Audrey Nowak will expand her teaching role to include coordinating the HSSD Fine Arts program.
Bay Port High School Orchestra Director Audrey Nowak will expand her teaching role to include coordinating the district-wide Fine Arts program, the Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD) announced today. In the move to this leadership role, Nowak will work collaboratively with staff and administration to provide leadership and support to all elements of the HSSD Fine Arts programs and will construct a five-year strategic plan for enhancing Fine Arts programs district-wide. In addition, Nowak will continue to serve in the classroom on a part-time basis directing the Bay Port High School orchestra program.
“Audrey is uniquely qualified to lead the HSSD Fine Arts program to even greater heights,” said Deputy Superintendent Mark Smith. “We are excited for the future under her leadership. Audrey is committed to collaborating with our excellent music education staff to ensure students in our district have the engaging opportunities to develop and showcase their skills.”
Nowak brings 33 years of music education experience to the Fine Arts coordinator position, teaching pre-K through college level students. She also serves the greater Green Bay fine arts community as the artistic director and manager of the Youth Orchestra Program at St. Norbert College, concertmaster for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, and assistant concertmaster for the Weidner Philharmonic. She is a violinist with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and is employed as a hospital-certified harp therapist with Advocate-Aurora.
“I am honored to lead the dynamic team of music educators in the Howard-Suamico School District,” said Nowak. “We already have a strong legacy of fine arts in HSSD. This position will allow us to cultivate a global approach to music education that will impact students from kindergarten through 12th grade, enhancing and expanding upon our already excellent work.”
A Grand Rapids, Mich. native, Nowak earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University. She culminated four years of study by earning her hospital-certified master harp therapist certification in 2018. Her professional career highlights include a Golden Apple Award (2014), American String Teacher Association State Teacher of the Year (2014), Herb Kohl Fellowship award (2015) and directing the Bay Port High School Orchestra in a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City (2018). She was also instrumental in HSSD receiving national recognition as a recipient of the Best Communities for Music Education award from the NAMM Foundation earlier this year.