Kay Crask is a distinguished music educator, recently retired after 30 years of teaching in both the public and private sector. Under her leadership as a string specialist for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in Orange County, California, orchestra flourished, with over 700 students participating in string orchestras in the secondary schools. Ms. Crask is a highly sought-after conductor, clinician, coach, and adjudicator throughout California and New England. She was selected to conduct the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association Honor Orchestras in 2017, 2012, and 2003. She has also conducted in Europe with the Southern California Ambassadors of Music. In 2009, Ms. Crask was recognized by the California State Legislature as an outstanding California secondary instrumental music teacher, and was chosen as the 2010 Southern California Teacher of the Year by the American String Teacher’s Association.
As a mentor teacher/clinician for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, Ms. Crask performed the following duties:
Visiting first-year teachers for support and mentoring
Collaborating on classroom management techniques
Preparing groups for ensemble festivals and competitions
Assisting struggling teachers with improvement plans
Giving clinics as requested by beginning or veteran teachers
Presenting seminars at professional development days or conferences
In conjunction with Center Stage Strings, an MPulse Program at the University of Michigan, Ms. Crask has developed a Presentation Seminar on Audience Engagement to aid extraordinary musicians ages 10-24 on their path to professional performance careers.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, she received degrees in both music theory and music education, and has a master’s degree in education of gifted and talented students.