Odyssey of the Stars Honors Music Men

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts honor two of Missoula’s finest music teachers.


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Dean Peterson, left, and John Schuberg (Photo by UM Assistant Art Professor Matt Hamon)
Dean Peterson, left, and John Schuberg (Photo by UM Assistant Art Professor Matt Hamon)

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will honor two of Missoula’s finest music teachers, Dean Peterson and John Schuberg, during its fourteenth annual scholarship event, Odyssey of the Stars—A Celebration of Artistic Journeys.

This year’s show, The Music Men, will start at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Odyssey of the Stars pays tribute to UM performing and visual arts alumni and tells the story of their artistic journeys, showcasing the many different roads to success that an artist can travel. The show will feature guest artists and honorees Peterson and Schuberg, who have more than sixty years of combined experience enriching the lives of Missoula’s public school students. It also showcases UM students and faculty members from the Schools of Art, Media Arts, Music, and Theatre & Dance.

Peterson, ’78, has spent more than thirty-one years in Missoula public schools as an elementary teacher and director of choirs at Hellgate High School. He conducts the Missoula Mendelssohn Club and Missoula Symphony Chorale, is an active choral clinician and adjudicator, and teaches choral courses through UM’s School of Music.

Peterson earned two bachelor’s degrees from UM, in music education and piano performance. He completed his master’s degree in music education with a Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif. He and his wife, Dorothy, an active collaborative pianist and music teacher, live in Missoula. They are proud parents of two musical children, Ross and Elin, who also are UM alumni.

Schuberg, ’80, is a distinguished music educator with more than twenty-nine years in Missoula schools. He is an adjunct instructor for UM’s School of Music, arranges music for the Dallas Brass, plays saxophone in the Starlighters Swing Band, and continues to mentor beginning music teachers. His arrangements of solo and chamber music for middle school students have been used by teachers internationally, from Japan to Jerusalem. During his tenure at Rattlesnake Middle School, his band was invited four times to perform at All-Northwest MENC.

An Oregon native, Schuberg earned two undergraduate degrees in music performance and education at the University of Oregon and a master’s degree at UM. John’s wife, Maggie, is a flute professor at UM. They have two children, Benjamin and Jennifer, who also are UM alumni and musically talented.

Proceeds from Odyssey of the Stars benefits UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, Odyssey of the Stars has funded scholarships for 525 visual and performing arts students at UM. For information, call the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Office at 406-243-4970, e-mail cvpadean@mso.umt.edu, or visit www.umt.edu/umarts/Odyssey/.

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