NAfME Members Make Up the Lion’s Share of 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists


The GRAMMY Foundation has announced 213 quarter-finalists for the 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™ , and of that number, 122 are members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In all, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from each of the 50 states. From elementary general music teachers to band directors, choral conductors, string teachers, and college professors, NAfME congratulates these talented, dedicated music teachers.

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The GRAMMY Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award) during 2016 GRAMMY Week.

The 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Quarter-Finalists (NAfME members indicated with an *) are:

Kenny Sack, Mary Kay McMillin School, Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Susan Schiffman, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Manchester, Vt.

Kyle Schoeller, Northside Elementary, Rogers, Ark.

*Jacob Seymour Lancaster Middle School Lancaster, N.Y.

Chaz Shipman, Freeport Area Junior High School, Sarver, Pa.

Paula Simmons, Elwood Junior -Senior High School, Elwood, Ind.

*Lisa Simone, Hooper Avenue Elementary, Toms River, N.J.

*Joseph Sitler, Brentwood High School, Brentwood, N.Y.

Teresa Slade, Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa

Rachel Slotnick, Franklin Academy, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Kelsey Smith, Mattawan Middle School, Mattawan, Mich.

Siema Swartzel, Arnold Memorial Elementary School, Cleveland, Tenn.

*Bill Swick, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas, Nev.

*Eric Swihart, Montera Middle School, Oakland Calif.

*Brayer Teague, Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, Ill.

*Gregory Thomas, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Va.

Tom Thomas, Mason County Central High School, Scottville, Mich.

*Julie Trent, Combs High School, San Tan Valley, Ariz.

*Barry Trobaugh, Munford High School Munford, Tenn.

Carol Turner, Krum High School, Krum, Texas

Kelly Winovich, Northgate Middle/Senior High School, Pittsburgh Pa.

Elijah Wirth, Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore, Md.

*Marcus Wolfe, Valley Christian Conservatory of the Arts, San Jose, Calif.

Michael Woods, Hamilton College, Utica N.Y.

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