It’s exciting to announce that our guest conductor will be the Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, who has chosen a great program to share with the Festival Band and our audience. Peterson serves as professor of music at the Ithaca College School of Music, where she currently conducts the Ithaca College Symphonic Band and teaches courses in music education. Her research interests include the study of first year music teachers and the pursuit of music and life long learning. An enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Dr. Peterson has conducted all-state bands, festivals, and honor bands across the United States and Canada. Peterson’s book, The Music Teachers First Year: Tales of Challenge Joy and Triumph, is published by Meredith Music. Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois for ten years. In addition to many professional affiliations, Peterson is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.