GLORIA DAY received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Arizona and has two levels of Orff Certification. She has served as president of the Arizona Music Education Association board, adjudicated for regional festivals and was guest conductor for Mesa School District honor choir, Arizona Elementary All-State choir, and AzACDA Cantaramos. Ms. Day has received numerous awards for her work in music education, including Arizona Music Educator of the Year in 2003 and a Top Ten Educator in Arizona in 1988-89.
After retiring from the Marana School District, where she taught general music, band, and choir for 30 years, Ms. Day continues her musical career through many community groups. She directs the children’s choir at Northminster Presbyterian Church, sings in the adult choir, and has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Chorus for over 10 years. Ms. Day also plays flute in Sonora Winds, a community wind ensemble. Currently, she is directing the Downtown Engagement Choir for the Tucson Girls Chorus Satellite program. Ms. Day has also served the next generations of teachers through service as a cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, as well as her work as a clinician for workshops with Orff, McGraw Hill, and choral and district workshops and festivals.