Deborah Shofner taught in the Illinois public schools for 34 years. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and her graduate degree in conducting from NIU in 1992. While at NIU, she studied conducting with Mr. Stephen Squires and Dr. Elwood Smith. She studied tuba with Robert Bauchens, retired from the Lyric Opera and Charles Schuchaut, Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Shofner's middle school bands earned many honors, including performances at the Adjudicators National Invitation Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Constitution Hall, both in Washington, D.C., performances with Robert Sheldon at the IMEA All-
Ms. Shofner is currently an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for Illinois State University, serving as a student teacher supervisor for future music educators. She is co-
This her 42nd year as a member of the DeKalb Municipal Band. She is also active as principal tubist of the Illinois Valley Community College Wind Ensemble, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the DeKalb Brass Quintet, A Wing and A Prayer Dixieland Band, and Princeton Community Band. She is active as a tuba solist and clinician.
Ms. Shofner has served the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) in many capacities over the past 39 years, most recently serving as the ILMEA State President. Ms. Shofner is currently serving as the District 9 Chairperson for the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA).
She has been honored as a recipient of the “Outstanding Chicagoland Music Educator Award” and listed multiple times in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has been published in The Instrumentalist band magazine and the Illinois Music Educators Journal.
Ms. Shofner's professional affiliations include the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA).