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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

    Jan. 21, 2016

    Music faculty member receives prestigious music education honor

    John Bell

    John Bell

    John Bell, director of bands and orchestra and artist-in-residence at Northwest Missouri State University, will be awarded the 2016 Collegiate Educator Award, presented by the Missouri Chapter of the American String Association (MO-ASTA), Jan 28 at the 2016 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.

    Bell was selected through an open nomination process of MO-ASTA members with at least five years of teaching experience in Missouri. Recipients also must have taught and exhibited exemplary work at the collegiate level.

    “In his time at Northwest, John has done excellent work as director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and teaching our string methods, conducting and music education courses,” said Dr. William Richardson, professor of music and assistant chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “He is a fine conductor, rehearsal technician, musician, mentor and colleague, and I know that he appreciates the hard work of our orchestra students and the music faculty – particularly Mr. Monty Carter and Dr. Ernest Kramer – who contribute to the success of the Symphony Orchestra. We are very proud of Mr. Bell and his contribution to strings and music education at Northwest.”

    Bell joined the Northwest faculty in 2013. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra at Northwest, his duties include teaching instrumental conducting, advanced instrumental conducting and string methods. He also supervises instrumental music education student teachers, and is a co-director of the Northwest Summer Music Camp.

    Prior to his appointment at Northwest, Bell taught instrumental music in Missouri public schools for 30 years. Ensembles under his direction received consistent superior ratings at regional and national music festivals, and were invited to perform at state, national and European conferences, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

    Bell is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Legion of Honor. He also is a recipient of the Park Hill School District Teacher of the Year award, the University of Central Missouri Department of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Charles Emmons Outstanding Band Director Award from the Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

    In addition to MO-ASTA, his other professional memberships and affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Missouri Music Educators Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, National Band Association, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468