Deborah A. Shofner

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Instrument: tuba
Joined In: 2000

 I am currently a retired music educator and taught in the Illinois public schools for 34 years.  I received my undergraduate degree in music education from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and graduate degree in conducting from NIU in 1992.  I studied conducting with Mr. Stephen Squires and Dr. Elwood Smith and studied tuba with Robert Bauchens, retired from the Lyric Opera and Charles Schuchaut, Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  I am currently an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for Illinois State University, serving as a student teacher supervisor for future music educators. 

Over the years my middle school bands earned many honors, including performances at the Adjudicators National Invitation Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Also,  IMEA All-State/MENC North Central Convention, the American School Band Directors Association National Convention and the IMEA State  Conference.

I have performed with the KSO for over 20 years. During this time I have had the opportunity to play many major orchestral works by Berlioz, Mahler, Stravinsky and many more great tuba parts!

Other performance ensembles include principal tubist of the DeKalb Municipal Band for 42 years, DeKalb Brass Quintet, A Wing and A Prayer Dixieland Band and co-conductor of the Kishwaukee Concert Band in DeKalb.

I served the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) in many capacities during my career, most recently serving as the ILMEA State President.  I am  currently the District 9 Chairperson for the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA).

I have been honored as a recipient of the “Outstanding Chicagoland Music Educator Award”, listed multiple times in the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and most recently received the “Marquis Who’s Who” award.