Margaret Quackenbush, president and executive director of Hochstein School of Music and Dance, recently received the Advocate of Music Therapy Award.
She was honored at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association held at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester.
Quackenbush was one of three local recipients of the award from the region that includes Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware and Washington, D.C. The other recipients were the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and Keri Lazenby Neathawk of the Mary Cariola Children’s Center Music Therapy Department.
Hochstein’s programs in music and arts therapies have expanded under Quackenbush’s leadership. The music therapy program started in 1975 with two clients and now provides music therapy services to nearly 1,300 individuals per year. Hochstein has awarded almost $2 million in scholarship funds to enable individuals and groups to receive music therapy services.
Hochstein is home to a National Roster internship site of the American Music Therapy Association.
Quackenbush has been president and executive director of Hochstein since 1992 and a member of the school’s faculty, teaching clarinet and chamber music, since 1979. An active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral clarinetist, Quackenbush is a founding member of Antara Winds. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from Eastman School of Music along with degrees from University of Oregon and University of Minnesota, Morris.