3 UMM Music Students receive Professional Achievement Award of the Music Educators' National Association
This summer, Donovan Hanson from Ada, MN, Matthew Torgerson from Clinton, MN, and Alexandra Weber from Milbank, SD, all UMM music students, were honored by the Music Educatorsí National Organization (MENC) with their prestigious Professional Achievement Award. All three students have been strongly involved in the leadership of the UMM chapter of this important professional organization, as its President, Vice President and Secretary. Their achievements include (among many others) the organization and leadership of field trips to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and to the Minnesota Music Educatorsí Associationís Midwinter Clinic in Minneapolis, as well as the inauguration of a new presentation series on the UMM campus. MENC would like to distinguish these three outstanding members for exemplary chapter activities and member achievements, serving as role models for other Collegiate chapters, and recognizing their contributions to the music education profession.
MENC, 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 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. 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
The purpose of the MENC Professional Achievement recognition is to distinguish individual Collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to MENC and music education. This recognition is given to Collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner. In addition, current and prior enrollment in an active MENC Collegiate chapter for at least two years and an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) are among the required criteria. The President, and Collegiate chairperson of the Minnesota Music Educatorsí Association (MMEA) have been informed of our recipients for possible statewide recognition.