Cameron University to host Peter Markes, Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year

The Cameron University Department of Education will host a presentation by Peter Markes, Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year, on Monday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex.  Markes will offer general advice and motivation for new teachers. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

photo of Peter markesMarkes is currently in his 12th year as director of orchestras at Edmond North High School, where he also chairs the performing arts department, teaches AP Music Theory, and team-teaches eighth grade orchestra at Cheyenne and Sequoyah Middle Schools in Edmond. His orchestras have received numerous superior ratings at festival competitions, and the high school orchestra is a 10-time recipient of the state sweepstakes award, the highest honor given by the state activities association. The high school orchestra was honored by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association as the 2012 High School Honor Orchestra to perform at the state conference in January, marking the second time the orchestra has received this honor under his leadership. Additionally, the orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious 2012 Midwest Clinic.

In 2013, Markes was named one of the “40 Under Forty” by OKC Biz magazine. In 2009, he was selected by School Band and Orchestra magazine as the Oklahoma representative for the nation’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” In 2007, he was selected as the Cheyenne Middle School Teacher of the Year and was also a finalist for the Edmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year. In the same year, he was awarded a Governor’s Commendation from Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and was selected as a “Feature Teacher of the Week” by Magic 104 (KMGL 104.1). He has been honored three times by former students as their Teacher of Honor at the Oklahoma Academic All-State Celebration of Excellence. He has also been named Teacher of Today by the Oklahoma City Masonic Fraternity and received the 2012 Global Health Inspirational Teacher Award for the North High School vertical schools.

Markes serves as president for the North Central Honor Orchestra, vice president for the Oklahoma-ASTA chapter, has twice served as the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Honor Orchestra chair, and has served on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Music Advisory Board. He has served as the concertmaster for the Enid Symphony Orchestra, is a three-year alum of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and performed two seasons as a section violinist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He is certified-trained by the Advanced Placement College Board to teach Advanced Placement Music Theory. His professional memberships include the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Education Association, the North Central Honor Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, and the Pi Kappa Lambda honor music fraternity.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Education at 581-2320.

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March 4, 2014

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