EKU Big Winner at KMEA Conference
Eastern Kentucky University was a big winner at the recent Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference.
The University’s Foster Music Camps, the second longest-running such event in the nation, received the President’s Award. Earlier, the Foster Camps had received the District 11“Friend of Music” award, given in recognition of individuals, organizations or corporations whose activities have demonstrated outstanding support for music education. “The evidence submitted for Foster Camps was so compelling that the KMEA Awards Committee felt that recognition by way of the President’s Award was in order,” said KMEA Executive Director John Stroube,
The Foster Camps will mark their 78th anniversary this summer.
Also, Ben Walker, who for the past several years has served as director for the Foster Music Camps and is the band director at B. Michael Caudill Middle School in Richmond, received a (District 11) Citation for Service in recognition of “several years of skillfully managing the work crew at the annual KMEA conference.
“This job requires leadership, effective communication, organization, a mature perspective on the mission of the conference, patience and physical endurance,” Stroube said. “Ben had demonstrated these characteristics consistently, and he has applied these same skills for the past several years as the director of the Foster Music Camps, deepening and broadening his service to the profession.”
Also receiving a Citation for Service (District 8) was Terry Thompson, an EKU graduate who has taught in Carroll County, Greenup County and Ashland over the course of his career.