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Dorothy Straub is the former K?12 music coordinator in the Fairfield Public Schools, where she also taught strings and orchestra. A graduate of Indiana University with bachelor and master degrees in music education, Straub is the past president of the Music Educators National Conference. As MENC president, she represented the organization at music education conferences in more than 30 states. She was involved in the development of the National Standards in Music as well as advocacy efforts for the arts in education as a part of the National Coalition for Music Education.
Straub is also a founder of the Fairfield County String Teachers. The Fairfield County String Festival has been effective in building string players and orchestra programs in Fairfield County. She has served as conductor of the Concert Orchestra of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras for a number of years and has been a guest conductor in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, Nevada, and Maine. In 1995, she received the ASTA Citation for Exceptional Leadership and Merit and the NSOA Lifetime Achievement Award.