A head shot of Michele Senger and Phil Peters

Valley Orchestra Directors Receive National Recognition

senger-micheleValley orchestra directors Michele Senger and Phil Peters have been selected as NEH Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool to attend one of 22 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for t

he Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Senger and Peters will participate in an interdisciplinary Institute entitled “Mozart’s Worlds: The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.”  The three-week

program will be held in Vienna, Austria, and directed by Dr. Richard Benedum, professor emeritus at the University of Dayton.


The 25 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of  $2,700 to cover their travel, study, and

living expenses.

Topics for the 22 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include the Acadian experience in Maine; archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley; Berlin’s cultural diversity across two centuries; the trail of tears: a view from the Cherokee homeland;

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; communism and American life; Dickens in literature and film;

Existentialism; the immigrant experience in California through literature and theatre; Johann Sebastian Bach; World Wars I and II in France today; Mesoamerican cultures and histories; the national anthem in American life; philosophers of education; the political theory of Hannah Arendt; punishment, politics, and culture; race and politics in the American Civil War; religious worlds of New York; teaching Shakespeare; theatricality and reality in modern French drama; understanding Muslim cultures through poetry.

The approximately 460 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 57,500 American students the following year.