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Walter Pavasaris

Music Education Faculty

Walter Pavasaris earned a B.M. in music education from the Hartt College of Music, a M.M. in string instruments from the University of Michigan (where he was a Teaching Fellow) and a Ed.D. from Boston University. 

A former double bassist in the West Point Band, his public school teaching career began in the Marshfield (Massachusetts) Public Schools. He became the director of orchestras and string teacher for the Belmont Massachusetts Public Schools in 1977. From 1990–2009, Walter was coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for the Lexington (Massachusetts) Public Schools. His primary responsibilities in that position included advocating for the arts and creatingand implementing curricula in the areas of music, visual arts and drama. He supervised and evaluated a highly diverse Fine and Performing Arts faculty. Under his leadership, the arts maintained an integralplace within each student’s basic education.

For more than three decades, Walter has positively impacted many music educators while serving as a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory (NEC), Boston University and Gordon College. He continues to be an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout New England. As a conductor, he hasconducted numerous festival orchestras throughout Massachusetts, NewHampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 1992 and from 1999–2001 Walter was the guest conductor of the United States Youth Ensemble String Orchestra during their European Tour. From 20032008, he was the associate conductor of the Metrowest Orchestra in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. During the 2004and 2005 seasons, he served as music director of the Nashoba (Massachusetts) Youth Orchestras. Currently, Walter is the music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as conductor of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In 1992, Walter was the recipient of the Paul Smith Memorial ‘Conductor of the Year Award,’ presented by the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors’ Association. In 1996, the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) named him as a recipient of the ‘Lowell Mason Award’ acknowledging his numerous contributions to music and music education. In 2007 he received the MMEA's ‘Visionary Leadership Award’ for his outstanding contributions as a music administrator. In 2008, Walter was the recipient of the MMEA's ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in recognition of his exceptional support and outstanding accomplishments towards the advancement of music education in the schools of Massachusetts.

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