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WKU music faculty members, alumni honored by KMEA

Two WKU music faculty members and two WKU alumni were honored Feb. 10 at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association conference in Louisville.

Dr. Gary Schallert

Dr. Gary Schallert

Dr. Gary Schallert, Director of Bands and Professor of Music, received the University Teacher of the Year award. Dr. Schallert also conducts the WKU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education.

Dr. Robyn Swanson

Dr. Robyn Swanson

Dr. Robyn Swanson, Distinguished Professor of Music Education, was honored with the KMEA Citation for Service. Dr. Swanson, who was recognized for more than 40 years of service to the profession, serves as Coordinator of Music Education and Graduate Music Program Advisor at WKU.

Bo Matthews, superintendent of Barren County Schools, received the Administrator of the Year award. Matthews received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Rank I from WKU.

Greg Lyons, owner of Royal Music in Bowling Green, received the KMEA Friend of Music award. Lyons received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WKU.

Jeff “Smitty” Smith, Van Meter Hall’s technical director/AV coordinator for Campus and Community Events, was recognized by KMEA Third District with a Friend of Music award for his work managing events at WKU and in the community.

Members of the Department of Music, WKU students and alumni participated in sessions and other events at the KMEA conference Feb. 8-11.

“Music Education continues to be highly valued across the state and certainly here at WKU,” said Dr. Scott Harris, head of the Department of Music. “I cannot be prouder of the lifelong commitment to music and the arts that is constantly demonstrated by our students, faculty, alumni and community friends.”

Contact: Scott Harris, (270) 745-3751

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