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Brenda is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where she majored in Music Education and Organ Performance and was the recipient of the coveted Julia Crane Award in 1973. Her Master's ('76) was completed in Curriculum & Instruction from SUNY in Albany with concentration in reading. She retired in 2005 after completing 32 years of teaching in the Saratoga Springs City Schools where during her tenure as orchestra director, the Saratoga Springs Junior and Senior High School Orchestras and select Chamber Orchestra received the highest ratings at NYSSMA competitions and national music festivals all along the eastern seaboard, in Canada, and in Italy. She had the privilege of being a sponsor teacher for many very talented student teachers from the Crane School of Music. She has conducted orchestras for Elementary, Middle, and Senior High School County Music and Area All-State festivals in New York State and Massachusetts, served as a clinician for school professional development seminars and CASDA workshops, and is a solo and major organization certified judge for NYSSMA festivals. In addition to her private studio, she is currently the Albany Area College Supervisor for Student Teachers from Crane with her husband, Jeff. Our family, including our 6 grandchildren (3 grandsons and a granddaughter in Williamsville and a granddaughter and grandson in Houston), bring us life's greatest joys and blessings!