Inducted in 2018
Jeff Anderson's career in music education spanned forty-five years of
service, all in Kansas. He taught secondary choral music in Hiawatha,
Haven, Newton, Kansas City, Kansas (F. L. Schlagle High School and
J.C. Harmon High School), Lawrence (LHS), and Olathe (Northwest High
School). He also served as Visiting Professor at Ottawa University where
he was appointed Director of Choral Activities. His choirs frequently
performed at state, regional, and national conventions.
Dr. Anderson's career also included 16 years of public school
administration. He was Supervisor of Music in the Kansas City, Kansas
Public Schools, Assistant Principal at Sumner Academy in Kansas City,
Kansas, and Director of Fine Arts for the Shawnee Mission School District
in suburban Kansas City.
He holds degrees from Southwestern College (BME), The Wichita State
University (MME), and The University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA).
Following his retirement he remained active as a festival conductor,
adjudicator, and consultant in choral music education. He is a
Past-President of KMEA.
Dr. Anderson's students remember his teaching style was characterized
by a steadfast commitment to helping students understand the
importance of setting high standards in achievement and performance. As
a by-product of his classroom instruction, his students learned to develop
the courage to dream of lofty goals, to acknowledge the inevitable
adversity in attaining those goals, and to accept that self-discipline and a
persistent attention to detail are required on the path toward any worthy