Jay Steinberg is a native of New Jersey who is currently in his 38th year of teaching in Lindsborg, Kansas. Steinberg received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Bethany College and his masters degree in clarinet performance from Wichita State University. Steinberg has spent his entire career in Lindsborg (USD 400) as band director of grades 5-12. Presently, his teaching load consists of 5th and 6th grade band and 5th grade vocal music. Additionally, Steinberg is an instructor of clarinet and music history at Bethany College, has taught clarinet at Wichita State University and is currently on the staff of the High Plains Band Camp in Hays. His bands have performed at the KMEA In-Service Workshop in 1989 and 1994.
Steinberg is active, not only as an educator, but also as a performer. He has performed with the Bethany College Community Orchestra, Hutchinson Symphony, Trablas (his woodwind trio) and currently principal clarinet with the Salina Symphony. He also serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Kansas. Steinberg was awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Music Dealers of America and in 2008 was named Outstanding Middle School Music Educator by the South Central District of KMEA. Professionally, Steinberg holds membership in MENC, KMEA, ICA and KNEA.
Steinberg is active in Lindsborg’s local Arts community and because of his love of chamber music, he is the coordinator of the chamber music at the Sandzen Gallery, bringing the best talent he can to the Smoky Valley district and community.