Chief Musician Devona Schiller is a native of Baltimore County, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in education and flute performance from James Madison University, where she studied with Carol Kniebusch Noe. Under the tutelage of Anthony Maiello, she received a Master of Music degree in conducting from George Mason University.
MUC Schiller entered the United States Navy in 1998. During her first two years in the Navy, she was assigned to the ATLANTIC Fleet Band in Norfolk, Virginia, where she performed in the woodwind quintet and as principal flutist in the wind ensemble. She also served as a vocalist and operations assistant, and was featured with the wind ensemble as a flute soloist and conductor.
In 2000, MUC Schiller auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. She reported for duty as flutist with the wind ensemble, marching band, and ceremonial units. She is Principal Flutist of the wind ensemble and also performs as a vocalist. Chief Schiller is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. Her collateral duties include serving as Career Information Program Manager and Head Enlisted Conductor.
Chief Schiller has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.