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Susan Weber honored by Long Island Music Hall of Fame

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Susan Weber, an East Meadow resident, is being honored as the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2019 Music Educator of Note Award.

The Music Educator of Note Award celebrates outstanding achievement in music education on Long Island. Each year since the award’s inception in 2007, the recipient of the Music Educator of Note Award has been an individual who has gone above and beyond in working with children in public, private or regional programs.

"The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is proud to recognize the distinguished career of music educator, Susan Weber," said LIMHOF Education Chairman, Tom Needham. "She is a life-long educator who has touched the lives of thousands of musicians through her work."

Weber has had a diverse career dedicated to music. Her work and legacy can be seen in the classroom, through performance and via an administrative lens. She was raised in Roslyn and went through the Herricks School District.

She then taught orchestra for 32 years in the Uniondale School District and has been the Music Director for the Herricks Players for over thirty-five years. She is a violist, and violinist and has performed in orchestras and conducted numerous theatrical productions throughout her career. She has guest conducted for school music festivals in across Long Island.

Weber is a past president of the New York State School Music Association and is a past president and current executive board member of the Nassau Music Educators Association and Long Island String Festival Association. A hands-on administrator, Weber has been volunteer stage manager at the All-County performances at the Tilles Center for the past 15 years.

Weber teaches conducting and string methods, preparing student music teachers at Adelphi University. She is also the Musical Director and Conductor of the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra where she challenges adults to perform at their highest level. She is a member of The Long Island Scholar Artist Educator Committee, which recognizes high school seniors who excel in both arts and academics. And she hosts, schedules and adjudicates many of Long Island's NYSSMA Festivals.

Weber is also the Executive Director of the Balanced Mind Conference, a yearly conference providing professional development for approximately 750 arts educators and currently resides in East Meadow, NY.

"[Weber] has been the spokesperson for the Long Island String Festival Association for as long as I can remember,” said Executive Director of NYSSMA Steven Schopp. “Currently, she is the Executive Director for the Balanced Mind Conference. As a music educator Susan Weber has a high degree of fame on Long Island — she is everywhere, always the advocate, always the helper, always the leader and always involved in good for Long Island students and teachers."

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame's mission is to celebrate the rich music heritage of Long Island and support music education for future generations. Along with honoring outstanding educators, and acknowledging High Schools of excellence, LIMHOF has awarded thousands of dollars in music scholarships to graduating students who have shown an interest in pursuing a music career.

—Brian Stieglitz