Walt Straiton Appointed Educational Support Manager for Division of Education

Posted on September 30, 2016

Elkhart, IN— Sept. 30, 2016—Conn-Selmer, Inc. announces Walt Straiton to their Division of Education as Educational Support Manager for the East Region. Residing in Williamsport, PA, Walt brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience as a distinguished conductor and music educator.

Before joining the education team at Conn-Selmer, Walt managed the “Music in Education” system for Yamaha Corporation of America’s Keyboard Division; and prior to this served as Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Marching Bands at Williamsport Area High School in PA. Mr. Straiton is a recipient of the coveted John F. Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers in the Arts, as well as a finalist for “Teacher of the Year” in the nationally-televised Walt Disney Corporation’s “American Teacher Awards.”

A professional saxophonist, violinist, and jazz pianist, Walt has been recognized as a national leader in the movement to bring both standard and contemporary jazz repertoire to the American symphony orchestra. Published articles to his credit include comprehensive orchestral program development, conducting, and music technology; which have appeared in the Jazz Education Journal, American String Teachers Journal, and the Technology Institute for Music Education. A graduate of Millersville University (PA) and the Eastman School of Music, Walt has also pursued coursework toward a Doctorate in Music Education at Pennsylvania State University.

“I cannot wait to begin partnering with schools and communities along the eastern shoreline” says Walt.  “The Conn-Selmer Division of Education is the premiere band and orchestra manufacturer dedicated to fostering educational support and providing teachers the highest quality customer service.”

Managing Director of the Division of Education, Michael Kamphuis, remarked, “Walt’s deep connection as a master teacher uniquely qualifies him to serve as an educational expert in the field.  Walt and the rest of our Division of Education team are eager to assist programs across the country with resources to build, enhance, and sustain quality music education for every child in America.”

About the Conn-Selmer Division of Education
The Conn-Selmer Division of Education, led by Vice President of Education, Tim Lautzenheiser, seeks to provide resources and support to music educators worldwide. This mission is accomplished through five program areas – Conn-Selmer School Partnership Program, Conn-Selmer Educational Clinicians, Conn-Selmer Institute, the Music Administration Collaborative, and the VIP Program.  In addition, our Educational Support Managers offer music educators personalized service that includes financial planning, strategic planning, leasing options, and instrument inventory management.  Collectively, the Conn-Selmer Division of Education is the industry leader in providing exemplary programs, services, and advocacy tailored to the positive growth and development of music education across the globe.  For more information visit http://education.conn-selmer.com or contact the Division of Education at education@conn-selmer.com.

About Conn-Selmer

Conn-Selmer, under a portfolio of brands, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use.  With a tradition of innovation, and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, CG Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, Scherl & Roth, Glaesel, and William Lewis have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders.  Conn-Selmer is also the North American distributor of Selmer Paris woodwinds, the US distributor of Yanagisawa saxophones, and the global distributor of the Jiggs pBone (the world's only plastic trombone).  With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates US production facilities in Elkhart, IN, Cleveland, OH, Eastlake, OH, Lagrange, IL, and Monroe, NC.  Through its educational outreach team, led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education.  For more information on the complete line of instruments, services, and support available from Conn-Selmer, visit www.conn-selmer.com.