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Ms. Karen A. Atherton

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Band Director

Local Address:  South Deerfield , Massachusetts , United States
Frontier Regional School
 
Background

Employment History

  • Arts Department Chair
    Frontier Regional School
  • Chairperson
    Massachusetts Music Educators Association
  • Tour Manager
    United States Youth Ensembles
  • Conductor
    Smith College Wind Ensemble
  • Chairperson
    Massachusetts Western District Music Educators Association
  • Manager
    Tour

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • bachelor's degree , music
7 Total References
Web References
Musicians return to honor longtime ...
www.gazettenet.com, 15 May 2015 [cached]
Musicians return to honor longtime Frontier Regional band director Karen Atherton at final spring concert Frontier Regional High School senior Gabrielle Warren hugs band director Karen Atherton after thanking her for 28 years of being "Momma A" on Thursday night following Atherton's final performance. Recorder/Micky Bedell
Frontier Regional High School senior Gabrielle Warren hugs band director Karen Atherton after thanking her for 28 years of being "Momma A" on Thursday night following Atherton's final performance. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints >
Karen Atherton conducts her final show after 28 years as Frontier Regional School's band director on Thursday night. Recorder/Micky Bedell
Karen Atherton conducts her final show after 28 years as Frontier Regional School's band director on Thursday night. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints >
Karen Atherton conducts her final show after 28 years as Frontier Regional School's band director on Thursday night. Recorder/Micky Bedell Frontier Regional High School senior Gabrielle Warren hugs band director Karen Atherton after thanking her for 28 years of being "Momma A" on Thursday night following Atherton's final performance. Recorder/Micky Bedell
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SOUTH DEERFIELD - In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that's what Thursday night's spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for longtime band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after 28 years with the school.
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Gabrielle Warren, a senior who has had Atherton as a band teacher since seventh grade, helped plan the send-off surprise by inviting the alumni and secretly copying old pictures from Atherton's office to use in the slide show, which was shown in the cafeteria during an after-concert reception.
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Warren said Atherton has routinely gone above and beyond the call of duty, coming in to school early in the morning and offering free music lessons both during and after the school day.
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Autumn May, a clarinet player from the class of 1998, said Atherton served as her inspiration to pursue a bachelor's degree in music.
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It wasn't just students who heard from Atherton about the value of music and the arts.
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Modestow said Atherton went beyond just teaching music to create a community within her classroom and defend the arts and music programs before the administration.
Karen Atherton teaches ...
www.longmeadowcms.org, 9 Nov 2012 [cached]
Karen Atherton teaches instrumental music and serves as Arts Department Chair at Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield (MA). She is a Visiting Lecturer in Music Education at Westfield State University and has served on the faculty of Springfield Technical Community College. She was the conductor of the Smith College Wind Ensemble for three years. She was the 2008 Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award winner and was the first recipient of the Frontier Parent Group Teacher Excellence Award. She also received the 2005 Lowell Mason Award and the MMEA-WD Outstanding Educator Award. Karen was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange with Lincolnshire England for the 2006-2007 school year. She has served as Chairperson of MMEA - Western District and currently serves on the Executive Boards of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and the Quabbin Valley Music Educators Association. She served as the Tour Manager for the United States Youth Ensembles European Concert Tour for more than a decade. Karen has been guest conductor for Vermont District VI Junior and Senior High Concert Bands, Amherst Community Band and Orange Community Band. She plays trumpet with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Clarion Brass Quintet, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, Western Mass. Wind Symphony as well as numerous free-lance engagements throughout New England. She, and her husband, Tim, performed throughout Australia with the Danbury Brass Band in August 2004.
MMEA
www.mmeaonline.org, 13 April 2011 [cached]
Karen Atherton ktatherton@verizon.net
United States Youth Ensembles
www.usyouthensembles.com, 28 Aug 2003 [cached]
Karen Atherton, Tour Manager.Karen Atherton is currently the director of bands at Frontier Regional Jr.-Sr.High School in South Deerfield, MA and director of the Smith College Wind Ensemble in Northampton, MA.A graduate of the University of Massachusetts she has just completed a 2-year tenure as the chairperson of the Massachusetts Western District Music Educators Association.Ms. Atherton's bands consistently receive gold-medal ratings at the Great East Music Festivals and most recently her high school band commissioned a work by composer John Frantzen, which was premiered at the new Frontier Music Facility in November of 1999.
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In 1997 Ms. Atherton received the Frontier Parent-Teacher Group Teacher Excellence Award and in 2000 received the Western District Music Educator of the Year award.As a free-lance trumpet player Karen keeps busy with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra and the Clarion Brass Quintet.
The United States Youth Ensembles - 2010 European Concert Tour
www.usye.org, 7 May 2011 [cached]
Karen A. Atherton, Tour Manager
212 Thompson St • Palmer, MA. • 01069 • (800) 576-3423
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