KMEA Hall of Fame
E. Edwin Moyers
Inducted in 1989
E. Edwin Moyers took his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati in violin performance. While serving as orchestra conductor and string teacher at Central College, Fayette, Missouri, he studied summers with Joseph Fuchs at the Julliard School in New York City. In 1949, he moved to Texas A&I University in Kingsville, where he was orchestra director, string and woodwind teacher, and director of bands. During those years he started a string program in the Kingsville schools, played violin in the Corpus Christi Symphony, and organized and conducted the Kingsville Civic Orchestra. Two years after he was appointed to the faculty at Fort Hays State, he organized the Western Kansas Orchestra Festival. He managed the festival for the next twenty-six years until his retirement in 1987. In 1968 he earned the Ph.D degree from the University of Iowa. During his years at Fort Hays State, Moyers served as conductor of the College-Community Orchestra, was soloist and concertmaster of the Hays Symphony. He was named string teacher of the year for 1989 by the Kansas String Teachers Association.