Connie McCullough is the Sistema Utah Director at American Preparatory Academy West Valley One Campus. She manages and runs an Afterschool music program where 125 kids receive three hours of free music instruction daily. Mrs. McCullough manages 16 staff members, and 13 are highly skilled musicians. She loves teaching music. She and her partner in Sistema Utah, Trina Christensen, manage Sistema Strings, a performance group. Sistema Strings has performed at the many University of Utah sporting events, Afterschool Day on the Hill at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake Local Leaders Summit, and side-by-side performances with the Utah Philharmonic and the Draper Philharmonic. With eight awards, Sistema Utah won Utah Best of State 2020, 2021, and 2022. Connie won Utah's 2022 Best of State Early Childhood Music Education.
Mrs. McCullough has been teaching violin and viola for over 20 years. She has been a Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher for over a decade. Her music training is through the University of Utah School of Music, Suzuki training at Institutes, conferences, and workshops, on-the-job training as an Elementary School Orchestra Teacher and Private Suzuki Violin/Viola Teacher, and through performing with many different quartets, orchestras, symphonies, and bands. She received her Associate of Science degree from LDS Business college. She has in character development (social-emotional learning), trauma-informed practices, and working with students with ADHD, autism, and special needs.
Mrs. McCullough served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU) for five years, with three of those years she served as President of the organization. She was the conference coordinator for four state-wide conferences for SAU. In 2015, Mrs. McCullough was Chairman of the SAU's Celebration IX Concert, where they had over 1300 children performing on nine different instruments. She has taught, headed committees, and spoken at local, national, and international conferences. She won the Builder of the Year award in 2018 from American Preparatory Academy.