|Chad Shippee will begin in the district on January 4.|
At its meeting on Tuesday, November 24, the Board of Education named Chad
Shippee as the district's K-12 director of music education. Shippee is currently
the instrumental music director for the Bolton Landing Central School District
in Warren County, where he leads three bands from grades 4-12.
The selection process included interviews with three committees comprised of Niskayuna music teachers, parents, students, principals, K-12 academic directors, central office administrators, and Board of Education members.
The process also included a performance component and a final interview with Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. The district advertised for the position extensively across the state, including through newspapers and online job posting of educational organizations such as the New York State School Music Association.
"Chad brings to our district a strong background in music instruction and a high degree of enthusiasm for working with our students and teachers," Dr. Tangorra said. "He appreciates the exceptional Music Department we have, and promises to provide the collaborative leadership necessary to shape the future of such an accomplished program. I'm pleased to welcome him to Niskayuna."
Shippee has been the instrumental music director in Bolton Landing since 2011. Prior to that, he was an instrumental and general music teacher in Fort Ann in Washington County, also directing bands from grades 4-12 and teaching general music and small group lessons.
"I'm very excited to be joining the Niskayuna team," Shippee said. "This position is surely the pinnacle of my professional aspirations. I have always admired the quality of the music program at Niskayuna and I look forward to working with the fantastic music staff to take it to next level for our students."
Shippee has a bachelor's degree from the Crane School of Music, a masters in curriculum development and instructional technology from the University at Albany, and anticipates receiving his certificate of advanced study in educational leadership this coming May.
He is president of the Washington County Area Music Teachers Association, has led several all-county ensembles, and has been a presenter at New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conferences.
Shippee's first day in the district will be January 4, 2016.