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Awards Reception and Presentation

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Feb 15th at 5:15 PM until 6:15 PM




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Join us for appetizers while we present awards for Educator of the Year to Karen Kruse, Madison Elementary; Wayne Ivers, Marshall High School; Hall of Fame to Catherine Schmidt, Winona State University; Past President Eric Anderson.

Catherine (Cathy) Schmidt has been a music educator for 43 years, teaching in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds certificates in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály. Cathy and her husband Greg reside in Winona, MN and have two adult children, David and Jennifer.

Cathy has been active in professional and state music education organizations throughout her career as well as an active clinician, presenting music education workshops throughout the region. She is a strong proponent of professional development as well as maintained a focus on the importance of multicultural music education.

Wayne Ivers is currently the Director of Bands at Marshall High School. He has been employed at Marshall High School since 1983. Wayne has judged Concert Band, Solos, Ensembles, Jazz Bands, and Marching Bands throughout Minnesota and South Dakota over the past forty years.

During his tenure at Marshall, the band program experienced great growth. Wayne has also served on several state/local boards and committees as well as being President and Chief Negotiator of the Clara City Education Assoc. and the Marshall Education Association Chief Negotiator since 1998 and one of the founders of the Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Competition.

Karen Kruse, for 42 years (since 1977), has been a full-time employee as an elementary classroom music teacher in the St. Cloud Area Schools – District #742 at Madison Elementary School. Graduating from New Prague High School in 1973, Karen chose to pursue her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. She achieved her Master's Degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota and her MA+60 from the University of St. Thomas.

Karen is the leader of several committees and organizations for Madison School and operates a private piano studio of 60-70 students per year. Karen's mantra in life is, “Keep a song in your heart!”