2017 Changes in MSBOA District VI

Coming soon!

A new year begins a new chapter for MSBOA members
Congratulations and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Joel Baker and Jessica Winner!

Tied the knot:
Congratulations to Jennifer and Mark Hollandsworth!
Congratulations to Tianna and Joshua Christian!
Congratulations to Samantha and Ryan Kasperski!

Congratulations to Sharon O’Brien!
Congratulations to Tom Crowner!

New to MSBOA District VI:
Welcome to Buchanan, Mark Hollandsworth!
Welcome to Cassopolis, Adam Noaeill!
Welcome to Berrien Springs, Kelly Rosselit!

Leaving District VI:
Farewell and best wishes to Ariana Martin Napper on your move to Indianapolis, IN!
Farewell and best wishes to Andrew Raven!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
DeVos Hall – Michigan Music Conference

It is with great excitement and pride that we are able to annouce that Lori Von Koenig, Director of Bands at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI, has been selected as one of the three finalists for MSBOA Teacher of the Year for band.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 24, 2015 during the Michigan Music Conference.  

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Andrews University – Howard Performing Arts Center

It is time to register for the Southwest Michigan Middle School Honors Band at Andrews University. After taking suggestions last year, many new and exciting changes have taken place and we hope this will be the very best year! All the information for Honors Band is at! Please visit this website, browse around, download the documents you need, print them, and share with students! The only thing you will need to mail is your payment of $30 per student to Sarah Bopp. Online registration is open now through January 24.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bopp.

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NEW! Grammy for Music Educators
Congratulations Kent Knappenberger
New York: Westfield Academy and Central School

What a tremendous milestone in music education.  Thank you to the Grammy Foundation for creating such a honorable award.  Keep an eye out for those Grammy nomination forms and help honor an outstanding educator that has inspired you!

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SBO MAGAZINE: 50 Directors Who Make A Difference
Michigan: Lori Von Koenig

Lori Von Koenig
Lakeshore High School
Years at Current School: 26
Total Years Teaching: 28
Instrumental Music Students: 500

Proudest moment as an educator: My proudest moment as an educator was when I watched a very special young man, who was a member of our band, march in his first competitive show in ninth grade with confidence, precision, and pride. He had been a member of our band since the fifth grade, he was autistic and had just completed a huge milestone in his life through this one “first performance.” He went on to achieve many more milestones for the next four years!

Key to a successful career in music ed: I think the key to being successful as a music educator is to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues and mentors in our field and always be willing to learn something new. I also think that successful educators learn to have a sense of humor and joy in what they do!

Making a difference in students’ lives: Making a difference in students’ lives requires a heart commitment as well as a time commitment. There are no shortcuts. You care more than you should, you invest more than is necessary, you risk more than is wise, and you love them for who they are – not what they do!

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January 16-18, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Michigan Music Conference is to provide relevant professional development and vibrant musical experiences that support music education for educators and their students.

A unique component of the Michigan Music Conference is the Technology Pre-Conference. For 2014 an Instructional Technology Pre-Conference has been developed with a dynamic offering of practical and hands-on sessions from leading music educators at all levels of instruction: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College. Attendees are encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and your real-world questions for instant answers and creative networking solutions.

Thursday sessions will be 1.45 long offering a robust & detailed hands-on opportunity providing professional development to aid teachers in engaging student learning, improve communication in and out of the classroom, and help provide strategies for creating data points which reflect meaningful learning in the large group music classroom.

Additional and unique components of the Michigan Music Conference are the Thursday Pre-Conference events featuring the Conducting Symposium, Suzuki Teaching Training, MMEA Elementary General Music Workshop, MASTA/MSBOA Teacher Orchestra, and the Research Symposium. We know everyone can find something of interest in these extra, in-depth workshops.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who were selected to participate in the All-State ensembles:

H.S. All State Orchestra
Fangbo Yuan
      St. Joseph
Erik Rumsa          St. Joseph
Abby Soloman      St. Joseph 
Chris Pow             St. Joseph
Jon Barnes           St. Joseph
Edward Nieh         St. Joseph
Ryan MacDonald   St. Joseph
Jooyen Yang          St. Joseph
M.S. All State String Orchestra
Matthew Tan          Lake Michigan Catholic
M.S. All State Band
Michaela Staffin    Lakeshore

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