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So. Seneca Teacher Nominated for RPO Award

South Seneca Elementary Instrumental/Band Music Teacher, Becky Davis has been nominated for the Rochester Philharmonic Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators! The Rochester Philharmonic Musicians’ Awards for Outstanding Music Educators honor music educators in public and private schools from the city of Rochester and the nine-county surrounding areas. Each April, five area educators are honored in the categories of classroom music teachers, band and orchestra directors, choral directors and a special award. Becky Davis is in her sixth year at South Seneca Elementary and her many accomplishments include an annual ‘Coffee House’ with local talent and refreshments, that raises over $2,000 each year to purchase instruments so that each student has an instrument to borrow. The highlight of her career at South Seneca so far was the four-day 4th, 5th and 6th grade marching band trip to Holland, Michigan in May of 2006 to play in the Holland Tulip Time Kinder Parade. Other accomplishments include many master classes, marching band area parade performances, jazz band and a recent Veteran’s Day Community Assembly. Becky has applied for and received many grants for programs to enhance her students’ music education including the Target Field Trip Grant, Ujeni Grant, Wal-Mart Foundation and the Seneca County Youth Bureau. Becky started her playing career at age nineteen as the third french horn player in the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Four years later, she became the first female principal (first chair) horn player in any US symphony orchestra when she accepted that position in the New Orelans Philharminic. After five years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and 23 years with the RPO, Becky found her niche at South Seneca. While she played with the Philharmonic orchestras, she also taught at many colleges and universities : Xavier University, Columbus College, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Houghton College and Eastman School of Music. Becky states, “there are plenty of great music teachers in the area who deserve it much more than I do. It is really an honor to think my students and their parents might think I am worthy of this honor though.” Good luck, Becky!

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