District Welcomes Hale As Director Of Music And Art

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The district is pleased to appoint Dr. Christopher Hale as its Director of Music and Art, effective July 24, 2017.

From 2007-2017 Dr. Hale taught music at East Meadow High School, where he founded and directed the percussion ensemble, steel band and grades 10-12 concert band. During this time, he led the high school marching band, comprised of over 200 students, to four successful Walt Disney World trips and nine New York City Columbus Day Parades. He was involved in the high school musical for six seasons, as pit orchestra conductor and most recently as musical director. Dr. Hale advanced to the role of music department chairperson at East Meadow High School in 2015. In this role, he performed observations and held conferences with teachers to improve instructional and professional practices for students in grades 9-12. He also planned and supervised trips around the country, handled finances for the department, and oversaw community outreach projects. Under his direction, the East Meadow High School Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the 2016 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference. This was the first time since 1965 that the high school wind ensemble had earned this distinction.

While working as a music educator, Dr. Hale also served as president of the Nassau Music Educators Association from 2014-2016, overseeing 900 members and 100 teacher-volunteers, and administering programs that serve more than 3,500 students nationwide. He managed a $380,000 annual budget, wrote and produced a bimonthly membership newsletter, and was responsible for contracting rehearsal and performance space at the Tilles Center, Molloy College and at several local school districts.

Dr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of North Texas and a master’s in wind conducting from Hofstra University. In May, he earned his doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from St. John’s University.