Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2007

CONTACT: Dr. Jay Dunnahoo at 830-896-5636 or
Joseph Benham, Writer for the Symphony of the Hills

Symphony of the Hills Conductor Wins National Award

Dr. Jay Dunnahoo

Symphony of the Hills Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Jay Dunnahoo has been honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award of the National Federation of State High School Assns.

Before moving to Kerrville and developing the community orchestra into the Symphony of the Hills, Dr. Dunnahoo had a long career in public school music education, including Director of Music Education in the 40,000-student Pasadena Independent School District. He also taught in San Angelo and Austin schools and San Jacinto College, and played in the San Angelo Symphony as well as in bands accompanying the Ice Capades and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

He continues to help students as a teacher and as Executive Secretary of the Texas Music Adjudicators Assn., a 1,000-member body of music competition judges affiliated with the state Music Educators Assn.

Dr. Dunnahoo received the national award -- the only one given to a Texas educator -- from Richard Floyd, Director of Music Activities of the University Interscholastic League, at the state convention of the TMEA in San Antonio. The citation says that the award is given "in grateful appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic music programs".

He is a veteran of Army service, holds three university degrees including a doctorate from the University of Houston, and has been active in other areas here as a music instructor at Schreiner University; conductor of the Hill Country Youth Orchestras; elder, violinist, chancel choir member and substitute choir director in the First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville; substitute choir conductor at the Kerrville First United Methodist Church, and in activities of the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club. He and his wife Jodie have four children and eight grandchildren.

The 75-member Symphony of the Hills, based at Schreiner University in Kerrville, includes professional musicians from throughout the Hill Country plus the Austin and San Antonio areas and faculty and advanced music students from Schreiner.

Its next performances will be on March 1, with a 1 p.m., invitation-only free concert for students from area elementary schools, and a 7:30 p.m. subscription concert. Both events will be in the Cailloux Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kerrville.

Further information on the Symphony is available on the Internet at or from the orchestra offices at 830-792-7469.

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