Michael Harbaugh is instructor of Orchestra at the
Mr. Harbaugh was selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the Beloit Public Schools USD 273 1999 and received the “Certificate of Merit Award” from the Kansas Chapter of ASTA on February 25, 2000. Mr. Harbaugh was recognized as the 2001-2002 KMEA NW District “Outstanding High School Music Educator” at the District Mini-Convention at FHSU on December 8, 2001 and again on December 11, 2010. Mr. Harbaugh was honored as a finalist for the KMEA State Music Teacher of the Year representing the NW District on February 24, 2011. Michael was inducted into the Kansas Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association “String Teacher’s Hall of Fame” in 2014. This award is the highest award given by KASTA.
The Beloit High School Orchestra was selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educator’s In-Service Workshops on February 26, 2005. The Orchestra enjoyed the opportunity to play in the Wichita Century II Concert Hall. Selection to perform at KMEA is the highest honor for a Large Performing Group in Kansas. The Beloit Community Orchestra was selected to perform at the KMEA “President’s Concert” on February 23, 2012. Mr. Harbaugh and his wife, DeeAnn, have two children and one grandchild, Alex, age 34 and Alison, age 30. Alex, a graduate of FHSU in Math and KU Masters Degree in Acoustical Architecture is a Design Services Supervisor at Meyer Sound in Berkeley California. Alison, a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University in Accounting serves as Administrative Assistant and Education Coordinator for the Salina Symphony, the music department secretary at KWU and is a member of the Salina Symphony. Alison has a son, Knox Davis-Harbaugh born in 2018. DeeAnn is an insurance clerk at the Beloit Medical Center, serves as the Clerk of Session and Associate Choir Director at the Presbyterian Church, President and Secretary of the Beloit Concert Association, and is active in the Beloit Community Orchestra and Allegro Music Club.
Beloit, county seat of Mitchell County, is located in the Solomon River Valley in the north central area of Kansas. It is also in the center of the Smoky Hills in the land of the Kansas Post Rock. It is located on State Highways 24, 14 and 9.
String instrument playing has been a long time integral part of the Beloit Community. Cleo Riley taught orchestra in the Beloit Public Schools from 1946 until his retirement in 1977. He was also the first conductor of the Beloit Community Orchestra.
The Beloit Community Orchestra has 65 members from North Central Kansas. Impetus for the Orchestra came from the Post Rock University, a free adult education program. The Orchestra gave its first performance in March 1981.