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2013 Symposium on Music in Schools

The fourth biennial Symposium on Music in Schools took place June 6-9, 2013 at the Yale School of Music. This Symposium focused on one main theme: The Role of Music in School Reform.

The intensive program included discussions about the history of school reform, the present state of school reform, and the role of partnerships in enhancing the work of public school music programs. The culminating discussion gave the teachers an opportunity to state their points of view about why music is so important to education, and why it should be at the center of any discussion about curricular change and school reform.

Featured presenters included Richard Deasy, retired director of the Arts Education Partnership; Garth Harries, Superintendent of the New Haven Public Schools; Scott C. Shuler, Immediate Past President of NAfME; David Myers, Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music; and Dantes Rameau, co-founder of the Atlanta Music Project. On Friday evening, teachers attended a talk and concert by members of Decoda, a cutting-edge chamber music society founded in 2011 by alumni of The Academy. The closing awards banquet on Saturday evening featured a performance by our own All-City Honors Chorus, and a keynote address given by Anne Midgette, classical music critic for The Washington Post.

With the completion of this Symposium, the School of Music had recognized nearly 200 full-time, certified music teachers from 43 states as Yale Distinguished Music Educators.

2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educators

This year’s Distinguished Music Educators were selected from a pool of nearly 300 nominees from 45 states. The winners represented 32 states, including our first attendees from Kansas and Mississippi.

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Susan Alves - Cumberland, RI


Abigail Alwin - Ann Arbor, MI


Daryl Balseiro - Newville, PA


Dr. Wendy Barden - Maple Grove, MN


Cara Bernard - New York, NY


David Bernard-Stevens - Junction City, KS


Aaron Breeck - Mount Sterling, KY


Elizabeth Brown - McConnelsville, OH


Franklin Casstevens, Jr. - Monroe, NC


Christopher Clark - Sheffield, MA


Priscilla Coleman - Upper Marlboro, MD


Jennifer Collins - Wakefield, RI


Mark Collins, Sr. - Abingdon, VA


Sondra Collins - Ocala, FL


Larysa Dragonetti - Newtown Square, PA


William Earvin - Atlanta, GA


Jerry Estes - Clayton, MO


Krista Fanning - Shreveport, LA


Jason Flaks - Geneva, IL


Leslieann Grant - Wilmington, DE


Ginger Greer - Greenville, SC


Kimberly Grover - Yarmouth, ME


Mark Gurgel - Austin, TX


Elizabeth Hankins - Lakewood, OH


Sarah Jones - Marion, IA


Judith Kramer Koret - New Haven, CT


Amy Lee - Brandon, MS


Christopher Lee - Newtown, CT


Rebecca Levi - Brighton, MA


Eileen Maeda - Santa Ana, CA


Paul Meehan - Bainbridge Island, WA


Brian Mitchell - Longview, WA


Thomas Murphy - Randolph, NJ


Ruben Orengo - Asheville, NC


Kris Parish - Norco, CA


Justin Pourtorkan - Oklahoma City, OK


Paul Rausch - Woodstock, IL


Tracey Redus - Round Rock, TX


Sarah Reese - Pendleton, SC


Sarah Ross - Marana, AZ


Nancie Simmons - Gulfport, MS


Matthew Sisia - Oyster Bay, NY


Steve Stickney - Marion, IA


Patti Stoddard - Hibbing, MN


Michael Swartz - Lincoln, NE


Siema Swartzel - Cleveland, TN


Amanda Tierson - Webster, NY


Brian Timmons - Bergenfield, NJ


Liesl Wietgrefe - Fairbanks, AK


Stephen Zimmerman - Winsted, CT