Hofstra’s Peter Boonshaft is Recipient of 2011 George N. Parks Award from the National Association for Music Education and Music for All

Peter Boonshaft

Peter Boonshaft

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Peter Boonshaft, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, is the recipient of the 2011 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. He will receive the award at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Developed by NAfME and Music for All, the award is named for George N. Parks (1953–2010), director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 until his death. Considered a national authority on drum majoring, he led the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, a summer workshop program for high school drum majors.

“The George N. Parks Award honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks showed his students every day,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director of NAfME. “The recipient must have a collaborative spirit, dedication to knowing the students as people, perseverance and enthusiasm, and an ability to instill qualities in students beyond the musical. We are greatly pleased to present Peter Boonshaft with this year’s honor.”

A member of NAfME and the New York State School Music Association, and considered one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. He holds Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Music Education in Conducting, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and Director of the graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boonshaft was on the faculty of Moravian College and the University of Hartford. He was Founder and Music Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Honors Concert Band and the Connecticut Valley Youth Wind Ensemble. In addition, he held the post of Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston. He is the author of numerous books and articles on music education, active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker for conferences, festivals, concerts and workshops nationally and internationally, and the recipient of numerous honors in the music education field.

For more information, visit www.nafme.org.

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