Press Release: MENC Announces 2007 Lowell Mason Fellows

MENC: The National Association for Music Education Announces the 2007 Lowell Mason Fellows

Distinguished Individuals are Recipients of Prestigious Honor Named for Founder of American Music Education

RESTON, VA (April 21, 2008) — MENC: The National Association for Music Education announced the individuals designated Lowell Mason Fellows for 2007. This honor, named after Lowell Mason (1792-1872), who is credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools and establishing teacher training in music education, is bestowed upon outstanding music educators or advocates. The 2007 Fellows were formally recognized in a ceremony at MENC’s 61st National Biennial In-Service Conference in Milwaukee, WI, on April 9, 2008. They are:

CHARLES BENNER, MENC Past President; OMEA Past President; designated by Ohio Music Education Association.
DAVID CIRCLE, MENC Past President; Performing Arts Coordinating Teacher, Blue Valley School District (KS); designated by the MENC National Executive Board.
WILLIAM S. MARSDEN, President and CEO, DeMoulin Bros.; designated by Steven Trull, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, DeMoulin Bros.
EDGAR Q. ROOKER, Retired Band Director, Past President of the American School Band Directors Association; designated by NCMEA Band Section.
JOHN M. STONER JR., President and CEO of Conn-Selmer, Inc.; designated by Tim Lautzenheiser.
STEVEN G. TRULL, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, DeMoulin Bros.; designated by Bob Buckner, Western Carolina University.
DAVEY YARBOROUGH, Entertainer and Educator; designated by Tom Lee, American Federation of Musicians.

Lowell Mason Fellows are individuals who have furthered MENC: The National Association for Music Education’s mission of ensuring accessibility to music education for all. Music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, and key decision makers are eligible for designation. The names of the Fellows are permanently displayed at MENC headquarters in Reston, VA.

“This honor and recognition is one of the highest awards MENC can bestow on individuals who have made significant contributions to music education in our nation,” said Lynn Brinckmeyer, president of MENC. “Their names may not be well known outside the world of music education but their dedication to and accomplishments in music have benefited thousands of students.”

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.