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Carroll honored at OMEA event

RICHMOND — Edison High School Vocal Music Director Dani Carroll has spent a quarter of a century inspiring youth to sing and now she has been recognized for those efforts.

Carroll was among eight music educators honored during a luncheon at the Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati on Jan. 30-Feb. 1. She received a 25-year pin from OMEA President-elect Dr. Ann Usher prior to a performance by the OMEA All-State Choir, which featured 160 selected high school students and included EHS senior Troy Hackathorn. Carroll said teaching music is something she enjoys and the time has simply flown by.

“I’m blessed to get to do what I love,” she said. “I got to network with others in the field and people we see at OMEA events.”

She reunited with her former music professor, Dr. Stephen Gage from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, who shared some sage words that she finds meaningful today.

“He said (a teacher) is someone who instills a love of music, whether it’s to pursue a career or education in it or who enjoys listening to it. You have to get that love somewhere,” Carroll recalled. “They love what they do and get to do a hobby for a career. His mantra is ‘Be Kind. Do Your Best. Love Music.'”

Carroll, a 1991 graduate of Edison North High School, also sang in the OMEA All-State Choir as a senior and attending the festivities was a return to familiar territory. After graduation, she pursued her degree at YSU and taught her first year in Warren City Schools, followed by three years in the Steubenville City School District before returning to her roots at Edison, where she has remained for the past 21 years. Carroll has actively led school musical productions and cabarets, OMEA Solo and Ensemble choirs and taught a music appreciation class through College Credit Plus. In her free time, she also directs the Friends community singing group.

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