Dr. Stephen E. King

Title: Adjunct Instructor of Music Education (Retired)
Company: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Location: Catawba, Virginia, United States

Dr. Stephen E. King, Retired Adjunct Instructor of Music Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in music education.

Originally part of performing groups that impacted him emotionally growing up, Dr. King retired in May 2019 after serving 11 years as an adjunct instructor of music education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He previously served the university as a graduate teaching assistant in music education from 1983 to 1984. He began his career as the band director at Coeburn High School in Virginia in 1964, remaining in this role for four years before reprising this role at William Byrd High School in Vinton, Virginia, from 1968 to 1986. He later served Roanoke County Schools as music coordinator from 1985 to 1986 and supervisor of fine arts from 1986 to 1997, and was also a visiting assistant professor of music education from 1997 to 2007 and conductor for the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble from 2007 to 2008. Dr. King prepared for his career at Western Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1964. He then attended Radford University, where he received a Master of Science in 1975, and Virginia Tech, where he attained a Doctor of Education in 1991.

An adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician and music curriculum developer in his field, Dr. King is highly active in his community and contributed numerous articles to professional journals. An editor for the American School Band Director Association research publications, he was selected to serve on revision committees for the Virginia Standards of Learning, and chaired and served as legislative liaison for the Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education from 2009 to 2015. Affiliated with myriad organizations related to his field in various roles, Dr. King is the recipient of several honors and accolades throughout his career including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, he was selected for inclusion in the 12th edition of Who’s Who in the World, the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and many editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.

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