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2014 Honorees



This year we honor two of Missoula’s finest music teachers, Dean Peterson and John Schuberg. Dean was a choral teacher and leader, both in elementary and high school, for over 33 years. John was a band educator in middle school, junior high and high school for 29 years. Read below to learn more about their amazing journeys.

Dean Peterson

Dean Peterson has been actively involved in the Montana music community for many years.  Recently, he served as Interim Choral Conductor at the University of Montana and currently, he conducts the Missoula Mendelssohn Club and the Missoula Symphony Chorale. In 2011, he retired from his position as Director of Choirs at Hellgate High School, where he taught for 25 years.  Prior to his years at Hellgate High, he served as an elementary general music teacher in the Missoula Public Schools for eight years. In addition to his conducting duties, he is an active choral clinician and adjudicator.  

 He received his Bachelor degrees from the University of Montana in Music Education and Piano Performance.  Later he completed his Master’s degree in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names College, Oakland, CA.

Dean was honored to be recognized as the 2010-2011“Outstanding Music Educator” for Montana and the Northwest region by the National Federation of High Schools, he was named the 2011 “Missoula Arts Educator of the Year” by the Missoula Cultural Council and recently received the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Montana Music Educators Association

He is an active member and past-president of the Montana Choral Directors Association, a member of the Board of Directors for Missoula's International Choral Festival and a past member of the Montana High School Association Music Committee.  He and his wife Dorothy reside in Missoula and are the proud parents of two musical children Ross, 24 and Elin, 20. 

John Schuberg

John Schuberg is a retired music educator with 29 years of public school teaching experience. He taught applied saxophone at Lane Community College ( l year), high school band in Belt, MT (5 years),  middle school band in Missoula, MT (20 years), and beginning band in Missoula, MT (3 years). During his tenure at Rattlesnake Middle School, his 7th and 8th grade band was invited to perform at All-Northwest MENC conferences in Portland, Oregon on four occasions.

John is an Oregon native who earned two undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Education from the University of Oregon, and a Master's Degree from the University of Montana. John received the ”Outstanding Educator Award” from the Dufresne Foundation in 1985, the “Friends of Youth Award” in 1989, and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Montana Music Educators in 2008. He has been active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout his teaching career. He now mentors beginning teachers throughout western Montana.

John's musical arrangements for Middle School Concert Band, All-City Jazz Band, Red Wave Marching Band, and All-City Winds have been used extensively throughout the Missoula School District for the last twenty years.  Since 1992, his Solo, Duet and Quartet Collections for all instruments are the standard Solo Day texts in the Missoula area. His works are now available to all private and public school music educators on his website

Upon his retirement from public school teaching, John often is an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana Music Department, arranges music for The Dallas Brass, sells his musical collections from his website, mentors beginning music teachers, plays saxophone in the Starlighter's Swing Band, and builds Kinetic Sculptures. John's wife, Maggie, is Professor of F1ute at the University of Montana. They have two children, Benjamin, 27 and Jennifer, 25.