The “Beyond the Diploma” Speaker Series is a fundraiser showcasing Eden Prairie High School graduates
and the stories of what they have done after graduation.
Funds raised from this event provide grants to
teachers and staff in our district to enhance student learning.
Spring 2017 Featured Speaker:
University of Minnesota Marching Band Director
March 22, 2017
Betsy McCann is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. She directs the University of Minnesota Marching Band and University Band and teaches undergraduate conducting. McCann is the first woman in history to lead a Big Ten Marching Band and Athletic Bands program. McCann has a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance and music education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in wind band conducting from Northwestern University, where she graduated with conducting program honors.
A strong supporter and active conductor of new music, McCann receives positive acclaim from composers, performers, and audiences for her interpretation and conducting of new works. McCann has been active in commissioning new works since her time as a public school teacher and strives to increase collaboration between composers and the musicians who perform their works. Additionally, McCann is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and speaker.
Prior to her current appointment at the University of Minnesota, McCann served as the Assistant Director of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. She also taught band and classroom music courses at Burnsville and Watertown-Mayer High Schools in Minnesota, and Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois.
McCann is a member of National Association for Music Education, College Band Director’s National Association, Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, and Phi Beta Mu. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Gold Sponsor: Prairie Electric
Bronze Sponsors: AmeriTrak, Eagles Heights Spanish Immersion PTO, Eden Lake PTO, Oak Point PTO, Prairie View PTO, Connie and Todd Tsuchiya
Friends of Eden Prairie Sponsors: Jo Benson, John Estall, Barb Hallowell, Randy Haar, Molly Hollenbeck, Brenda Jerich, Mary Kerns, Virginia Mahoney, Esti Ollerman, Holly and Jeff Parker, Paul Reiling, Nate Swenson, Lee Thomas, Autumn Tysk, Linda and John Zimmerman
Thank you also to all of you who bid on items during our online silent auction.
Bios of past speakers:
March 2017 – Betsy McCann, EPHS Class of 1999