FL music teacher earns presidential honor

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Forest Lake Area High School instrumental music teacher Barry Zumwalde, who directs the symphonic winds, concert band, jazz ensemble, pit orchestra and pep band, was recently chosen as the next president of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. zumwalde

“Throughout my career, all the people I have looked up to or have had as musical role models have served in some capacity on this board,” Zumwalde said. “So to find myself not only nominated, but actually elected is a very great honor.”

Zumwalde holds a master of arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of music degree in music education and trombone performance from the University of Minnesota.

Zumwalde is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” “Who’s Who In American Education” and “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders.” He served on the Minnesota State High School League region 7AA committee as music representative, was selected as a Class Nobel Educator of Distinction from The National Society of High School Scholars and was a finalist for the Wartburg College Outstanding High School Teacher Award.

Currently, he is a member of Music Educators National Conference, has served on the board for the Minnesota Music Educators Association as jazz education chair and the Minnesota Band Directors Association as membership chair and past president. Over the past several years, he has presented clinics at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State Mankato, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Zumwalde’s new position with the MMEA will see him spend two years as president-elect, two years and president, and two years as past president. Before accepting the position, he thought long and hard about how a six-year commitment would fit into his life.

“I am a full-time high school teacher, and often that in itself is all consuming,” he said. “Also, I’m married and we have small children, and so I needed to make sure that all of this would work. Ultimately, I talked to my wife, and we decided that this was an honor I couldn’t refuse.”

In the first two years as the president-elect, Zumwalde will serve as chair for the annual Midwinter Clinic held in February.

“It is a three-day event full of performing groups and teachers putting on clinics,” he said. “It is going to a be a lot of work to coordinate all of it, but I look forward to the challenge, and I am confident I can do the job well.”

The following two years, Zumwalde will serve as the president of the MMEA and will run board meetings and communicate on behalf of as well as represent the organization.

“I have been a part of the MMEA in other capacities in the past, but to be able to serve as president and actually be the face of the organization is something I am humbled to be chosen to do,” Zumwalde said.

In his final two years, Zumwalde will take on the role as past president, which involves being the treasurer of the MMEA and soliciting for new board candidates.

“The fact that I was nominated tells me that others have confidence in the fact that I will do a good job in this position, and that makes me feel a bit more comfortable in taking this on,” he said. “I look forward to getting to work.”

Zumwalde will officially begin his term in May.FL music teacher earns presidential honor