Music Educator Awards
presented by American Electric Power
sponsored by Kim & Judith Swanson
Established in 1997, the Columbus Symphony’s Music Educator Awards recognize those individuals who instill and inspire a love of music in the children and adults of Central Ohio. The purpose of these annual awards is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education, as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education. One award is honored in each of the following categories:
Elementary Music Educator Secondary Music Educator Community Music Educator
Each Music Educator Award winner receives a monetary grant to be spent at their direction for a broad range of music education endeavors, such as purchasing music, instrument repair, or professional development classes for the educator. For additional information, please call (614) 221-4916.
Nominations may now be submitted online HERE
The recipients of the 2017 Music Educator Awards were honored in April at the annual dinner fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel. CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson acted as emcee for the event. Later in the evening, the winners were presented on the stage of the Ohio Theatre preceding the Columbus Symphony concert. The Music Educator Awards are made possible through the generous support of American Electric Power and Kim & Judith Swanson.
Nominations for the 2018 Music Educator Awards will be open later this fall. Please watch for the announcement on this webpage or Columbus Symphony social media.
Additional 2017 nominees for this award are listed below. To see a list of past award recipients, click here.
2017 Music educator Award winners:
Other nominees included Tino Benedetti (Upper Arlington Schools), Karla Cherwinski (Canal Winchester Schools), Debra Keller-Perry (Columbus City Schools), Becky Ogden (Columbus Montessori Education Center), Lynette Burris (Pleasant Local Schools), Ann Johnson (Whitehall City Schools), Josh Reynolds (Columbus City Schools), Keith Watson (River View Local Schools), Kathy Larkins (Columbus Chorus Sweet Adelines), Catherine Willis(Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra).
Who should be nominated for CSO Music Educator awards?
Nominees should be Music Educators in the Central Ohio region who:
- Make a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds.
- Routinely go "above and beyond the call of duty by extending efforts beyond the classroom.
- Make a significant impact on their community through music education.
- Instill a life-long appreciation of music in their students.
- Inspire students to reach appropriately high levels of musical understanding and ability.
- Demonstrate longevity in the field of music education by their many years of work.