Press Release: MENC Announces Tri-M Chapter of the Year Recognition Winners

Award Recipients Demonstrate Diversity, Scope of Tri-M® Program

RESTON, VA (June 2, 2010) — MENC: The National Association for Music Education announces the results of the 2010 Tri-M® Chapter of the Year Recognition. The Tri-M® Music Honor Society rewards exceptional middle and high school music students throughout the world. The Chapter of the Year Recognition was developed specifically to recognize outstanding Tri-M members and chapters. Summer music scholarships are awarded to members of the winning chapter and the two runner-ups in each division. The Senior and Junior Chapter of the Year winners also receive an engraved service plaque.

The Senior Division winner for the 2009-2010 Chapter of the Year is Villa Maria Academy, Tri-M Chapter #1227, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and advised by Joyce Prichard. One of the highlights of the year for their chapter was their second annual organization of a charity called “Reindeer Romp” to benefit the Special Olympics of Delaware County. Close to 70 Villa Maria students helped raised $4000, walking (in the cold) around Villa Maria’s campus. “It was a wonderful experience because you got to sing, get exercise and do service all in one,” says Tri-M member Megan Burst.

The first runner-up in the Senior Division is Great Neck North High School, Tri-M Chapter #2605, located in Great Neck, New York, and advised by Joseph Rutkowski. The second runner-up is Nazareth Academy, Tri-M Chapter #2096, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and advised by Margaret Lafferty.

The Junior Division Chapter of the Year is Lakewood Middle School, Tri-M Chapter #6027, located in Salina, Kansas, advised by Lindsay Ladman. This is a newly formed Jr. Tri-M Chapter. They had their very first Tri-M gathering in October 2009, and held their first Tri-M induction ceremony on December 14th. During the year, they spread some holiday cheer by volunteering to perform at a local nursing home, and were also invited to play for “Music at the Mall” by a local music store. They performed two days over the holiday season for shoppers at the local mall.

The first runner-up is Ranney Middle School, Tri-M Chapter #4410, located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and advised by Lillianne Torrente. The second runner-up is Whitley County Middle School, Tri-M Chapter #3940, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and advised by Glenn Cotterell.

More information about the winning Junior and Senior chapters is available on the MENC News Stand.

Active chapters of the Tri-M Music Honor Society are encouraged to participate in the 2009-2010 Chapter of the Year Summer Music Scholarship Program. More information about Tri-M and its recognition programs is available at

Tri-M currently has approximately 50,000 members in more than 1,700 chartered chapters worldwide. The purpose of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of secondary schools.

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For today’s students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. 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. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.

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