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2017 Oklahoma Arts Conference

True North

Al Jensen
Al Jensen is a lifelong musician, educator, and supporter of music education. He received his degree in music education from Southern Methodist University, and he played the oboe as a member of the NBC Symphony until 1945 when he was called into service for the United States Army. Jensen was a Professor of Oboe at Phillips University from 1966 to 1995. Under Governor Nigh, Jensen received the Community Service Award at the 1984 Governor's Arts Awards. Jensen was awarded the Tri-State Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. In May of 2017, he was honored by the Juilliard Music School, Class of 1946, for being the oldest graduate who is still teaching.

Al Jensen's Schedule
And the Band Played On...
Date: Thursday – October, 26 2017 Time: 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room: 205 Track: Arts Managers
Originally established as the Phillips Band Day in 1932, the annual Tri-State Music Festival now brings over 12,000 elementary, middle, and high school students to Enid to perform and compete across many musical disciplines, including jazz, pop, show choir, orchestra, and several others. Despite the current success and long-term sustainability of the festival, the organization was forced to make crucial changes within the last 10 years in order to survive. Hear how the organization approached board development, strategic planning, and the development of new community partnerships to ensure that the Tri-State Music Festival would remain a first-rate education experience for future generations.

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