Music educator, Poland native receives award
Firelands Symphony Orchestra Flute II and Piccolo chairwoman Jody Bryan Chaffee is one of five orchestra musicians from across the country who received Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the league’s 73rd National Conference in Chicago last month. The awards honor those in the orchestra field who employ music for the benefit of the community.
A licensed music education instructor, Chaffee’s comprehensive, age-appropriate music programs are designed to surprise and delight children, instilling a desire for lifelong learning of music and the arts.
The FSO music education program provides more than 5,000 area school children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with programs designed to encourage music learning while also meeting academic standards for the state.
Chaffee, a 1991 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University. She also is a member of a professional flute quartet, High Frequency, that performs for a variety of events. She worked as a band director for six years and currently assists several band programs throughout the state.
Chaffee also serves as the personnel manager and librarian for the FSO and its newly formed chorale.