Dr. Marty Lexmond Named Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2020 Educational Administrator of the Year

Dr. Marty Lexmond Named Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2020 Educational Administrator of the Year
Posted on 02/13/2020
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On Saturday, March 14, 2020, area educators will be recognized as the Civic Music Association’s Music Educators Awards Reception. Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond has been named Educational Administrator of the Year. 

Lexmond began his career in education in the Milwaukee Public School District. He has also served as the superintendent in Kohler and Shorewood before joining the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in 2015. 

“Growing up, my siblings and I were involved in school band and choir programs. Music education was very important to my parents. We took lessons and really developed a love for fine arts,” said Lexmond.  “Now I am doing the same for my own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. And, as superintendent, I have the opportunity to support an outstanding music program that touches the lives of over 8,000 students in our District.”

Over the past year, Lexmond had new state-of-the-art sound systems installed in both high school auditoriums. He routinely highlights the music program by having groups perform at District events.

“Shining Strings plays a short concert at our Teacher Back-to-School Kick-Off and we play for our Employee Recognition event,” said West Allis-West Milwaukee Music Coordinator, Mary Pat Michels. “Dr. Lexmond has always found ways for us to be part of the message: music and the arts matter!”

Beyond attending District concerts and musicals Lexmond played percussion at the District Orchestra Festival in 2017. This “all-District” event features over 600 musicians. He will perform again this year with orchestra students during the grand finale in April.

“Dr. Lexmond oversees a wonderful 4K-12th grade music program in the District,” explains Director of Leadership and Learning, Deidre Roemer. “Our Elementary General Music program with our four-year olds. We have Prelude Strings in 5K - 3rd grade, Choir in grades 3 - 12, Orchestra in grades 4 - 12, and Band in grades 5 - 12. We also offer music electives like Musical Theater and Sound Engineering and Design to students in high school.” 

“All of our elementary students receive music instruction twice a week. We have several sections of 6th grade General Music and 7th grade Music Innovations. We are very proud of our music performance participation. We have
215 students in Prelude Strings, 645 students in Orchestra, 680 students in Band, and 970 students in Choir,” adds Michels.

“Four of our District’s music teachers nominated Dr. Lexmond for this award. He is very supportive of our work,” said Michels. “The Civic Music Association of Milwaukee is a non-profit organization that supports music education and performance opportunities for young musicians in the five county greater Milwaukee area. Over the past 30 years, five West Allis-West Milwaukee teachers and administrators have received six awards recognizing excellence in music education!”

“I think we offer our children more music opportunities and experiences than many of our neighbors,” said Lexmond. “We feel music is of great value to our students and community. I am very thankful for our music teachers and the hard work of our students. Their work together helps develop talent and a true passion for music,” adds Lexmond.

Civic Music Award recipients will be honored at the
Marcus Performing Arts Center at the start of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert at 8:00 p.m. Prior to the concert, a reception sponsored by the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee will be held at 5:00 p.m.at  the Marcus Center. A ticket for the reception and concert is $35. (Reception only tickets are $25.) For tickets to either or both events contact: CMA Executive Director Nancy Herro nancyherro@civicmusicmilwaukee.org