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Local music educator receives national award

November 13, 2013

Marti Frantz, executive director of The Music Academy, was awarded a 2013 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation for her “long-standing and exceptional service to the field” at the National Guild for Community Arts Education annual meeting Nov. 1 in Chicago. She was one of seven leaders to receive the award at a special reception with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The award recognizes executive and divisional directors at Guild member organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education for more than 20 years.

Recipients were nominated by member organizations. Janice Westlund, Music Academy School Board chairman, nominated Frantz.

Frantz has served The Music Academy for the past 28 years and has overseen its growth and move from its previous location at Rockford College/University to its present location in Loreen Hall, 226 S. Second St., in Haight Village. It has 1,500 students and 30 faculty members.

The Music Academy is a not-for-profit community-based school of music dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable instruction and performing opportunities to students regardless of age and ability. Call (815) 986-0037 or visit

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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