Top 40 under 40 honor includes Milford musician

MILFORD — As the director of the Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch, Katie Inie-Richards knows music.

According to the Delaware Business Times, she also knows success.

Ms. Inie-Richards was recently chosen as one of 2016’s “Best 40 Under 40” by the Delaware Business Times who honored her and others at a cocktail party in downtown Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 13.

“There was also a special ceremony where each recipient was honored for their accomplishments and received their award,” she said.

katie“I am grateful and humbled to be nominated by Kate Ransom, the president and CEO of the Music School of Delaware. As the youngest senior staff member in the history of the Music School of Delaware, it’s a huge honor and I am very grateful.”

Ms. Inie-Richard was joined by Music School of Delaware Board Chair Karleen Strayer, Board Member Bob Weiner and her fiancée, Jordan Shaner in celebrating with other honorees that evening.

“My fellow 39 recipients and I are the next group of young professionals to help lead Delaware into the future. It was a diverse and broad cross section of recipients and I believe shows great promise for the future of Delaware,” she said.

Ms. Ransom said she proudly nominated Ms. Inie-Richards for the award.

“We know the great work she has been doing to provide excellent music instruction and programs for people in Kent and Sussex Counties and to get the word out and interact with the community. We are also aware of the excellence of her own teaching,” she said.

The Music School of Delaware employs nearly 90 instructors, according to Ms. Ransom.

“…Many of whom have been on our faculty over 25, 30, even 40 years,” she added. “These are the finest instructors in the region. We do all we can to create the best environment for teaching and learning, and to showcase the remarkable accomplishment that our faculty and their students achieve.”

The honoree and Milford branch director accredited much of her success to the Music School of Delaware and “a wonderful team of colleagues… who continue to encourage and support me to dream big.”

She also said her parents helped instill intense enthusiasm, energy and a love for life at a young age.

Ms. Ransom, for one, knows the important impact professionals like Ms. Inie-Richards can make for their business and clients, both young and young-at-heart.

“We want everyone to know that our school identifies, employs and nurtures the professional development of Katie and other talented individuals like her. She stands for excellence, community engagement and creativity – just as do her faculty and staff colleagues at the Music School.”

Success won’t end with this award, Ms. Inie-Richards said. After all, she is one of the “Best 40 under 40.”

“I hope to continue to be innovative and successful in the field of music,” she said, adding that success, to her, means “[waking] up every morning and [being] excited and proud of what you do in the world.”

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