Music Educator Award™ Semifinalists Announced by The Recording Academy® and Grammy Museum®

SBO Staff • ChoralNews • November 17, 2021

25 Music Teachers From 24 Cities Across 16 States Have Been Selected

A total of 25 music teachers, from 24 cities across 16 states, have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 1,135 initial nominations were submitted from 49 states. Nominations for the 2023 Music Educator Award are now open at

Name                                        School                                                        City                            State
Bonnie Anderson                    Miller’s Point Elementary School        Converse                    TX
Justin Antos                            Dwight D. Eisenhower High School    Frankfort                    IL
Stephen Blanco                      Las Vegas High School                            Las Vegas                   NV
Joshua Boyd                           Newnan High School                               Newnan                      GA
Michael Coelho                       Ipswich High School                               Newburyport             MA
Kyle Cook                               Western Branch Middle School              Portsmouth               VA
Stephen Cox                           Eastland High School                               Eastland                     TX
Cory Joy Craig                        Benton Intermediate School                  Shreveport                 LA
Christine Cumberledge           Central Junior High School                 Euless                          TX
Brandon Elliott                         Moorpark College                                  Moorpark                    CA
Chris Gleason                         Patrick Marsh Middle School                 Sun Prairie                 WI
Sarah Gulish                           Lower Moreland High School                Huntingdon Valley    PA
Ryan Mack                             P.S. 10 Magnet School                               Brooklyn                     NY
Chris Maunu                          Arvada West High School                         Arvada                        CO
Amber Moss                          Lakeside Middle School-Garland County Hot Springs             AR
Trevor Nicholas                       Nicholas Senn High School                      Chicago                     IL
Zachary Pitt-Smith                  Edna Brewer Middle School                    Oakland                    CA
Bethany Robinson                  Noblesville High School                            Noblesville                IN
Yael Rothfeld                          Thurston Elementary School                    Ann Arbor                 MI
Jason Schayot                        Berkner High School                                   Richardson               TX
Matthew Shephard                  Meridian Early College High School     Sanford                      MI
Katie Silcott                             Olentangy Shanahan Middle School       Lewis Center            OH
Matthew Trevino                     Roan Forest Elementary                           San Antonio             TX
Alice Tsui                                New Bridges Elementary                            Brooklyn                    NY
Tammy Yi                               Chapman University                                    Orange                       CA

The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2022.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators.

Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students’ lives. They will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

The finalists will be announced in December. For more information, please visit

Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

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The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic
excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

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