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Marta Partridge is Maxine Swalin 2004 Outstanding Music Educator

Posted: May 13, 2004
The North Carolina Symphony will present the 2004 Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award to Cary resident Marta Findlay-Partridge on June 26, 2004 at the Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary at the Symphony’s Summerfest concert. The award is presented annually to a North Carolina music teacher who serves the community as a role model in music education, instills a love for music in children and inspires students to reach appropriately high musical standards. Marta Findlay-Partridge has been a member of the strings teaching staff of the Wake County Public School System for twenty years. Ms. Findlay-Partridge has been the Associate Conductor of the Triangle Youth Symphony since its inception and was the founder and conductor for nine years of the Raleigh-Triangle String Orchestra, the predecessor of the Triangle Youth Orchestra. She was among the first group of music educators to earn certification in 2002 from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Her educational essay, “Unplanned Lesson Plan: A Teacher’s Perspective on 9/11” was chosen for publication in the newly released Corwin Press publication, Powerful Teaching and Learning: Stories from the Classrooms of Accomplished Teachers. Ms. Partridge recently conducted the All-County Honor Orchestra for Robeson County. She is on the faculty of Meredith College, is a member of the North Carolina Theatre Orchestra, and maintains an active private teaching studio. The award honors Maxine Swalin who together with her husband, Dr. Benjamin Swalin, North Carolina Symphony Music Director and Conductor from 1939-1972, established the children’s concert division of the North Carolina Symphony in 1945. Largely because of the Swalins’ efforts, Senate Bill #248 (also known as “the horn- tootin’ bill”) passed, providing fiscal support by the state for the Symphony’s education program. Fifty- eight years later, the program still brings live symphonic music to children throughout North Carolina. Last year the 2003 Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award was given to Malvin Artley after Mrs. Swalin’s 100th birthday in May.


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