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Most recent Kudos Award - February 2016
Kudos to Janine Reveire!
Thanks to Tom Tatton, California ASTA President, for nominating and bringing to our attention our February Kudos award winner—Janine Riveire, Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she chairs the music education program and serves as a liaison to the teacher-credentialing program.
Tatton writes, “She has served California ASTA for a number of years and continues to go the extra mile contributing to CalASTA in a variety of substantive and unique ways as well as to our profession as a whole.” Currently President of ASTA Los Angeles, Riveire, “leads that section with vision, professionalism, enthusiasm and certain expertise. This is a section of CalASTA that includes nine counties, has somewhat more than 16 million in population, and is approximately the size of the state of New York.”
“Janine Riveire,” he continues, “is the quintessential ASTA member—she is a professional string bass player in the Los Angeles area, teaches at a prestigious university, has public school string teaching background, is trained in Rolland, Kodály and Katŏ Havas pedagogy, is a member of the appropriate professional organizations: NAfME/CMEA, ISB, and ASTA, and she throws her expertise and enthusiasm into providing opportunities for others through the auspices of ASTA! She is an extraordinary leader—we are very lucky to have her . . .”
An ASTA member since before her college graduation, Riveire has found her membership valuable in connecting to job opportunities, and in developing expertise to utilize in her teaching throughout her career. On receiving this award, she said, “Being part of ASTA has connected me to so many interesting and passionate people. In a state with so many music generalists, getting to talk shop with other strings specialists is not always an easy thing, so ASTA gatherings are precious—whether at national conferences or at local meet-and-greet functions or local board meetings. I’m constantly inspired by the dedication of my ASTA colleagues, and hope I live up to their examples. This recognition tells me I’m on the right track. Thank you.”