Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2008 Music Educator of Note
John McNeur, founder and executive director of the 500-member, Long Island-based Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, 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. Additionally, he is the 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.
McNeur served as general chair for the Music Educators National Conference All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, organizing festivals in Rochester and Baltimore and at Carnegie Hall. He also 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 toured throughout Europe, China, and the South Pacific. McNeur has twice been awarded the International Tri-M Distinguished Service Award.