MO-ASTA Honoring Edgerton with Artist Teacher of the Year Award


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Sara Edgerton is a professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University and director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.


Jan. 23, 2006 – Sara Edgerton, professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University and director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, will be honored with the Artist Teacher of the Year Award Jan. 26 at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Edgerton will be recognized at a luncheon of the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (MO-ASTA) at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference at Tan-Tar-A.

MO-ASTA is the most active and visible string teacher organization in Missouri.

Edgerton says the award traditionally is given to artist teachers at large institutions or to major artist teachers from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

“I think this is the first time anyone connected with Southeast Missouri State University has received the award,” she said. “I am thrilled that our University and our Department of Music will gain positive recognition and credibility through this award and my connection with Southeast.”

Edgerton says she believes Southeast’s string program is “beginning to come of age with recent successes at the Missouri Music Teachers Association state convention at the University of Missouri-Columbia in November and the All-Collegiate Orchestra Auditions.

“These positive associations with our faculty and our students should help us continue to build quality and consistency in the string program,” she said.

Edgerton received her undergraduate degree with distinction in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, and master of arts and doctor of musical arts degrees from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of numerous fellowship awards.  She has studied with notable American cellists Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris and John Hsu, and in England with artist-teacher William Pleeth. Edgerton has performed extensively throughout the United States and England, both as a modern and Baroque cellist.  She has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subontnick in performances of their works, and has premiered a number of works for the cello. 

She is a member of the Kingsbury Ensemble, an early music group based in St. Louis that includes members of the St. Louis Symphony, and is a founding member of Ensemble Musical Offering (Milwaukee, Wis). She is also a member of the Southeast Baroque Trio, based at Southeast, which has been accepted by the Missouri Arts Council as a member of their Missouri Arts Touring Program.

Edgerton has performed at numerous festivals, including the International Music Festival (London and Oxford, England), and the Aston Magna Festival in Massachusetts.