John Stroube is the Executive
Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
Prior to his current appointment, he was the KMEA Associate
Director, before which he was the interim Assistant Director
of Bands at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr.
Stroube was awarded a DMA in conducting and pedagogy at
the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 where he
studied with Dr. Tom Fraschillo. While at U.S.M. he served
as a graduate assistant for the University Bands, and
was also the Executive Administrator for the National
Band Association, bearing responsibility for the daily
operations of that organization’s national office.
graduate of Bowling Green High School, Dr. Stroube has
a Bachelor of Music from Western Kentucky University
and a Master of Science in Music Education from the
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has done additional
study at Northern Illinois University, VanderCook College
and Murray State University.
During Dr. Stroube’s public school career he was
the Director of Bands for the Murray Independent Schools
from 1988 through 2001, prior to which he taught for
eleven years in Illinois. High school bands under his
were consistently granted Division I ratings at concert
band festival. The marching band at Murray High School
was rated “Superior” each year of his tenure
and was second place in the Kentucky Class A Marching
Band Championships in 1997. Dr. Stroube’s public
school experience includes responsibility for bands at
middle school and high school choirs, and elementary
As a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association
Dr. Stroube served as First District Band Chairman, and
as a representative on the state Marching Band Board of
Control. He is a member of the National Band Association,
the International Clarinet Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia,
and of Phi Beta Mu, for which he served as state secretary-treasurer
for three years. In the spring of 1998, the music educators
of the KMEA First District selected him as its high school
teacher of the year.
When his administrative duties allow, Dr. Stroube enjoys
conducting and playing clarinet. He has performed with
numerous community bands and orchestras during his career.
In 2009 he organized a community band in Richmond, and
for that ensemble throughout the year. To help promote arts in his community, he served for five years on the board of the Richmond Area Arts Council.
Melissa Skaggs is the Associate Director of the
Kentucky Music Educators Association. A native of Kentucky and member of her middle school band and high school choir, Melissa began participating in KMEA events at an early age. With a love
for music and singing, she pursued and received a bachelor's
degree in Vocal Performance and Arts Administration from
the University of Kentucky in 2000 where she studied with Dr. Everett McCorvey, the late Gail Robinson and Dr. Jefferson Johnson. As a student at UK, Melissa was an active member of the opera department playing the role of Musetta in La Bohemé, and participating in the chorus of The Magic Flute, L'Elizir D'amoré, and Die Fleidermaus.
She served as 1998-99 president of University of Kentucky Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
As a member of the choral program, she performed with the Women's Chorus, Chorister's, Chorale and Paws n Listen, Women's a capella group. Melissa interned with Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston,
SC and the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington,
KY, in Marketing and PR.
spent a brief time following her graduation in Lowell,
Massachusetts serving as the Box Office Manager for
the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, after which she moved
to Kentucky to accept a position with Delta Queen Steamboat
Co. performing on the Mississippi Queen. She was married
shortly after and decided to stay in Lexington permanently
where she eventually began working for the University
of Kentucky Federal Credit Union as the Electronic Media Specialist in the Marketing Department. Melissa joined the KMEA staff in 2006, after longing
to work for an organization which brought her back to
the field she so dearly loved—music.
Melissa enjoys participating in her church music programs, singing for weddings and special events, spending time with her husband, family and friends, and expecially being a mother to her daughter, Katie Beth.