Congratulations to Gordon Kaslusky ('03 B.S.) who has been named the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Music Education Alumni Award. He will be introduced at the upcoming Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's annual in-service conference in Erie, and will visit the University Park campus in fall 2017 to speak with music education students.
Gordon teaches choral music at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in Mechanicsburg, PA. His responsibilities include conducting three choirs, teaching music theory, and overseeing the development of the K-12 music curriculum. In addition, he serves as the music department coordinator and artistic director of Wildcat Productions. Previously, he taught middle school music in the Central York School District (2003-06), and the Mechanicsburg Area School District (2006-14).
In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Gordon is an active tenor soloist. He has performed with the Harrisburg Singers, Essence of Joy Alumni Choir, Ambassador’s Concert Choir and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, as well as numerous church choirs in the central PA region. He also maintains a private voice studio.
As an undergraduate at Penn State, Gordon was a student of voice professor Richard Kennedy and sang in choirs conducted by D. Douglas Miller, Lynn Drafall, and Anthony Leach. He has continued his education with graduate work completed at Lebanon Valley College (music education) and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (music theater production).
Gordon was humbled and honored to receive the award, saying "I am truly grateful to the Penn State School of Music for my education and all of the experiences and relationships developed there. They have continued to feed my professional and personal growth since graduation. I really look forward to the opportunity to come back to campus and give back, in whatever small way I can, to the current students."
He lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Catherine (’01 B.S.) and their two sons, Joseph and James.
For a listing of previous award winners, please click here.