Title: Music Educator, Musician
Company: Lewis and Clark Community College
Location: Godfrey, Illinois, United States
Susan Parton Stanard, Music Educator and Musician at Lewis and Clark Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Drawing upon more than 35 years of industry experience, Ms. Stanard is an esteemed music educator and musician who has been serving as a professor of music at Lewis and Clark Community College since 2002. Alongside this appointment, she has been the director of choral ensembles and vocal studies since 2002, as well as a performer in operas, concerts and recitals since the inception of her career in 1982. Prior to these illustrious roles, she was department chair at Lewis and Clark Community College from 2002 to 2010, a professor of music at Florida Community College from 1999 to 2002, and an orchestra and choral director at Mayport Junior High School from 1985 to 1987. She commenced her career as an adjunct professor of music at Jacksonville University, a position she held from 1983 to 1995.
In addition to her primary professional endeavors, Ms. Stanard has been a music director at the Evangelical United Church of Christ since 2011 and a frequent vocal coach and lecturer in the field. Previously, she shared her wealth of expertise with Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a co-director of choral and vocal education, having also served multiple churches throughout Illinois and Florida as a music director and organist. Likewise, she spent her spare time as president and on the board of directors of the Alton Concert Association, as well as treasurer and on the board of directors of the Alton Little Theater.
A versatile figure in the field, Ms. Stanard has also been a singer and musician for numerous acts, including “Verdi Requiem,” “Mozart Requiem,” and “Handel’s Messiah,” and has participated in myriad operas, such as “Carmen,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Don Giovanni” and “Suor Angelica,” among others. In an effort to remain abreast of developments within the music and education industries, she has further maintained affiliation with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the American Guild of Organists, the Music Teachers National Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Ms. Stanard holds a Bachelor of Music in voice and opera and a Master of Arts in music education from Jacksonville University. She has been recognized for her triumphs on many occasions, including being named a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA in 2009 and Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Mayport Junior High School in 1985 and 1986. Likewise, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Emerson Electric in 2007 and 2008 and has been the recipient of several accolades in competitions hosted by the Palm Beach Opera and Florida Atlantic University.
The proud mother of one son, Raymond Harris, who is an aspiring banker and avid golfer, Ms. Stanard has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women. She enjoys collecting antiques in her spare time.
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