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Abigail Butler Receives KSC Music Department Distinguished Alumni Award

From Connie Lester, Redfern: Dr. Abigail Butler will receive the Keene State College Music Department’s 2008–09 Distinguished Alumni Award on May 2, during the KSC Concert Choir and Monadnock Chorus performance at 8 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center. While visiting the campus, she will present workshops for Keene State music students.

Butler completed her undergraduate degree in vocal performance at Keene State in 1980, studying under music faculty member Carroll J. Lehman. She received her master of music degree from Midwestern State University in Texas and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Arizona.

A member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda; the Music Educators National Conference; and the American Choral Directors Association, Butler is a native of Keene, N.H., and currently resides in Eastpointe, Mich., with her husband. She taught vocal and classroom music to grades K–12 for 13 years in New Hampshire public schools and served as guest conductor for state and regional junior high music festivals, in addition to adjudicating for the New Hampshire All-State Chorus and the New England Music Festival Association. Butler has appeared as soprano soloist with the Keene Chorale, the Monadnock Chorus, and various churches in New Hampshire and Texas.

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