Acclaimed musical maestro Abby Behr has hit another high note. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has named her the recipient of this year’s Music Educator of Note Award, which will be presented in November at The Space at Westbury when the organization hosts its annual gala.
Behr, who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and a professional degree in educational administration from LIU Post, served as the director of music and art for the East Meadow Public Schools from 2001 until her retirement in 2015. During her tenure, the Nassau school district earned the distinction of being one of only 12 school districts in the nation recognized by the National Association for Music Education for its model music education program. The National Association of Music Merchants also chimed in, naming her district’s program “One of the Best Communities for Music Education in America.”
“I am so honored and humbled by this prestigious honor and recognition,” said Behr. “I have worked with some of the most outstanding musicians, music educators, and former students sharing our passion of music. It is a great source of pride that many of my former students have gone on to be outstanding musicians and music educators.”
Established in 2007 by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, the Music Educator of Note Award is open to any music educator who demonstrates an exceptional and long-term commitment to music education on Long Island, including Queens and Brooklyn. Any colleague, current or former student may nominate an educator for consideration.
For more information on the program, go to www.limusichalloffame.org/education/educator-of-note.