Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce Kathleen McGrady as the new Instrumental Music Director at Lourdes University. In this role, Ms. McGrady will oversee the overall program of instrumental music for Lourdes and provide students with a chance to participate in band and ensemble activities. Ms. McGrady assumed her role on August 17, 2020.
Kathleen A. McGrady
Kathleen A. McGrady
Representing Ohio as the Immediate Past President of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), Ms. McGrady brings over 30 years of Music Education experience to this position. In 2015, she retired from public school teaching with Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio as Director of Bands from 1999-2015 and Northwood Local School where she was named “Teacher of the Year.” Ms. McGrady has served OMEA in several capacities including: District President, District Secretary/Treasurer, State Secretary, Band Chair for the 2012 State conference, and All-State Ensemble Coordinator for the 2016 OMEA State Conference.
Among her honors, Ms. McGrady received the Ohio Music Education Association 2015 Outstanding Music Educator of the year and was inducted into the Oregon Clay High School Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumni. She was chosen as Springfield High School’s “You Made a Difference Award” and was one of ten Band Directors from the United States selected to be on Staff for the All-American Marching Band that performed for the Grand Opening of the new Euro Disney Park in Paris, France. She has been recognized twice by the American School Band Directors Association and was selected as the 2015 Buckeye Cable Sports Network “Teacher of the Year” resulting in the “Kathy McGrady Fine Arts Scholarship” and the “Kathleen McGrady Legacy Scholarship” both given every year to a deserving senior from Springfield High School.
“I am truly thrilled to be the new Instrumental Music Director at Lourdes University, and especially excited to continue to share my enthusiasm and passion for music alongside the LU community. Music is such a positive and infectious art and I hope I can be a piece of that influence for the Lourdes University music department in the coming years.”—Kathy McGrady
Ms. McGrady is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she serves on the BGSU Alumni Band Board, and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music.
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. The University also offers a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.
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