Ediger Honored by Nebraska Music Teachers Association for Service, Teaching
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Music Professor and Choral Activities Director Dr. Thomas Ediger was recently honored for his service at the Nebraska Music Teacher’s Association’s state conference where he was also named the organization’s 2008 Teacher of the Year.
PSC President Stan Carpenter said, “We are proud to have someone of Dr. Ediger’s distinction serving as part of the Peru State College faculty. Not only is he a top-notch educator, he is also a talented musician. Dr. Ediger is an excellent example of how our students learn their trades from accomplished professionals. I congratulate him on these prestigious honors.”
Ediger joined the faculty at Peru State 29 years ago in 1979. Since that time he has been twice honored as a Teaching Excellence Award winner by the institution. Ediger currently directs three choirs and teaches courses in music theory/composition, music history, music education and applied music. He also serves as faculty advisor to the student Music Educators National Conference chapter, is a member of the Teacher Education Committee and directs the PSC Piano Extravaganza, a keyboard ensemble he founded at PSC in 1990.
Ediger is actively involved with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) where he serves as director of the West Central Division and is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee. He has also been named chair of the newly created Forum on Musician Wellness. The MTNA honored Ediger this spring at their national conference in Denver with a 2008 Fellow Award.
Ediger is also active in the Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA) where he currently serves as treasurer. He has previously served as composition chair, competitions chair, foundation chair, vice president and president. During his presidency, the NMTA received the MTNA State Affiliate of the Year Award.
Ediger is an avid performer and composer of music. Among his recent compositions are A Fairy Tale Fiasco, As the Worm Turns, The Royal Conundrum and A Fruitful Deception: The Story of Angst and Tutti-Fruitti Land, all of which are chamber operas. He is also a popular clinician and adjudicator in composition, piano and vocal music.
Ediger hold a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s degree in applied piano performance and a Doctorate in music theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado.