Music Educator Awards

Annual CSO Music Educator Awards


2021 Music Educator Awards

at Picnic with the Pops

Friday, July 30, 2021


Come celebrate and help us recognize our 2020 & 2021 Music Educator Award winners at Picnic with the Pops! Join us in honoring these wonderful educators with dinner catered by City Barbeque, concert with the Ohio State Marching Band, and topped off by post-concert fireworks!

Gates open at 6 pm. Dinner served at 6:30. Recognition and Concert begins at 8 pm. 

Table Seating

Table seats are available for purchase for $70.00 each. Each table can accommodate up to 10 guests. Catering for each table will be provided by City Barbeque. For more information or to purchase table seats, call 614-469-0939 or email 

Lawn Seating
Discounted general admission lawn tickets are $30.00 in advance. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10.50. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939 or online at

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.

Food & Beverage Policy
Patrons may bring their own food and beverages. For Picnic concerts only, patrons are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on-site.




2021 Music Educator Award Winners













To see a list of past award recipients, CLICK HERE.




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

*  Private/Community Educator         *  Lifetime Achievement

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. The nomination process takes place from January 25-March 5. For additional information, please call (614) 221-4916.