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July 8, 2021 - The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are delighted to announce Sharon Hendee as the new director of the Dominican School of Music. Sharon has been a faculty member at the School of Music for 23 years and replaces Sister Eva Beehner who served as the school's leader for 21 years.

Sister Cecilia Canales, Prioress of DSMSJ said, "We are so delighted to have Sharon serve as the new director of the Dominican School of Music. She's experienced, passionate, and her creative energy is exactly what we were looking for to take the School of Music into the future!"

After accepting the position, Sharon said, "I am grateful for the support and prayers the Dominican Sisters have given me. I am so excited about the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of music teachers who are very caring and are committed to developing students' musicianship as well as the whole person." She added, "The future of the School of Music is strong, and I am looking forward to working with the Dominican Sisters, alumni, parents and my fellow educators in continuing the School of Music's excellence for many more generations.

"The Dominican School of Music has been in existence since 1961 and provides music lessons in an environment of acceptance, trust and security at an affordable price. Located in the Mission San Jose neighborhood of Fremont, the Dominican Sisters School of Music offers private and group music lessons in piano, violin, viola, flute, piccolo, clarinet, voice, music theory and guitar in high quality studios. The goal of the school is to nurture the whole student and their creative musical potential.

Dominican School of Music students perform in annual recitals in the beautiful School of Music Recital Hall, and are coached and prepared for competition, auditions, and music festivals by highly skilled musicians who share music with their students.

Students at the School of Music have received numerous awards and honors such as: CBDA All State Honor Band; Nor Cal All State Honor Band; CODA All State Honor Orchestras; CMEA Honor Orchestra; Junior Bach Festival; Bay Area Music Association; CMTANC International Music Competition MTAC Certificate of Merit Convention Honors.

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Names New School of Music Director