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The YouthReach programs are made possible by the leadership of a dedicated group of people:


Merideth Buxton is the Director of the YouthReach programs. She earned her Bachelors of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and her Masters of Music at Ithaca College. She has performed and taught on the Eastern Shore since 1982 and has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in area symphonies. She offers private lessons in her home in Royal Oak, and is retired from the faculty at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.


Gale recently returned to Easton, her birthplace, after living in Washington D.C., England, and Ottawa, Canada for many years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Ottawa, where after graduation she played for ten years in their orchestra as a violinist and violist.

While in Ottawa, she also taught in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, the OrKidstra Program (teaching underprivileged children), and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in the Extra Curricular Creative Arts Program. She now teaches Violin, Viola and beginner Cello in Easton.


Hanna Woicke, Chair

Don Buxton

Merideth Buxton

Kathy Dill

Phillip Sawyer

Gale Shehan

Melissa Slacum

If you are interested in volunteering to help out with YouthReach programs, send an email to Don Buxton at


YouthReach is proud to have the support of the following organizations:

Dorchester Center for the Arts

Mid-Shore Community Foundation

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore

The Frederick N. and Phyllis H. Leonard Fund

The Arthur H. Kudner, Jr. Fund

The May Foundation

The Frederick W. Richmond Foundation & Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Wyman

Pauline F. & W. David Robbins Charitable Foundation

The Todd Fund

The Waddell Foundation

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