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 must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
2018 Music Educator Award Winners
Elementary Division - Costantino Benedetti, General Music Teacher, Tremont ES, Upper Arlington City Schools
Secondary Division - John Laswell, Director of Bands, Westerville South HS, Westerville City Schools
Community Division - Kathy Larkins, Director, Columbus Chorus Sweet Adelines
The 2018 Music Educator Awards will be presented at the annual dinner fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday, March 17 at 5:30pm. Columbus Symphony musician Steven Wedell will act as emcee for the event. Tickets are $65 and include dinner and the symphony and are available by calling the CSO Education department at 614-221-4916 before March 5. The winners will also be 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.
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.