LIMHOF announces 2010 Music Educator of Note


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Laurence Ballereau to be Presented Educator of Note At Long Island Music Hall of Fame 3rd Induction Ceremony And Gala on November 16th

(Port Jefferson, NY) — The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is proud to announce that Laurence Ballereau will be the recipient of the 2010 Music Educator of Note. The presentation will be made at the Third Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala, on Tuesday, November 16th at the famed Oheka Castle, 135 West Gate Drive in Huntington, NY (tickets are $100 General Admission, $250 VIP tickets and are available at <> , 631-331-0808 or at Cinema Arts Centre)

Laurence Ballereau is the Director of Bands at Syosset High School. In addition to leading the Wind Ensemble, he developed a three-course curriculum for the students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry (Commercial Music, Recording for Musicians, Improvising Music). These courses helped the Syosset Music Department to attain national recognition, including a 2001 Kennedy Center Award and five-time designation as a Grammy Signature School. The Wind Ensemble, under Ballereau’s direction has received many Level VI, Gold with Distinction, NYSSMA ratings. In addition to his Syosset career, Ballereau has worked for 30 years as a professional musician. He also composes, arranges and records for himself and independent artists. “In addition to having many of the typical accomplishments that one would expect from a great Syosset Band Director,

Larry also recognized the importance of developing a series of influential courses related to the music industry,” said LIMHoF Vice-Chair and Chair of the Education Committee Tom Needham, “which expands both the boundaries of music education and the role of music educators in our schools.”

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Ballereau. “I am privileged to work with the students, faculty and administrators at Syosset. They have allowed me to focus on nurturing the individual talents of young, talented musicians. Whether in a technology or performance class, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing students working at their craft and growing in their musical abilities. I truly believe my students will remain passionate about music throughout their lives, with many pursuing careers within the music industry.”

Sponsored by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, the award will be presented on November 16th at LIMHoF’s Third Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala. The award is open to any music educator (public or private) who demonstrates an exceptional and long-term commitment to music education in geographic Long Island (Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau or Suffolk counties). Any colleague, current or former student may nominate an educator for consideration. The Music Educator of Note Award was created in 2007. The first recipient was Herbert A. Deutsch, Professor Emeritus of Hofstra University and a leading electronic music pioneer, teacher, composer and mentor for more than 40 years.

The 2008 Music Educator of Note recipient was John McNeur, the Founder and Executive Director of the 500-member Long Island-based Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York and Director of Music for the GRAMMY Signature Gold School Award-winning Herricks Public Schools.

Eric B. & Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim

At the upcoming Gala the 2009 Music Educator of Note will also be presented formally to Clara Sugar, the widow of Joseph Sugar. Professor Sugar, who passed away on November 1, 2009, was most recently an adjunct professor at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. The two awards will be given out as part of LIMHoF’s Third Induction Ceremony. Artists being inducted into the Hall of Fame include Lou Reed, Dream Theater, Eric B. and Rakim, Eddie Palmieri, John Zorn, Oscar Brand, The Shangri-Las, Roy Haynes, Teddy Charles, and the famed venue, My Father’s Place.


Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHOF) is a 501(c)(3) museum dedicated to the idea that Long Island’s musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The organization defines Long Island geographically as Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Hall of Fame sponsors the Long Island Sound Award (LISA), traveling educational exhibits, and a scholarship program. For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, please visit

2 Responses

  1. He deserved the award. Congrats.

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