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Musical Notes

Thank You!

To everyone who made this Summer 2020 season happen,

This was an unusual season and you made it work!

Our professional presenters:  Corey Earle & Dr. Mark Fonder

Our music directors:  Robbie Oldroyd & Jen Rafferty

DAIB&C Board of Directors and

Our fabulous participants!

DAIB&C's 2021 Summer Music Season for band and chorus has come to a close.  Thank you to all who attended, and a special thank you to our guest presenters!


If you have participated in chorus or band this summer, please take some time to fill out our participant feedback survey.  We value your thoughts & ideas regarding your experience as a DAIB&C participant this summer.  Thank you for joining us!

The featured presenters for the online band experiences are below.

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Dr. William Cowdery
Veronica Cator-Szymanski
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Chorus Director: Jen Rafferty

Jen is currently the Chair of the Cortland Music Department in Cortland, NY and teaches middle school choir, general music and high school modern band. In her tenure at Cortland she has been recognized for her passion and excellence in teaching, receiving the regional Apple for the Teacher Award and the Cortland Peer Recognition Award. Her commitment to education has taken her to a national platform working with other teachers and music departments to share best practices in the classroom and department organization.
As a strong advocate for school music, she is very involved in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) serving as the Co-chair of the Secondary Classroom Committee, President of Cortland County Music Teachers Association, vocal adjudicator and participates in the vocal solo manual committee. You can find her publications in NYSSMA’s School Music News and the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) publication, In Transition. She also contributes to the Alfred Music blog, writing about practical ideas for the classroom and rehearsal. Her book A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher is now available on Amazon.  Learn more about Jen at!

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