Richard Victor

Richard Victor

Advocacy Chair, PMEA and Council for Jazz Education Chair, NAfME
National Association for Music Education


Richard Victor had a 37-year career as High School Band Director and Music Coordinator for the State College Area School District in Pennsylvania. As Coordinator of Music, Mr. Victor supervised the activities of 25 music teachers in 13 buildings.

He is the current chair for the NAfME Council for Jazz Education and was the guest director of the 2013 PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble. He served as president of the PA Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) from 1989-1993 and was PMEA All-State Jazz Coordinator and PMEA News Jazz Editor from 1993-1998.

Mr. Victor was president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association from 2000-2002 and has served as the PMEA Advocacy Chair since 2003. Mr. Victor is also the Assistant Executive Director of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and Adjunct Instructor for the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Online.

Mr. Victor has been a guest conductor and adjudicator for concert band and jazz events in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and currently is an instrumental adjudicator for Music in the Parks. He frequently serves as a clinician, consultant, and/or featured speaker for school districts and music events on the topics of advocacy, music program leadership, and jazz. He has presented at five NAfME (formerly MENC) national conferences, four NAfME Eastern Division conferences and the 2008 Americans for the Arts National Convention. He also has been a presenter for six different MEA state conferences, three JEN National Conferences, and two International Conferences on Music Learning Theory.

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