DPS teacher named MSBOA Orchestra Teacher of the Year

Willie McAllister Jr., orchestra teacher at Renaissance High School, was recently elected Orchestra Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA).

The award is given to teachers based on nominations by their peers from around the state. The recipient is nominated through a process within the 16 individual MSBOA districts, and the names are then whittled down to three nominees. McAllister was announced as the winner at the Michigan Music Conference last month.

For the past 28 years, McAllister has tirelessly taught DPS students the joy and art of music. McAllister has received numerous awards and much recognition for his work over the years. Under his direction, his bands and orchestra’s have traveled the world showcasing the talent within DPS.

As the recipient of this award, McAllister will represent MSBOA members throughout the remainder of the school year. He will also be given the privilege of being Guest Conductor of the Honors Orchestra during the Michigan Youth Arts Festival May 10-12, 2007 at Western Michigan University.

About the Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools, founded in 1842, is one of the nation’s largest public school systems. Detroit Public Schools is a school district of choice and is open to children who live outside the city. The District offers numerous competitive academic and career technical programs.

Among these world-class programs are the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural School, Michigan’s only public school of its kind; Davis Aerospace, one of few college prep high schools in the country where students can obtain a pilot’s license; the Detroit School of the Arts, a multiple award winning performing arts high school; and Crockett Technical High School, a digital technology high school.

For more information about the District, visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.

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