2017 Lowell Mason Fellows

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2017 Lowell Mason Fellows

Roger Hall became the first executive director of the Ohio Music Education Association in 2004, following 12 years as the chief financial officer of the association. He concurrently serves as the executive director of the Ohio Foundation for Music Education. From 2006 to 2008 he served the National Association for Music Education as the chair of the national Council of Executive Directors.

During his 26-year tenure with OMEA, he guided the association through a transition from a completely volunteer organization to a staff-supported model with seven employees. During this period, the net assets increased over 1000 percent and the development of programs and services enabled the association to operate as a 90 percent earned-income business model.

His teaching career spanned 30 years and he served as Director of Bands and Supervisor of Music at Perry High School in Massillon, Director of Bands at GlenOak High School in North Canton and Director of Bands at Lincoln High School in Canton. Mr. Hall served as an adjunct member of the faculties at Malone University and The University of Akron.

His bands performed at the Midwest Clinic, The National School Board Convention in San Francisco, and the American School Band Directors Association National Band Competitions. The GlenOak Band placed 5th overall in this competition in 1986.  Additional performances included the Bowling Green State University New Music Clinic, The Ohio State University Conducting Clinic and the Ohio Band Director’s Conference at the University of Akron.  Mr. Hall’s bands performed at NAfME Division Conferences throughout the Midwest and for the Ohio Music Education Association Conference eight times.

Mr. Hall is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University School of Music, the College Alumni Award from the Bowling Green State University School of Music, the Ohio Music Education Association Distinguished Service Award and is a member the Ohio Band Directors Hall of Fame.

Mr. Hall served as the music and consulting editor for SMS Publications of Evanston, Illinois from 1988 to 1990. He conceptualized the issue plans, wrote all reviews and authored one article per issue for two magazines: MUSIC PERFORMANCE RESOURCES & YOUR FUTURE IN MUSIC.

Roger Hall is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Master of Music Degree in Conducting and The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. His principal teachers were Mark S. Kelly, Dr. Donald McGinnis and  Jack Evans.

Mr. Hall resides in Massillon with his wife Jennie.  He has two children, Jodee and Stacie, and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Kaitlynn.


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