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Music professor inducted into MMEA Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

PratherDr. Belva Worthen Prather, professor of music at Missouri State University, was recently inducted into the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Hall of Fame at the 76th Annual MMEA Conference in Osage Beach, Mo.

The MMEA Hall of Fame began in 1985 and has since recognized Missouri music educators who have built outstanding music programs, made an impact through their teaching, dedicated their careers to developing music students and are devoted to a lifetime of teaching music.

Prather is not only a music professor at Missouri State but also the associate director of bands and the director of the University Wind Ensemble, University Wind Symphony and University Concert Band. She also teaches graduate studies in Advanced Wind Band Conducting and, through her teaching, develops graduate students to teach band at an advanced level.

A native of Mountain Home, Ark., Prather received her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University, her master’s degree from Northwestern University and her doctorate degree from University of Arkansas. She came to Missouri State in 1986 after teaching for 20 years at every grade level in public schools in Arkansas and Illinois.

The Missouri Music Educators Association is a statewide organization that promotes music education in Missouri. Each year, MMEA hosts their annual convention where ensembles of all grade levels perform, music professionals provide educational clinics, and universities and vendors offer exhibits representing their organizations. In addition, the High School All-State ensembles and the Collegiate All-State ensembles perform at the convention.

For more information, contact Prather at (417) 836-5727.


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