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"I'm very honored to accept this award. I was in good company; MSU alumnus Rick Neukom of Devils Lake received the NDSTA Educator of the Year award. I'm also proud of my daughter, Danica, who was a clarinetist in the All State Orchestra and will be a freshman at MSU in the fall.”
Jon Rumney, MSU music professor

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Rumney earns North Dakota String Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award

BISMARCK, N.D. – Minot State University professor Jon Rumney received the North Dakota String Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award at the All State Orchestra Concert in conjunction with the North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference March 24 in Bismarck.

The Distinguished Service Award is given for outstanding contributions to the cause of string education in the state of North Dakota.

Rumney has provided skilled instruction in violin, viola, and chamber music, as well as classroom lectures at Minot State since 1994.

"I'm very honored to accept this award,” Rumney said. “I was in good company; MSU alumnus Rick Neukom of Devils Lake received the NDSTA Educator of the Year award.  I'm also proud of my daughter, Danica, who was a clarinetist in the All State Orchestra and will be a freshman at MSU in the fall.”

Rumney received his bachelor, master, and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY).  He studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo, and American String Quartets, and is a founding member of Luminus (piano trio), with pianist Dianna Anderson and cellist Erik Anderson. 

He and his wife Lynne (deceased) founded the Dakota Chamber Music Institute at MSU, now in its 22nd year.  Alumni of the institute hold prestigious positions nationwide such as Director of Artistic Planning for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY), and section violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The Dakota Chamber Music Institute was awarded the 2003 Distinguished Service Award.

Rumney’s students have won numerous awards, including first prizes at state American String Teachers Association Solo competitions, and fellowships to summer programs such as the Blossom Music Festival (Ohio), the National Orchestral Institute (Maryland), and the Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina). Former students have found teaching positions in every orchestra program in North Dakota as well as nationwide, and some have continued their studies at schools such as Juilliard, Eastman, the Cleveland Institute, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Published: 03/28/18



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