2018 Citation of Excellence Award - George Bradshaw
George Bradshaw, Dover Area High School.
He is being presented the 2018 District 7 Citation of Excellence by Henry Pearlberg, PMEA President, at the 2018 PMEA Awards Breakfast at the Annual Conference in Lancaster, PA on April 21, 2018.
Diane Maclay Retired Music Educator, Cumberland Valley SD
“I first met Diane a few years ago when she was serving as the President of PMEA Distict 7. She came to the Fest that my students were participating in and impressed me with her fairness, her approachability, and her knowledge. When a colleague asked me to consider running for a position on the District 7 Executive Board, I happily agreed to it, knowing that I would have would have the great mentorship of Diane to help guide me. Since I have become an officer for District 7, I’ve worked much more closely with Diane and she has proven to me that she is one of the most dedicated music educators that PMEA has ever seen. Diane retired from teaching years ago, but has voluntarily continued to donate her time to PMEA to ensure that District 7’s students continue to get great experiences and that its teachers are well prepared for their jobs through professional development.” – Gregory Hutchison, First Vice President, PMEA District 7
Diane is retired from the Cumberland Valley School District where she taught elementary vocal music for 30 years and served as Music Department Chair during the last seven years. Prior to her position at Cumberland Valley she taught for seven years in the Mifflin County SD.
The James R. Stewart award was established in 1999 in honor of PMEA Past President Jim Stewart, the only president who has served two terms (1974-1976 and 1990-1992).
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Citation of Excellence: PMEA congratulates this year’s Citation of Excellence awardees for their outstanding work at the college/ university level and high school level.
Thomas Strohmann, Lebanon Valley College.
Teaching Area: Director of Jazz Studies, jazz band/lab band director, saxophone instruction, orchestration, class. Summer music camp instructor and Graduate studies instructor. Faculty advisor and honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Iota Kappa chapter. Private home music and woodwind lesson instructor. Also, Tom is one of the original founding members of the jazz group, “Third Stream.” It has been on of Central Pennsylvania’s primiere jazz groups for the last 50 years!
“Tom is a deserving recipient of this award for numerous reasons. Tom is someone in the music arena who set the bar high as both teacher, leader and professional musician. I don’t know anyone else who has been able to do this for as long as he has. As both a teacher and performer, Tom has touched the lives and been an inspiration to hundreds if not thousands of young musicians. As the director of the LVC jazz band, his band has performed at many Central PA high schools and middle school.
The PMEA Hall of Fame was created in 2009 to recognize music educators who have made a lasting impact on their students, schools, and communities. Their achievements and honors speak to their merit as inductees in the 2015 class for the PMEA Hall of Fame. Meet the richly deserving inductees.
Carl D. Barr, retired, taught in the South Eastern School District for 37 years. At one point or another, Carl taught general music K-8, instrumental music 6-8, and primarily taught choral at Kennard-Dale HS. Carl received the PMEA District 7 Citation of Excellence in 2010, and served as District 7 president from 2010-2012.
“By any metric, Carl Barr’s legacy as a music educator in the South Eastern School District is impressive. It is a legacy that is still felt today and one which will certainly resound for generations. His work earned his students. his employer, and himself personal and group awards and recognition at the highest levels. However, what is his most enduring legacy is reaching EVERY student through music education. Long before including students outside traditional performance ensembles was the latest music education craze, Carl was actually doing it. He inspired every student to make music, and to make music they could be proud of. Carl never forgot the reason he became a music educator, and it was that joy of making music that he sought to stir up in all his students. His effort and enthusiasm toward this end are unparalleled, and it is those qualities that set him apart.”
Carlisle Area HS - Anne Griggs (Clarinet) - Band - Director: Byron Mikesell
Cedar Crest HS - Andrew Dalzon (Bassoon) - Band - Director: Christopher Campbell
Cedar Crest HS - Meredith Fuller (Tuba) - Band - Director: Christopher Campbell
Cedar Crest HS - John Mitchell (French Horn) - Band - Director: Cheryl Kulikowski
Cedar Crest HS - Albert Nazeeri (Violin) - Orchestra - Director: Christopher Campbell
Cocalico HS - Maegan Weinhold (Soprano II) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Kristen E. Diehl
Cumberland Valley HS - Jonathan Burns (Viola) - Orchestra - Director: Jennifer Anderson
Cumberland Valley HS - Graham Cassel (Bass I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Carol J. Anderson
Gettysburg Area HS - Jesse Hsu (Cello) - Orchestra - Director: Krista Kriel
Hempfield HS - Danielle Hope Abrom (Alto II) - Treble - Director: Dr. Alan W. Mudrick
Hempfield HS - Nina de Vitry (Violin) - Orchestra - Director: Elizabeth Lavender
Kennard-Dale HS - Graeme Slonaker (Piano) - Jazz - Director: Matthew Barr
Lancaster Catholic HS - Grace Asuncion (Percussion) - Orchestra - Director: Tony Brill
Lower Dauphin HS - Christopher Brian (Bass) - I Mixed Chorus - Director: Elizabeth M. Colpo
Middletown Area HS - Fabiola Hernandez (Clarinet - Eb Clarinet) - Band - Director: Samuel K. Fisher
Pequea Valley HS - Makayla Cacciola (Soprano II) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Mark L. Williams
Red Lion Area Senior HS - Maddi Brightbill (Viola) - Orchestra - Director: Mary Loyer
Spring Grove Area HS - Sean Dye (Tenor I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Brian Buterbaugh
Susquehannock HS - Anthony Stem (French Horn) - Orchestra - Director: Chris Poole
Susquehannock HS - Kristen Zak (Violin) - Orchestra - Director: Zachary Levi
Trinity HS - Anthony D'Orazio (Violin) - Orchestra - Director: John McCarthy
Warwick HS - Amanda Black (Alto I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - Andres Cedeno (Tenor II) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - Matthew Hehnly (Tenor I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - Erik Homberger (Bass II) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - Corey Kerstetter (Bass I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - David Krak (Tenor I) - Mixed Chorus - Director: Debra A Kline-Smith
Warwick HS - Nathan Owsinski (Viola) - Orchestra - Director: Ann M. Ahlers
PMEA is pleased to announce that Dr. Gerald Huesken, superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, is the recipient of the association’s 2015 Outstanding Superintendent Award. Dr. Huesken will be honored during the Opening General Session during the 2015 PMEA Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center on Thursday, March 26 at 8:45 a.m.
PMEA grants the award annually to chief school administrators who recognize the importance of music and the arts in their school district’s curriculum. Dr. Huesken has served as superintendent of the Conestoga Valley School District since July of 1998. His education includes undergraduate work at Susquehanna University, graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.D from Conestoga Valley School District offers a comprehensive music program, run by a staff of eleven full- time certified music educators. Several of the classroom music teachers are also Orff certified and have utilized Orff instrumentation in their teaching, as well as world drumming and the use of ukuleles. Performing groups and course offerings include instrumental and choral programs (which have experienced growth both in ensembles and classes), jazz band, Orff ensemble, percussion ensemble and a Ukulele club.
Conestoga Valley has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation as one of its “Best Communities for Music Education” for multiple years. The school district also requires its students to complete one music course in order to receive their high school diploma.
The music department has continued to have a generous allocation of funds despite economic strains. “During the economic downturn, starting in 2008, Conestoga Valley was able to maintain the music staff and continue to support the music program financially. Without the leadership and collaboration between superintendent and school board, these types of things do not happen. Many other districts saw programs completely downsized or even cut during this time. Conestoga Valley has flourished with its’ programs growing in terms of students participating. This only happens when a district commits resources to make it happen.” shared Brandon Nase, Conestoga Valley Middle School Instrumental Music.
Colleagues praise their superintendent for his dedication to music and the arts in the school district. “In recent years, Dr. Huesken supported the addition of the guitar program to the high school music curriculum. Additionally, a dedicated room with music technology was added to the high school music department with the most recent renovation project. Thousands of students benefitted from these offerings.” writes nominator Elizabeth Carney, vocal music educator, Conestoga Valley High School.
PMEA is pleased to recognize Dr. Gerald Huesken’s invaluable contributions to and support for the music program in his school district with the 2015 Outstanding Superintendent Award.
PMEA is a service organization to music education in the state of Pennsylvania. The present membership of over 4,200 evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in music industry, merchandising and publishing. PMEA provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for music development to school students. PMEA is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). For more information, please contact Abi Young at firstname.lastname@example.org