Dr. Elizabeth Peterson Becomes Member of American Bandmasters Association


Contributed by Kim Dunnick

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, Professor of music education and conductor of the Symphonic Band at Ithaca College, was just honored with membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.  Invitation to membership is extended to only a few conductors annually, and follows a rigorous vetting process.  It is considered a pinnacle achievement in the world of wind bands.

"The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929, with John Philip Sousa as Honorary Life President, recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of Concert Band conductors and composers. The current membership (invitational) comprises approximately 300 band conductors and composers in the USA and Canada, and 80 Associate Members (music businesses and corporations that provide significant services to bands and to the publication of band music.)"

Dr. Peterson joins current Ithaca College faculty Steve Peterson, Mark Fonder, and Dana Wilson as ABA members. Ithaca College now has the distinction of having more active ABA members than any other institution in the eighty-four year history of the organization.