The Lowell Mason Class of 2008 poses with MENC President Barbara L. Geer (far right)
During MENC’s Music Education Week in Washington in June, the 2008 Lowell Mason Fellows were honored at a ceremony. The class of 2008 Fellows are:
- Dan Acheson, executive director and CEO of Drum Corps International, Inc.
- Tom Batiuk, creator of the celebrated comic strip Funky Winkerbean
- Joel Biggs, president and CEO of FAME Events, the American Musical Salute, and Forte Festivals
- Larry Blocher, professor of music and director of the school of music at Troy (Alabama) University
- Sandra Dackow, music director of the Hershey (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania
- Nancy Ditmer, director of bands and professor of music education at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
- Michael G. George, a music educator and administrator who helped found the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music
- Samuel Hope, executive director of the National Association of Schools of Music
- Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and chief executive officer of Gibson Guitar Corporation and founder of the Gibson Foundation
- Barbara Payne McLain, associate professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and pioneer in online learning
For biographies of the 2008 Fellows, visit Lowell Mason Fellows Class of 2008.
It is not too early to begin thinking of 2009 Lowell Mason Fellow designations. The designators support the efforts of MENC by making a donation in the Fellow’s name. The $1,000 contribution that accompanies each designation goes to MENC’s Fund for the Advancement of Music Education.
Individuals or groups may fund Fellow designations. The deadline is December 31, 2009. For more information, contact Susan Lambert or call 800-336-3768.
—Roz Fehr, June 24, 2009 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education