News From Music Education Week: Sunday, June 26

On Sunday of Music Education Week 2011, MENC announced the 2010 class of Lowell Mason Fellows, and exemplary young music musicians performed in the MENC All-National Orchestra, Band and Mixed Choir at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The orchestra performed “Beethoven’s Symphony No. Five,” the Band played “Canzoa” and “Butterflies and Bees,” among other pieces, and the Mixed Chorus finished the program in the Concert Hall with a rollicking version of  “Cindy.”

The U.S. Army Brass Quintet also performed the three winning compositions in the MENC Student Composers Competition at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Victor LaBozzetta of Selden, New York was the elementary/middle school winner for “Time Travel;” high school junior Nathan Lutz of West Chester, Pennsylvania, composed “Horizon;” and the college winner was Zach Ashcraft of Denver, Colorado, for “Hymn for the Forgotten.”

The Research Academy concluded on Sunday, and the Supervisors Academy began. (For a wrap-up of Music Education Week professional development academies visit the MENC News Stand the week of July 4.)

Led by MENC President Scott C. Shuler, MENC’s National Assembly began a two-day meeting on Sunday. The Assembly is made up of state, division and other music education leaders who guide MENC on association programs and policies.

Glenn E. Nierman of Nebraska, North Central Division Immediate Past President, and David Weatherred of Washington, Northwest Division Immediate Past President, spoke to National Assembly members. They are the two candidates for 2012-14 National Presiden-Elect. Voting takes place January to March 2012.

During the Lowell Mason Induction Ceremony, four new fellows were announced for their service to the profession of music education:

  • Lynn Brinckmeyer, former MENC president and director of choral music at Texas State University
  • Florence Henderson, singer and television and Broadway actress
  • L. Scott McCormick, former president and CEO of Music for All
  • George N. Parks (awarded posthumously) professor of music and director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band.

(Photos by Becky Spray)

See news and photos from Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. News and photos from Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 will be posted soon.

Roz Fehr, June 28, 2011 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education