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2016 Swan Award Winner: Ron Kean

 Dr. Ronald Kean, Emeritus Professor of Music at Bakersfield College, recently retired after completing his 30th year of teaching in California. His DMA degree is from the University of Southern California where his conducting teachers were Rodney Eichenberger, James Vail, and Daniel Lewis as apprentice conductor of the USC Symphony. Prior to his advanced degrees,...

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1987 Swan Award Winner: Ben Denton

  Ben Denton has arguably, although humbly and quietly, had one of the strongest impacts on high school choral music in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Colony, Kansas in 1918, he had a musical family: his mother played piano for silent movies at the local theater, and his older brother was an accomplished...

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1988 Swan Award Winner: Eleanor McKnight Haines

  Mrs. Haines was born in Selma, south of Fresno, on Jan. 28, 1914. She moved to Ceres, where she began singing in musicals while attending Ceres High School. She continued to star in productions at San Jose State College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general education with a music specialty. One...

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1986 Swan Award Winner: Sam Barkman

 Sam Barkman (1918-2009) was born in Tshikapa, Belgian Congo to missionary parents who served there for over thirty years. He was raised by relatives in Berne, Indiana. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, he moved to San Joaquin, California. where he married Lydia Voth. They moved to Fresno in 1948, and through 35 years...

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