In 1980, Ekonomou became the Director of Orchestras at The Lovett School. While at Lovett, The Lovett Chamber Orchestra performed at the 1990 “MENC National Conference”; the 1997 “Georgia Music Educators Conference”; and at the 1997 “International Association of Jazz Educator’s Conference”.
In 1991, she was awarded The Lovett Schools “Woodward Award” for excellence in teaching. Her groups consistently received Superior ratings at State and National competitions. In January 2017, Ekonomou was awarded the “Georgia/ASTA Lifetime Achievement Award”, in honor and recognition of her contribution to Musical Excellence in the State of Georgia. Currently Mrs. Ekonomou is the Music Director and Conductor for the Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra at Emory University.
Ekonomou served as assistant conductor for the “Georgia Tech Orchestra”, the “Atlanta Emory Orchestra” and the “Georgia University Orchestra”. During the summers of 2014 and 2016, she conducted the Intermediate Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Music Camp. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University and a Master of Music Education from Georgia State University.
A violinist, she performs with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and has performed with the Woman’s Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and the Emory Chamber Players.
Mrs. Ekonomou is a member of GMEA, ASTA, and NAfME and has served on the advisory committee for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and on the national Membership committee for ASTA. She is active throughout the United States as Conductor, Clinician and Adjudicator. In July 2016, she was appointed Southern Division Representative to the NAfME Council for Orchestral Education.
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CATHARINE S. BUSHMAN
Catharine Sinon Bushman is the Wind Ensemble Conductor and Assistant Professor of Music Education at St. Cloud State University. Previously, Dr. Bushman served on the faculty of Winthrop University where she led the Symphonic Band, taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, and supervised student interns. Dr. Bushman began her teaching career as Director of Bands at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was an Assistant Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia from 1998-2007.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann is the Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. McCann is the first female head director of a marching band in the Big Ten Conference. McCann started with the U of M Marching Band in 2013 as Assistant Director. She previously directed bands at Watertown-Mayer High School (Watertown, MN), Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) and Burnsville Senior High School (Burnsville, Minnesota).
She holds a Bachelor of Music (flute performance and music education) from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music (conducting) from Northwestern University.
Described by her colleagues as a musician who will energize an ensemble like no other conductor, Georgia brings excitement and love for music from the podium that is truly amazing. The results of her work can be seen in the students she teaches; she encourages them not only to become better musicians, but better people as well.
Mrs. Ekonomou has been a String Educator/Conductor for 40 years. She is the former Director of Orchestras at The Paideia School, where she conducted The Paideia Chamber Orchestra and The Paideia Junior Chamber Orchestra.
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Diane Koutsulis is the recently retired Director of Bands and Arts Department Chair at Green Valley High School. Originally from Chicago, Diane has been teaching in the Clark County School District for the past 35 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Western Illinois University. After teaching junior high band in Oswego, Illinois, for three years, she went on to complete the Masters of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied with Frank Wickes.
Dr. Bushman received a DMA in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University. She maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for marching and concert bands. In 2009, she presented a clinic at the Texas Music Educators Conference, sharing her research on a successful band program in a disadvantaged southwest Texas community. Her academic interests include Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, cultural issues in music education, and music teacher mentoring.
During her tenure in Las Vegas, Diane has built fine band programs and music departments at both Las Vegas High School (1982-91) and Green Valley High School (1991-2017). Her groups have consistently garnered recognition for fine performances and she has served as both guest clinician and conductor at various conferences and honor bands throughout the United States. Diane was named the 1999 Nevada Teacher of the Year and received the 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. A member of the Clark County School District Teacher Hall of Fame, in March of 2003, she was inducted into the Nevada State Education Hall of Fame. In 2004, the Green Valley High School Symphonic Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. In 2005 and 2010, the Symphonic Band performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Green Valley HS Marching Band performed in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as well as the 2009 and 1993 Presidential Inaugural Parades. Diane is a member of the National Band Association (NBA) as well as holding memberships in Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Diane is honored to be a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (ABA).