BOONVILLE — On January 25, two Boonville music educators received statewide recognition for their contributions to music education from the Missouri Music Educators Association at the 75th Anniversary Convention at Tan-Tar-A, Lake of the Ozarks.
Janice Bradshaw was inducted into the Missouri Music Educators "Hall of Fame." This award is given to music educators who set the standard for excellence and leadership in the state of Missouri. Mrs. Bradshaw was recognized for her outstanding work for the Boonville Public Schools as well as her leadership with the Missouri All-State Choir and the Missouri Choir Directors Association.
Janice Bradshaw is a graduate of Central Methodist College, now Central Methodist University, and received her Masters Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Before retiring from full time teaching in 2002, she served 40 years as Director of Choral Music at Boonville High School.
Mrs. Bradsaw has received many awards and accolades throughout her career, including the MCDA Luther Spayde Award, the MCDA Presidential Award for Excellence, the MMEA Certificate of Merit, the West Central Outstanding Choral Director Award, the ACDA Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service, and the ACDA Award for Distinguished Service in Presentation.
In addition to her excellence in teaching Mrs. Bradshaw is also recognized for her service to vocal music education on a local, state, and national level. She has served as the Southwestern Division Repertoire & Standards Chair for High School Choirs, from 1987-1994; the National Repertoire & Standards Chair for Senior High School Choirs, from 1995-2001; and, most notably, she has served as the Coordinator of the Missouri All-State Choir since its inception in 1972.
Mrs. Bradshaw has taken an active role in the arts community by serving on the board of the Friends of Historic Boonville, and has served as a board member of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts since its premiere in 1976. She currently is organist and choir director of the Boonville Christian Church.
Steve Litwiller received the "Charles Emmons Outstanding Band Director of the Year Award" from the Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Phi Bet Mu is an international honorary band director fraternity formed to promote bands and music education.
Mr. Litwiller earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and currently is in his 30th year as Director of Bands for the Boonville Public Schools. Prior to that, he taught music in the Missouri schools of Leeton and Gallatin. Under his direction, the 1986 Boonville Silver Pirate High School Band earned its first Superior rating in 22 years at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Large Ensemble Festival in Warrensburg.
Mr. Litwiller currently serves on the MSHSAA Graded List Committee and Sight Reading Committee. He served on its Music Advisory Board for 8 years and is a MSHSAA music rules interpreter. He has served as a Festival Manager for MSHSAA's Large Ensemble Festival hosted by Boonville High School since 2003.
Mr. Litwiller has been a Missouri All-State Band Clarinet Judge since 1985, and currently leads the Mentoring Program for the Missouri Music Educators Association. He has also served two terms as president of the West Central Missouri Music Educators Association. He is a past-president of the Missouri Bandmasters Association and is active as an adjudicator and clinician in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. He performs regularly with the "Roadkill Clarinet Quintet," "The Booneslick Saxophone Quartet," and Boonville's own "Sauerkraut Serenaders German Band." He serves on the Board of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts.
In 2007 Mr. Litwiller received the "President's Award" from the Boonville Chamber of Commerce for service to the community. In 2011 he received the "Outstanding Music Educator Award" from the Missouri High School Activities Association.
Both Mrs. Bradshaw and Mr. Litwiller are graduates of Boonville High School.