Cam Stasa is one of my favorite people on the planet. And if you’ve met her, as so many music educators have, I’d bet she’s one of yours, too.
In this conversation, we talk about:
- her role at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago
- how students and their families should approach applying to college
- the unique way VanderCook prepares future music educators for the reality of today’s economy
- the high burnout rate of music educators, and how to combat it
- recruiting parent volunteers to save your sanity
- the surprising fundraiser many programs are using
- Cam’s reaction to the events of New Year’s Day
About Cam Stasa
Cam Stasa is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. She had been the Director of Participant Relations for Music for All (Bands of America) from 1989 until April 2010.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University (MI), she taught English and Communications in secondary schools prior to her arrival at MFA. Originally hired as Director of Operations for Bands of America, her job description evolved into the “sales” director of Music for All. Whether talking to directors by phone, or in person, Cam developed the most direct communication with music directors to encourage them to participate within the events produced throughout the year.
For over 15 years Cam has announced the Lake Park Lancer Joust, a high school marching band competition held annually on the campus of Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. She is also the announcer of the Normal West Marching Band Invitational at Illinois Wesleyan University. Cam has been the Master of Ceremonies at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival since 2003.
On March 8, 2014, Cam was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame joining the ranks of William Revelli, John Paynter, Gary Green, Greg Bimm, Alfred Watkins and others that have been recognized for their impact on Bands of America, the nation’s band activity and music education.
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