Tom Stites, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Owensboro Public Schools
Forum Thought Leader Question: How are you creating actionable opportunities for equitable access to quality arts education in your community?
Tom is a native of Hopkinsville, KY, and holds degrees from Western Kentucky University and East Tennessee State University. His thirty-one years as a high school band director included Sylva-Webster High School in Sylva, NC, The Marist School in Atlanta, GA, and twenty-two years at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN. In addition to his career as a high school band director, he has served twenty years as a fine arts department chair; eight years as assistant conductor for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra; two years as Music Director and Conductor of the Johnson City Symphony; and currently serves as Associate conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and as Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra conductor. Professional highlights have included full concerts onstage at the National Concert Band Festival, National Adjudicators International, and the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall. He has enjoyed collaborations with guest artists such as Edgar Meyer, the Ahn Trio, the Canadian Brass, Mark O’Connor, Jay Ungar, the National Symphony Orchestra and more. Serving currently as Coordinator of Fine Arts in Owensboro Public Schools, he works closely with 31 arts teachers in all disciplines and all schools. Recognized as a leading district in the arts, OPS arts programs have been chosen as a model in the state reform models for arts assessment and curriculum development.
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