Serving Southwest Florida Music Students since 1991

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Professional Development Program


Trevor Tran (Fort Myers High School) 

Trevor Tran is currently Director of Vocal Arts at Fort Myers High School. In addition to conducting the choral ensembles, he teaches courses in Music Theory and IB Music. His groups regularly perform for the community and have been recently requested by organizations such as the Caloosahatchee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fort Myers Women’s Community Club.

Trevor holds concurrent Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Composition from Temple University. Before this, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Music in Composition. While in school, Trevor actively worked with choral groups at the high school, collegiate, and community levels.

Over the past few years, Trevor has participated as a conducting fellow in many conducting masterclasses and symposiums including the Chorus America Conducting Academy and the Choral Conducting Institute at Interlochen. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, and he has performed with individuals such as Josh Groban.

Trevor holds memberships with the American Choral Director’s Association, Chorus America, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda: National Music Honor Society, Florida Music Educators Association, and Florida Vocal Association.

Erin Tucker (Three Oaks Middle School)

Jennette Ruszkowski (Mirror Lakes Elementary School)

Jennette is originally from Saginaw, MI and relocated to Cape Coral, FL in 1998. As a career changer, she attended FGCU’s Bower School of Music from 2008-2012 and received her B.A. in Music, majoring in Voice and Education.

Upon graduation Jennette began teaching at Mirror Lakes Elementary School, a Title I school, in Lehigh Acres, FL.  She enjoys that position and says: "I feel so blessed to have a job that I love and have the opportunity to share my passion for music with my students." 

Her duties include directing a small choir of 4th and 5th graders, as well as a 5th grade Bell Plates group. Last year she accompanied the Lee All-County Elementary Honor Choir and has been invited to do so again this year. 

Jennette is a member of the FMEA, FEMEA, AOSA, and FVA and is very excited to attend the FMEA Conference in January.  In fact she says:  “Thank You for the grant! I appreciate it more than I can say.”

These three music teachers in Lee County were awarded our  Professional Development scholarships this year ($500 each).  This funding may be applied only to expenses associated with attendance at the 2019 FMEA Professional Development Conference.

Thank you to all 14 talented amazing music teachers who submitted requests! 

We had a tough decision to make for sure.  

Thank you for your continued support of our organization and please submit a request next year.