Watertown Daily Times | NYS School Music Association to honor former Carthage teacher

CARTHAGE — Later this year, a former Carthage Central School District music instructor will be honored by the New York State School Music Association.

Daniel L. Mosher will be presented with the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award on Dec. 1 at the Rochester Convention Center during the organization’s winter conference.

According to the organization’s website, the award recognizes a NYSSMA member who exhibits “exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments in the service to NYSSMA toward the advancement of music education in the schools of New York, public or private.”

Criteria include demonstration of “effectiveness in teaching young people through music and who has the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, the school and community in a balanced program.”

Eligible nominees also must demonstrate a concern for music education and recognize the “necessity for continued professional growth.”

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by NYSSMA,” Mr. Mosher said. “I have been involved with NYSSMA for most of my life; starting as a young student in Oswego, learning and playing solos and participating in local and regional music honors ensembles. My involvement continued as a teacher, bringing my own students to solo and music festivals and as an active member of NYSSMA who was able to use my past experiences to give back my time and efforts as a volunteer and, eventually, a leader within the association.”

Mr. Mosher served as the Carthage High School band director from 1994 until his retirement in 2013. In addition, he was the department coordinator after Judy Deforest retired.

Mr. Mosher obtained a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, where he majored in performance and education. He received his master’s degree from Crane School of Music, Potsdam. He began teaching in 1979 at Edwards High School; from 1984 to 1994, he taught at Gouverneur High School, and he began at…

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