Palumbo Recognized as Outstanding Music Educator

OGDEN, Utah –Weber State University professor Michael Palumbo has been selected to receive Utah’s Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2008-2009 by the Utah Music Educators Association for his outstanding contribution to music education in the state.

The award will be presented during the general session of UMEA’s Professional Development Conference, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in the St. George Dixie Center.

Michael Palumbo is currently in his 28th year as a member of the faculty at WSU.  In addition to conducting and administering the orchestra program and teaching viola, he is the violist with the WSU Faculty String Quartet, the associate principal violist of the Ballet West Orchestra, and is an assistant conductor for Ballet West. He is also the founder and director of the WSU String Project, a program for young musicians and string music education students.

Palumbo is the director of orchestral studies and professor of viola at WSU. He received his bachelor of music education and master of arts degrees from the University of Denver, and completed his doctor of arts in orchestral conducting at Ball State University. Palumbo has conducted such diverse groups as the “Bolshoi Ballet,” Ballet West, the New American Symphony Orchestra and the 2002 Olympics Anthems Orchestra, plus all-state and other honor orchestras across the country.

Palumbo is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing frequently in a variety of venues.  He has performed as a guest artist with a number of chamber ensembles including most recently the Cassatt String Quartet and the Amelia Trio.  He has twice been the recipient of Hemingway Faculty Vitality awards at Weber State University for international touring and performing with both the Weber State Symphony Orchestra and the Weber State University Faculty Trio.

An avid promoter of music education, Palumbo serves on the Board of Trustees of the National String Project Consortium, and is the director of the Weber State University String Project.  He has served as president of the Utah Music Educators Association, the Utah Viola Society, and has twice held the office of president of the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He is a former national secretary of ASTA. He also has served as a member of the editorial committee of the newly revised ASTA String Syllabus.  In 1997 Palumbo and David Dalton founded the Utah Viola Society, and he served as its first president.  In addition to his membership in ASTA, Palumbo belongs to Phi Kappa Lambda, and is a member of The American Federation of Musicians, Local 104, serving as the Union Steward for the Ballet West Orchestra.

For more information about the UMEA award, contact Steve Shirts, 435-586-5092 or

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