NKU's Brant Karrick honored by Kentucky Music Educators Association

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Tuesday – Jan. 8, 2013

NKU's Brant Karrick Honored by
Kentucky Music Educators Association

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University music professor Dr. Brant Karrick has been named the College-University Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He is the fourth member of the NKU music faculty to receive the honor.

The award is given annually to one professor among all Kentucky colleges and universities who has shown excellence in his or her profession as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate music students. Dr. Karrick will be introduced at the KMEA Professional Development Conference Feb. 8 in Louisville.

“It is a very special honor for me to be recognized by my peers and fellow music educators in the state of Kentucky, and to help bring positive attention to NKU,” Dr. Karrick said. “There are many deserving faculty in the Department of Music and none of us could win an award such as this without the support of our colleagues. I am particularly grateful to Raquel Rodriquez and Randy Pennington for nominating me for the award.”

Dr. Karrick joined the NKU faculty in 2003 as director of bands. His prior teaching experience includes nine years at the University of Toledo and seven years of public school teaching in Kentucky. At NKU, he oversees the entire band program including the symphonic winds, the concert band and the Norse pep band. He also teaches classes in conducting, music education and marching band techniques, while also assisting with student teacher supervision.

In addition to his responsibilities at NKU, Dr. Karrick is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, composer and music arranger. His band compositions have been performed around the country, in Europe and in Australia.

He began his service as a public school teacher in 1984 at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell. In 1985 he returned to his alma mater, Bowling Green (Ky.) High School, as director of instrumental music. His concert bands received superior ratings at regional and state concert festivals every year of his five year tenure there and in 1988 his marching band was named Class AA State Champion.

Dr. Karrick has a Ph.D. in music education from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts in education from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville. His professional affiliations include: Music Educators National Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, ASCAP, the National Band Association and the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Karrick is the fourth member of the NKU music faculty to receive this honor, joining Jon Gresham, Randy Pennington and David Dunevant.

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