KMEA Hall of Fame
Ray Linder
Inducted in 2001
Ray Linder received his Bachelor of Music Education and Mater of Music Education degrees from Wichita State University. His public school teaching included vocal and instrumental music at Protection, Osborne, Russell, and Washburn Rural High School. In 1980, he became Education Program Specialist for the Kansas State Board of Education, where he served until retirement in 1994. He was active professionally in both KMEA and MENC. He was secretary of MENC's National Council of State Supervisors of Music from 1985-1987, President of the Kansas Bandmasters Association in 1976 and President of the Kansas Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu in 1975. His influence on music education in Kansas during his tenure with the State Board of Education was extensive. He supervised and edited four Kansas State Department of Education publications in Program Development. He authored numerous curriculum documents for Kansas schools during his tenure. Linder also authored various articles for the Kansas Music Review.