UNI School of Music to induct new Hall of Fame honorees at Scholarship Benefit Concert

September 14, 2016

Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will celebrate the lifetime achievements of the most recent School of Music Hall of Fame inductees in September 2016. The award ceremony and induction will be held during the Scholarship Benefit Concert on Friday, Sept. 23,in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on UNI’s campus.

The Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 will be Susan Rider and Therese Fetter.

Susan Rider is a 1989 UNI alumna and currently serves at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, performing in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. A member of the ensemble since 1997, Susan performs regularly for Presidential White House events, in ceremonies and concerts in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and around the country on national concert tours and special performances. With the band, she has performed in many of the finest concert halls, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Boston Symphony Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and the Cultural and Convention Center in Lucerne, Switzerland. In addition to her role in “The President’s Own,” Susan has taught at Shenandoah University, presented master classes nationally and internationally, and currently maintains a private teaching studio in Northern Virginia, while continuing to serve on the UNI School of Music National Advisory Board.

Therese Fetter, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began her violin studies at the Irish College of Music. She received a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from UNI. Her UNI Suzuki School training has included work with Doris Preucil, Martha Holvik, Barbara Barber, Almita Vamos, Yuko Honda and Bill Starr. She has had an extensive career as an orchestral performer in the US and abroad, most recently as concertmaster of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Fetter joined the faculty of the UNI Suzuki School in 1978, served as Director from 1986-2000, and was named Artistic Advisor in 2010 and retired from teaching in 2016. Through her association with that school, she has touched the lives of hundreds of families in the Cedar Valley. Under her leadership, the UNI Suzuki School initiated two youth orchestras, created an outreach and performance group of advanced violinists called "Fiddlesticks,” introduced a comprehensive theory curriculum and added flute and clarinet programs.

“The UNI School of Music is honored to induct Susan Rider and Therese Fetter into the Hall of Fame,” said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. “Their lifetime accomplishments in music are a testament to their professional excellence, educational accomplishments in receiving a UNI music degree, and their dedicated work as performing musicians and educators. We are very proud to induct Susan and Therese, and to bestow this award to two of our most accomplished alumni.”

For more information on the UNI School of Music Hall of Fame or other events, contact Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu.