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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 11, 1995
                      NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Dr. William P. Foster to be a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Dr. William P. Foster of Florida is a music educator, a former member of the Florida Council on the Arts, and a Chairman of the Music Department at Florida A&M University. In addition to being renown as "Dean of America's Band Directors," Dr. Foster is a composer, educator and a member of the Florida Music Educators Association. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Constitution Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and numerous other concert halls, and has run numerous clinics and lectures across the country and abroad. During his three-term tenure on the Florida Arts Council, Dr. Foster played a pivotal role in helping develop and expand arts education programs and art in public places. He earned his M.A. degree in Music from Wayne State University and a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Music from Teachers College at Columbia University.

The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts on policies, programs and procedures. The Council also reviews and makes recommendations on applications and grants. The Agency's Chairperson is also Chair of the National Council on the Arts, which has an additional 26 members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.