Degree in Music Education in the Spring of 2017 from UMASS Lowell. She is also a performing musician, Heather Deary Acoustic, singing and playing guitar in the Milford/Worcester area.

Adam Stevens, Music Teacher

Mr. Adam Stevens is the general music teacher at Stall Brook Elementary School and the co-teacher for the 4th grade chorus and 5th grade band at Bellingham Memorial School. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He studied clarinet with Dr. Juliet Lai. Adam is currently playing with the American Band as a member of the clarinet section. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education.