B.M.E., M.M., Illinois State University
A violinist and violist, Mrs. Bryant received both her Bachelor and Masters of Music
Education Degrees from Illinois State University. She is currently an adjunct instructor
in the Music Department of Illinois Wesleyan University and performed for 20 years
with the Classic Touch Quartet.
Mrs. Bryant came to the Unit 5, Normal, Illinois schools in 1968 after teaching in
Carbondale and Elmhurst and was asked to start the String Program district-wide in
1969. The first two years included running an experimental string class for Paul Rolland
as part of his U of I String Project which eventually became a highly respected text.
She retired in 1993 after having built it into a highly regarded program with an award
winning orchestra at Normal Community High School.
Maestra Deanne Bryant has been the Director of the Bloomington Normal Youth Symphony
since January, 1995. Mrs. Bryant has guest conducted festival orchestras and adjudicated
contests for the Illinois High School Association, Illinois Grade School Association,
and Illinois Elementary School Association, as well as others. She has served in many
capacities as an active member of the National Music Educators Conference including
Orchestra Division Vice President for Illinois Music Educators Association for two
consecutive three-year terms. She also served on the Board and the Executive Board
of I.M.E.A. during that time.
In 2006, Mrs. Bryant was received the Distinguished Service Award from the American String Teachers Association, Illinois Division for her dedication
to the profession and promotion of string teaching in Illinois. She has served as
an "on line" mentor for the MEfNC Orchestra division several times.
In 2013 she,received the Ironman Award for that year in recognition of her exceptional loyalty and service to Normal Community
In the Fall of 2015 she received the Van Leer Legacy Award from the Immanuel Bible Foundation in Normal, Illinois for her leadership and dedication
inspiring others to reach their potential.