David Obelkevich

Title: Orchestral Music Teacher
Company: NYC Department of Education
Location: New York, New York, United States

David Obelkevich, Orchestral Music Teacher at NYC Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical education.

Inspired by the musical influence of his father and brother, Mr. Obelkevich took up the violin and viola at a young age and has since built a distinguishable career in musical education. Having accrued more than 50 years of inimitable experience, he commenced his career as a teacher in New Jersey from 1968 to 1970. Most recently, from 1970 to 1996, Mr. Obelkevich served the NYC Department of Education as an orchestral music teacher at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn. Prior to his educational career, he achieved a Bachelor of Arts in music at Columbia College in 1965 and a Master of Arts in music education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1967.

A member of the Amateur Music Chambers Players, in July 2002, Mr. Obelkevich became the first western musician to play in an orchestra in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Looking back on his career trajectory, he attributes his immense success to the simple fact that he loves music and loves to help people. Performing music has given him great joy, and to have other people perform under his leadership has been especially rewarding throughout his life. Furthermore, Mr. Obelkevich is proud of serving as a violinist in the all-county orchestra in Johnson City, New York.

Outside of his musical career, Mr. Obelkevich is an avid runner, having completed 112 marathons in the U.S., England, Australia, and Japan. He finished a record-number 44 out of 49 New York City Marathons since 1970 and holds the distinction of Champion Streaker due to his high number of consecutive completed marathons. The Comrades Marathon, which has been going since 1921, acknowledged Mr. Obelkevich as the first American to earn a “green number” due to his impressive 10 finishes. Additionally, he and his wife have ventured on a 56-day pedal bicycle trip across the continental U.S. They only took 10 days off, notably biking from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. In five years’ time, Mr. Obelkevich aims to continue running and parlaying his love of music to others.

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