Educator of Note

Abby Behr


Abby Behr – 2017 Music Educator of Note:

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) has announced Abby Behr as this year’s recipient of its Music Educator of Note Award. The award will be presented at LIMHoF’s November 2018 Gala at The Space in Westbury.
“I am so honored and humbled by this prestigious honor and recognition,” said Behr. “I have worked with some of the most outstanding musicians, music educators, and former students sharing our passion of music. It is a great source of pride that many of my former students have gone on to be outstanding musicians and music educators.”
During her tenure as a teacher in East Meadow, Behr was a band director on elementary, middle, and high school levels. She served as the Director of Music and Art for the East Meadow Public Schools from 2001 until her retirement in January 2015. Under her leadership, the district held the distinction of being one of only 12 school districts in the country to be recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as having a model music education program. During Behr’s time as director, East Meadow was also awarded “One of the Best Communities for Music Education in America” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
Behr has also been the recipient of many awards from the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers for outstanding service to children, and she has been cited in several editions of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music and a professional degree in Educational Administration from Long Island University Post.


Frank Doyle – 2016 Music Educator of Note:

Frank Doyle has been teaching music for nearly 40 years, toured and recorded as a keyboardist with Meatloaf, and now represents Northport High School as their Music Theory teacher.  Editor for the Baron’s AP Music Theory Review Book 2012 and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, Doyle developed a 4-year High School Music Conservatory Program, including AP Music Theory and two-year international Baccalaureate Program.
Doyle began his public school music teaching career in 1979 when he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College and went on to achieve graduate Summa Cum Laude in Theoretical Studies with a Masters of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Doyle has taught music at the graduate and post-graduate level at Five Towns College and the New England Conservatory of Music.  He then went on to teach at Washington Irving High School, Great Neck Elementary Schools, Manhasset Middle School until in 1999 he began his teaching career at Northport High School where he currently serves as a teacher of Music Theory.
At Northport High School, Doyle has been an advisor for the Tri-M National Honor Society, Vocal Director and Music Arranger for the 10 High School musicals, Jazz Band Director, has had students selected for NYSSMA All-State in Composition and Electronic Music Composition every year since 2005 and has taught AP Music Theory and the two-year International Baccalaureate Program.
Beyond a full-time career at Northport High School, Doyle has also dedicated a significant amount of his work toward Music Theory education as a co-author of the National Standards for the Arts in Secondary Music Composition and Theory in 2013, as editor for Barron’s AP Music Theory Review Book 2013, as editor/developer of The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online 2011, developed an exemplar 4-year music theory, composition and musicology high school program on Long Island from 2002 to present and served as Exam Reader/Table-leader for the national AP Music Theory Exams, 2006-2012
In addition to an extensive career in teaching, Doyle has worked as a composer and performer in the music industry, performing and recording as keyboardists with Meatloaf on numerous world tours from 1987-1990, performing and composing original music with Weird Al Yankovic for MTV’s Big Show 1990 and has composed and produced music for TV, cable, commercials and industrial film-work from 1985-1992.
Frank Doyle also has made a concerted effort to support community initiatives participating in the ACORN Benefit Concert (Association for Community Organizing and Reform with proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Katrina, VH1 Save the Music by donating proceeds from Annual Composer’s Concert, Interfaith Celebration Benefit Concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and has with his students performed for Ronald McDonald House, nursing homes, interfaith social action events, fundraisers and the Northport Arts and Music Festival.

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Joseph Rutkowski- 2015 Music Educator of Note:

Joseph Rutkowski, North High School instrumental music teacher, is the recipient of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) 2015 Music Educator of Note Award, given in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Long Island music education. Mr. Rutkowski has been a music educator for 39 years.

He has taught at North High since 1991. Prior to that he taught at Stuyvesant High School and at Mannes College Preparatory School and Extension Division, where he still teaches. LIMHoF Education Chairman Tom Needham said, “The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is proud to recognize the distinguished career of music educator, Joseph Rutkowski. He is a remarkable award-winning teacher, performer, writer, and lecturer who is loved by his district, colleagues, and students.” from Chicago, Singapore, Israel, and Australia. North’s music program is a 10-time Under his guidance, North High has hosted many exchange performances with schools and colleges winner of the Lincoln Center High School Chamber Music Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall 12 times.

“I am completely honored, flattered, and humbled to be recognized by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame,” said Mr. Rutkowski. “Being in the company of the previous eight winners is a dream come true for me. I only wish that I could share this incredible honor with the teachers who have given me the inspiration and guidance to help my students learn to listen, play, and love music: my father, Joseph Rutkowski, Sr; my first band teacher, Alfred E. Longo; my high school band teacher, Lawrence P. Sobol; my supervisor at Stuyvesant High School, Max Watras; and my predecessor in Great Neck, Earl Higgins. It is really the support of our Music Parent Boosters (led by Karen Lee), Fine & Performing Arts Department Head Neil Saggerson, Principal Bernard Kaplan, and my partner in the North High Music Program, Dr. Janine Robinson, that enables our students to make the accomplishments of which we are all so proud.”

We congratulate Mr. Rutkowski and the entire Great Neck North School District on this exciting achievement.




David Fryling – 2014 Music Educator of Note:

The Eighth Annual Music Educator Award recognizes outstanding achievement in Long Island music education.  The Long Island Music Hall of Fame supports the idea that education is the key to the development of musicians and distinguishes the work of those who allow young people to explore their musical talents.

This year’s honoree, Dr. David Fryling is Director of Choral Activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts both the select Chorale and Chamber Choir and teaches beginning, advanced choral studies and graduate-level workshops in choral conducting and choral literature. He serves as an adjunct professor for the Hofstra School of Education, supervising choral music education student teachers.

An energetic and engaging conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of professional, community, and high school choirs, David’s recent invitations include various all-state and regional honor choirs, master classes, and workshops from New York to Alaska. He has been music director and conductor of Hofstra Opera Theater productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Poulenc’s Dialogues Des Carmelites, and has served on the conducting faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Choral Studies as Director of the Men’s Chorus.

In 2013 David founded the eVoco Voice Collective (, a non-profit organization of singers of the highest musical, technical, and expressive abilities. Passionate advocates for excellence in the vocal art, eVoco presents choral performances and recitals throughout the year.

Dr. Fryling has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Artists program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where he was conductor and music director of the World Youth Honors Choir and Festival Choir & Orchestra. Under his direction they performed such large-scale works as Brahms’ Nänie, Pärt’s Credo, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Mozart’s Mass in C (“Coronation”). Dr. Fryling served as music director and conductor of the University of Michigan Arts Chorale and assistant conductor of the Michigan Chamber Singers, University Choir, and the internationally ac- claimed Michigan Men’s Glee Club. He was also the music director and conductor of the Michigan Youth Women’s Chorus, an honors choir composed of select high school sopranos and altos.

In addition, David has served the American Choral Directors Association, and is currently president of the Eastern Division. When not on the podium, he enjoys freelancing as a professional choral tenor in the greater New York metropolitan area.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Steven E. Schopp - 2013 Music Educator of Note

Steven E. Schopp – 2013 Music Educator of Note:

The Seventh Annual Music Educator Award recognizes outstanding achievement in Long Island music education.  The Long Island Music Hall of Fame supports the idea that education is the key to the development of musicians and distinguishes the work of those who allow young people to explore their musical talents.

This year’s honoree, Dr. Steven E. Schopp, is one of the most influential people in the field of music education across Long Island, regionally and nationally.  It is his belief that a fully-rounded education can only be complete with the inclusion of Music.  This philosophy, along with his passion for music education, has impacted the lives of countless students and colleagues for decades.  Schopp’s contributions to music education on Long Island began with his position as an elementary band director in the Syosset Schools in the late 1960’s and later as the district’s Chairperson for Music, a position he held from the early 1980’s until his retirement in 2004.  “To be counted along with the previous recipients is humbling and a very special honor.  I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to work with the fine students and teachers in Long Island’s outstanding school music programs,” said Dr. Schopp.

Throughout his career, Steve has volunteered an enormous and immeasurable number of hours of service to his profession.  He was President of the Nassau Music Educators Association in 1978-79 and during that time made significant contributions to the NMEA All County Festivals.  He held many positions with the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), including President from 1988-89 and later for many years as an Advisor to the association.  He was elected to serve as the Eastern Division President of the Music Educators National Conference from 1994-95.  In this capacity he served as a member of the association’s National Executive Board and during that time he established himself as one of the leading voices for music education in our country through his contributions to the development of National Standards for Arts Education.

After his retirement from the Syosset Schools, Schopp completed a Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and he took a faculty position at his Alma Mater, Ithaca College, where he now supervises student teachers on Long Island.  In 2006, Dr. Schopp was appointed to the position of Executive Director of NYSSMA where he continues to serve today.  Additionally, he serves the National Association for Music Education as the Chairperson of the National Council of State Executives and as a member of the associations National Assembly.

Dr. Schopp is passionate about supporting school music programs throughout the state and nationally and he continues to be an outstanding leader in the field of music education.

“During his long career in Syosset, Steve Schopp inspired thousands of students and served as a great mentor to his staff.  His contributions to the music program in Syosset and to Music Education on Long Island and throughout the country are enormous and unprecedented” – Michael Salzman, Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, Syosset Central School District.

LIMHOF Education Chairman, Tom Needham, stated, “The Long Island Music Hall of Fame recognizes the fact that there are few individuals, locally or nationally, that have contributed more to the field music education than Dr. Steven E. Schopp.  He is a true legend whose work has positively impacted thousands Long Island students.”

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - William Katz - 2012 Music Educator of Note

William Katz – 2012 Music Educator of Note:

William Katz retired from the East Meadow High School as director of bands and department chairman after having taught in that district for more than 40 years.

At the age of 80 plus he remains an active performer, educator and conductor. He was a pioneer in jazz education in public schools and is a noted bassoonist. He edited the jazz section of the NYSSMA manual and spearheaded the creation of an all-county jazz performing ensemble.Katz has been director of the Nassau-Suffolk HS Jazz Ensemble for the past 18 years and influenced the lives of hundreds of students during his tenure. He is the recipient of the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award and is known as “Mr. Jazz” to many across the country and the state.

Katz’s concert and jazz bands were among the best of both Long Island and New York State, and he has conducted all-state jazz ensembles in both New York and across the country.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Robert W. Kreuger - 2011 Music Educator of Note

Robert W. Kreuger – 2011 Music Educator of Note:

From 1957 to 1982, Robert Kreuger served as Director of Music Education for the Northport–East Northport Union Free School District, where he developed one of the countries’ premiere music programs, he served as president of Nassau Music Educator’s Association (NMEA), Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association (SCMEA) and New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education.

He created the Northport Community Band in 1959, which performs to this day in a bandshell that now bears his name. He was the creator of the Newsday Marching Band Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. Broadway legend Patti LuPone said of her past teacher, Krueger, in her book Patti LuPone: A Memoir, “Our bandleader, Robert Krueger, was a graduate of Northwestern University and was able to get the most current Northwestern musical arrangements and marching routines. People came to the football games as much to see the band as to see the football team.”

Robert Kreuger died in September 2013.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Laurence Ballareau - 2010 Music Educator of Note

Laurence Ballareau – 2010 Music Educator of Note:

Laurence Ballereau is the Director of Bands at Syosset High School.  In addition to leading the Wind Ensemble, he developed a three-course curriculum for the students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry (Commercial Music, Recording for Musicians, Improvising Music).

 These courses helped the Syosset Music Department to attain national recognition, including a 2001 Kennedy Center Award and five-time designation as a Grammy Signature School.  The Wind Ensemble, under Ballereau’s direction has received many Level VI, Gold with Distinction, NYSSMA ratings.

In addition to his Syosset career, Ballereau has worked for 30 years as a professional musician.  He also composes, arranges and records for himself and independent artists.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Joseph R. Sugar - 2009 Music Educator of Note

Joseph R. Sugar – 2009 Music Educator of Note:

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce that Joseph R. Sugar will be the recipient of the 2009 Music Educator of Note. Professor Sugar, who passed away on November 1, 2009, was most recently an adjunct professor at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus.

Professor Sugar is known to virtually every music teacher in New York State. His 56-year career as a music educator has spanned all levels of teaching, from elementary school through university. He served as president of the Nassau Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division (MENC) and the New York State Council of Music Teacher Education Program. He also was an honorary lifetime member of Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) and recently concluded a long term appointment as NYSSMA Government Relations Coalition Chairperson, where he was a driving force in promoting advocacy for music education in schools.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - John McNeur - 2008 Music Educator of Note

John McNeur – 2008 Music Educator of Note:

John McNeur, founder and Executive Director of the 500 member, Long Island-based Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York and is a career educator who has taught all aspects of music over the past thirty years. He is currently Director of Music for the GRAMMY Signature Gold School Award-winning Herricks Public Schools, past-national chair for the Tri-M Music Honor Society, past-president of the Nassau Music Educators Association, and founder and chair of the committee responsible for organizing The Balanced Mind Curriculum Conferences.

He served as general chair for the Music Educators National Conference All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, organizing festivals in Rochester, Baltimore and at Carnegie Hall. Mr. McNeur has served as conductor of the Stamford Young Peoples Orchestra, The Fairfield County Student Operetta Orchestra, The North Shore Youth Operetta Orchestra and the MYO Summer Touring Orchestra, which has performed and toured throughout Europe, China and the South Pacific. Mr. McNeur has twice been awarded the International Tri-M Distinguished Service Award. He lives in Glen Head.

More about his work with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at and The Balanced Mind Curriculum Conference at

Long Island Music Hall of Fame - Herbert A. Deutsch - 2007 Music Educator of Note

Herbert A. Deutsch – 2007 Music Educator of Note:

Herbert A. Deutsch has had an eclectic career as a composer, author, educator and marketing consultant. Professor Emeritus of Music and, until September. 2001. Chairman of the Music Department at Hofstra University 1973-79 and 1995-2001. He directed the Music Business Program, the Electronic Music and Recording Studios and taught composition and multimedia.

A composer of music in various media, his work has been widely performed and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences of The Music Educators National Conference, Small Computers and the Arts Network, the Society for Electro acoustic Music in the United States and other organizations. In 1972, he co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA), has served several times as its President and is currently its Archivist.

In 1973 he created the first “Music By and For Students” concert for LICA. He is a recipient of numerous Meet The Composer and ASCAP Awards. At Hofstra he composed the scores for six Shakespeare Festival productions, including two while still an undergraduate student. During his forty-six year teaching career at Hofstra, he founded the Jazz Ensemble, the Electronic Music Studios, The New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Composition/Theory, Jazz & Commercial Music and Music Merchandising.

He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In his honor the Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for honors in Music Education.

His interest in electronic music led him to collaborate, in 1964, with Robert A. Moog on the development of the first Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, his “New York Improvisation Quartet” gave a Town Hall, New York concert which included the Moog’s first live public performance. In the summer of 1969 his quartet performed an all-Moog ensemble concert at The Museum of Modern Art “Jazz in the Garden”. His multimedia opera, DORIAN (based on the Oscar Wilde novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”) received its world premiere performances by the Hofstra Opera Theater in February 1995.

Active in The NY State School Music Association since 1970, he is a founding member of NYSSMA’s Music Technology Committee. He is also a member and judge of NYSSMA’s Composition and Improvisation Committee. He is a regular clinician in composition sessions at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference and an all-state brass and jazz adjudicator for that organization.

He was Director of Marketing and Sales at Moog Music from 1979-83, and has been a marketing and development consultant to Roland Corporation, Multivox Music, Norlin Industries, Passport Designs Software and Jim Henson’s Muppets. He is the author of Synthesis (Alfred Publishing Co.), in its second edition and published in Japanese and Korean, Electroacoustic Music; Its First Century (CPP/Belwin) and Teach yourself Piano (Karamar Publications). He is active in the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Small Computers in the Arts Network, and was co-founder, Educational Consultant and feature writer for The Music & Computer Educator and a reviewer for The American Record Guide. His CD Woman in Darkness was released in September, 1999 on 4Tay Records, his String Quartet Preamble & Fugue performed by the Meridian String Quartet appears on Capstone Records and his new CD From Moog To Mac was released in June 2007. He was featured on a History Channel production on the First Moog Synthesizer and he appears and has music credits in the 2004 film MOOG. In September, 2007 he received the Moog Music Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to electronic music.