Carl Herko
Vice President, Media & Public Relations

April 21, 2008



(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Doree S. Jarboe, a music teacher for more than four decades and choral director at Portland’s Grant High School for nearly 21 years, is the 2008 recipient of the Oregon Symphony’s Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award, the orchestra announced today.

Jarboe, who plans to retire at the end of the current school year, will receive the award at an onstage presentation during the Oregon Symphony’s annual Evelyn Nagel Donor Appreciation Concert May 22 in downtown Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Music Director Carlos Kalmar will present Jarboe with a $1,000 prize to be used for music education at Grant High School.

Created in memory of Patty Vemer, an inspirational leader and director of music education at the Symphony for more than 13 years, the award honors those who have made significant contributions to music education and their community and who have served as an inspiration to their students.

“Patty Vemer worked to ensure that excellence and passion in music education was recognized and supported through the Oregon Symphony. This award does just that,” said Monica Hayes, the Oregon Symphony’s Acting Director of Education & Community Engagement. “Doree is the kind of teacher who can get a football player to join the Acappella Choir and discover his voice is as strong as his defense.”

Jarboe will be honored for her lifetime achievement in music education following a career that spanned 45 years and included teaching positions in seven states. For the past 21 years she has directed the Grant High School Royal Blues, a chamber choir that performs internationally. Among its highlights under Jarboe’s direction were three concert tours of Europe, including one in 1994 at which the choir was Oregon’s representative at the French celebration marking the 50th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. She also directs four other Grant High School choral groups: the Harmonaires, Choralaires, the Gospel Choir and theAcappella Choir, which has participated in state choir championships for the past 19 years.

Jarboe will direct a performance of the Royal Blues during the May 22 concert at which the Music Educator of the Year Award will be presented.

At Grant High School, Jarboe is known among students as the ”Queen Bee,” says Principal Toni Hunter: “Doree’s room is full of wisdom and children. … She challenges her students but manages to always make it fun. She is a gem.”

Jarboe was knighted by the Portland Rose Festival’s Royal Rosarians in 2005 for her work in music education and was the recipient in 2006 of the Educational Excellence Award presented by the University of Oregon College of Education.

For the past 12 years, the Oregon Symphony has recognized excellence in music education with the Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award. Past honorees include G. Douglas Bundy, band director at Aloha High School; “Allen” Barber, band director at South Medford High School; Brian Seed, band director at Summit High School in Bend; Elizabeth Crockett, a music educator from the Willamette Valley; James Howell, a music specialist from La Grande and former president of the Oregon Music Educator’s Association; Scot Wavra, music teacher at West Linn Elementary School; David Anderson, music teacher at Sunnyside and Sunrise Middle Schools; Glenn Ludtke, Roosevelt High School music educator; and Sisters M. John Therese Miller and M. Juliana Monti of Valley Catholic Schools.

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