Ada’s own Rozzie Purdy is back in Ada full time now as she recently retired from public school teaching.
She taught a total of 30 years, ranging from small schools to larger ones, including Healdton, Byng, Meeker, Stratford, Davis, Ada, and Wayne. She taught hundreds of students in a variety of music education classes including concert, marching, and jazz bands, vocal music at the secondary level, music theory and elementary classroom music.
A graduate of East Central University with a bachelor's degree in instrumental and vocal music, she received a master of music degree in trumpet performance at the University of Oklahoma.
While teaching, she was a member of Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Association of Jazz Educators and Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. In 1995, she was Meeker Teacher of the Year, Masonic Teacher of the Year, Golden Apple recipient, the 1995 Outstanding Jazz Educator of Oklahoma, and received the outstanding band sweepstakes director’s award for the 1999 Meeker High School Concert Band.
Her bands have consistently won numerous awards. In 2012 the Wayne Jazz Band won Class 2A Jazz Band Championship. Her Wayne bands have had nine straight years of superior ratings for all bands and choirs at all contests. The Wayne Jazz Band has performed twice in Branson, Mo., with Branson on Stage Live Company.
Presently, Purdy is organist and director of adult and children’s music ministries at First United Methodist Church of Ada. In addition to the Chancel Choir and Chancel Ringers already established for adults, this will be her first year directing the children’s program and she would like to see it grow to amazing numbers. There will be choirs for all ages: pre-K through sixth grade; a youth choir; a children’s tone chime choir (The Tone Rockers), as well as other musical activities that will be available for all children and youth who are interested.
Purdy has a passion for teaching children, youth, and adults. Plan to be part of at least one of these groups.
“Because music has so much to do with the molding of the character, it is necessary that we teach it to our children.” — Aristotle
A schedule of choirs will be announced in the following weeks. For more information or any questions, phone 332-6624, or e-mail Purdy at firstname.lastname@example.org.