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SU Faculty Honored for Excellence in Teaching, Service

June 8, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Each year, Susquehanna University honors two of its faculty members for their teaching excellence and dedicated service to the university. The honorees this year are both from the Department of Music. Associate Professor of Music Patrick Long has received the 2007 John C. Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship, while his colleague, Assistant Professor of Music Kimberly Councill, was awarded the Susquehanna University Teaching Award.

Both awards are determined by open nominations from the faculty and, in the case of the Teaching Award, also from the Student Government Association. Nominations are reviewed by the Faculty Personnel Committee, which, in turn, submits award recommendations to university President L. Jay Lemons for confirmation.

The Horn Lectureship, memorializing John C. Horn who served as chair of the university's board of directors from 1962 to1978, recognizes a faculty member for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The award recipient offers a public lecture during the following academic year.

Long teaches music composition, theory and technology at Susquehanna University. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Syracuse University, and a master’s and doctorate in composition from the Eastman School of Music. An active percussionist and composer, Long specializes in the creation and performance of works that combine electronics processes with live performers.

He has performed solo recitals of this music at various venues throughout the United States. His recordings are featured on numerous CDs, as well as the Internet. In addition, he performs regularly with the Central Pennsylvania-based rock band Faculty Lounge.

Long has completed commissions for diverse artists and ensembles, including marimba soloist Andrew Harnsberger, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, the Timaeus Chamber Ensemble, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Dance Department, the Eastman School of Music, pianist Jennifer Blyth, the Corigliano String Quartet, the Susquehanna University Orchestra, and the Air de Cour Ensemble. His works have been featured at festivals and concert series around the country, including the Memphis State New Music Festival, the New Paltz Music in the Mountains Festival, the Ann Arbor Brave New Works Festival, the Kilbourn Concert Series, and the Washington, D.C., Contemporary Music Forum.

Councill serves as coordinator of the music education program at Susquehanna University, where she teaches courses in elementary and secondary music methods, and introductory music education, and supervises student teachers. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a doctorate from Ohio State University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Susquehanna University, Councill was an adjunct professor of clarinet at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She also taught band, choir and general music in the public schools of North Carolina, and taught private and group music lessons at The Ohio State School for the Blind.

In addition to her work at Susquehanna, Councill serves as a volunteer music teacher for the kindergarten students in the Selinsgrove Public Schools, a musical outreach project that enables first-year music education majors to gain real-world teaching experience early in their college career. Her research, which focuses on music teacher recruitment and retention, has been presented at numerous professional conferences throughout the country and published in the International Journal of Music Education and Contributions to Music Education.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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