Society of Peabody Alumni
Citation for the Peabody Alumni Achievement Award Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Music in Maryland
April 21, 2002
Donald Regier, you traveled an interesting path to get to Peabody and Baltimore, including receiving your B.A. from Hasting College, Nebraska, your M.A. from Columbia University, and serving as a World War II combat infantryman in Europe where you were taken Prisoner of War.
Once you arrived in Baltimore you took on the challenge of transforming music education in Baltimore City.
You received your D.M.A. from Peabody Conservatory in 1966. While at Peabody you took Musical Styles with Louis Cheslock, Conducting with Laszlo Halasz and Claude Monteux, and Music History with Sam diBonaventura
You career in Baltimore started with teaching music at Baltimore City College, and developed into serving as supervisor, and later as coordinator of the music programs in the city schools. During your 25 years of service in the City, you brought live music into the classroom, including conductors from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and one-act operas from the Baltimore Opera Company.
In 1974, you moved to Baltimore County where you were appointed supervisor of secondary vocal and general music. While serving Baltimore City and County you also conducted the Johns Hopkins University Glee Club, the Peabody Preparatory Prep Choir, and the Kenwood and Second Presbyterian Church Choirs. You have numerous publications in the fields of choral and general music, and serve as consultant and evaluator in school systems throughout the east.
You have served as president of the Maryland Music Educators Association, and in 1994 were selected to the MMEA Hall of Fame.
Donald, your work has brought your love of music to the lives of countless children in Maryland, including five of your own, all of whom studied at the Prep. It is only fitting that the Peabody Chapter of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association confers upon you the Peabody Alumni Achievement Award Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Music in Maryland.