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Music educator , writer

Nora Harris Arquit, music educator, writer. Certified aerospace education with techicians rating. Named District Band Master American, First Chair American; recipient Letter of Commendation for People to People Diplomacy for work with student band groups, Embassy at the Hague, Europe, honored for 39 years of service on Band Day, St. Lawrence County, 2002.


Arquit, Nora Harris was born on June 30, 1923 in Brushton, New York, United States. Daughter of Samuel Elton George and Esther Cecelia (Gillen) Harris.


Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Ithaca College, 1945; Master of Science, Ithaca College, 1962; postgraduate, St. Lawrence University, 1946-1947, 74; postgraduate, Cornell Univercity, 1970-1971; postgraduate, New York State College, Potsdam, 1973.


Music director, band director, teacher New York and New Jersey State Schools, 1945—1980. Guest conductor United States Air Force Band, Washington, Dutch and American band students, Schiedam, Holland, opening American-Canada Seaway, Massena, New York, 1975. United States Navy Band, Washington, various massed bands in United States of America, Canada, Europe.

Director bands Worlds Fair, 1964, 65. 1st woman guest conductor Tri-State Honors Band Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma. Director, coordinator St. Lawrence County annual High School Band Day, 1973-2002.

Past supervisor college student practice teachers, New York. Member Mid-States Commission Secondary Schools and Colleges Evaluations.


  • Certified aerospace education with techicians rating.


Past adjudicator high school and college band contests. Past director, coordinator annual St. Lawrence County Band Day. Past captain auxiliary United States Air Force Civil Air Patrol.

Past John Philip Sousa board directors representative to Hall of Fame enshrinement of Sousa New York. Member of American Association of University Women (past division meeting representative), Daughters of the American Revolution (life. Honorary regent Cayuga chapter, past state committee chairman, genealogical chairman), Women Band Directors National Association (past national president, Silver Baton), New York State Retired Teachers Association, North America Band Directors Coordinating Council (president 1978, past national vice president), American School Band Directors Association (emeritus member 1980, New York state chairman since 2003, past chairman international band committee, past national and state officer, honored national covention 2003), International Association University Women, Colonial Daughters of the XVIIC (chapter councillor 1988-1991, past. member committees), De Schilpen Museum Society Netherlands, De Schilpen Society (Holland), Kings County History Society Nova Scotia, Daughters of Union Veterans, Denison Society, Daughters American Colonists (New York state regent 1991-1994, honorary state regent, life 1994), Society Colonial Dames of Seventeenth Century (past state officer, past state pres, registrar), Colonial Daughters Seventeenth Century (Atlantic Coast chairman since 2000, national committee chairman since 2000, past president), Daughters Colonial Wars, Society New England Women, New York Court Assistants of National Society Women Descendents of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (life.

Past state officer, correspondent secretary, committee chairman), Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons, Plantagenet Society, Colonial Order of The Crown (Charlemagne), Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Society United States Daughters 1812 (past president, past Onondaga chapter president, past state officer), Society Daughters of Founders & Patriots of America (past president, past state president, registrar, life member National Officers Club), Society Sons and Daughters of Colonial Wars, Society New England Women, Soverign Colonial Society, Daughters of America Colonists (national com chairman 1994-1997, Atlantic sect.chmn genealogy since 2003), Summit New Jersey Club (special panel), National Federation Music Club (past editl.com.), New York State Officers Club Daughters of the American Revolution, Ithaca Music Club (past president), Delta Omicron.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing, photography, research.


Married Gordon James Arquit, November 12, 1948. Children: Christine Elaine Arquit, Kevin James Arquit, Candace Susan Arquit-Martel.

Samuel Elton George Harris

Esther Cecelia (Gillen) Harris

Gordon James Arquit

Candace Susan Arquit-Martel Arquit

Kevin James Arquit

Christine Elaine Arquit