290 Quarterfinalists Selected For 2017 Music Educator Award

A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 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, the recipient will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017.

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. The fourth annual honoree will be flown to the host city of the GRAMMY Awards to be recognized during GRAMMY Week 2017. The recipient will also attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Fifteen semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and the National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

A full list of quarterfinalists is below. The semifinalists will be announced in September.  

NameSchool NameCityState
Diane AbrahamianPenfield High SchoolPenfieldN.Y.
Darryl AbrahamsonLongmont High SchoolLongmontColo.
Greg AdamsonLadera Vista Junior High School of the ArtsFullertonCalif.
Victoria AlaimoValley Stream Memorial Junior High SchoolValley StreamN.Y.
Ruben AlcalaMayde Creek High SchoolHoustonTexas
Michael AlexanderCollinsville Middle SchoolCollinsvilleIll.
Anthony AllmondKaiser High SchoolFontanaCalif.
Corey AmesLoyola AcademyWilmetteIll.
Christopher AndersonDon Riggio SchoolStocktonCalif.
Jared BaderEagle College Prepatory SchoolsPhoenixAriz.
Stewart BaileyCarl Sandburg High SchoolOrland ParkIll.
Natalie BakerMissoula International SchoolMissoulaMont.
Laurence BallereauSyosset High SchoolSyossetN.Y.
Jacob BandaPalmview High SchoolMissionTexas
Tony BarkleySands MontessoriCincinnatiOhio
Eugene BarrettSmith Middle SchoolFort HoodTexas
Jacob BartlettPeru State CollegePeruNeb.
Kristina BeachellSedona Charter SchoolSedonaAriz.
Kenneth BedwellSt. James High SchoolMurrells InletS.C.
Jeff BehrensRichland Center High SchoolRichland CenterWis.
Ken BermanBentley SchoolLafayetteCalif.
Hristo BirbochukovNew Orleans Center for Creative Arts New OrleansLa.
Patrick BlackburnSherwood Githens Middle SchoolDurhamN.C.
John BlickwedehlWest Seneca West Senior High SchoolWest SenecaN.Y.
Stephen BloomLynnfield Middle SchoolLynnfieldMass.
Michael BlosteinAverill Park High SchoolAverill ParkN.Y.
Mike BogleCedar Valley CollegeLancasterTexas
Joe BongioviPrinceton High SchoolPrincetonN.J.
Jenny BonnerWaverly High SchoolLansingMich.
Dr. Oliver BooneStrayer UniversityColumbusGa.
Faye BoyerLake Joy Primary SchoolWarner RobinsGa.
Erica BreitbarthReagan IB High SchoolMilwaukeeWis.
Charles BriemHarrison High SchoolHarrisonN.Y.
Christopher BrownSharon Elementary SchoolCharlotteN.C.
Jessie BullockCarlsbad High SchoolCarlsbadCalif.
Robert BullockCarlsbad High SchoolCarlsbadCalif.
Deanna BurrowsCass Technical High SchoolDetroitMich.
Bobbe ButlerMerritt Island High SchoolMerritt IslandFla.
Gene ButlerTrinity Presbyterian SchoolMontgomeryAla.
Meghan CabralGeorge Fischer Middle SchoolCarmelN.Y.
Matthew CarraherCentral Dauphin High SchoolHarrisburgPa.
Tiffany CarricoFred T. Korematsu Middle SchoolEl CerritoCalif.
Kiyoshi CarterWestern Guilford High SchoolGreensboroN.C.
Ben CaseNorthwood High SchoolIrvineCalif.
Michael ChoateCookeville High SchoolCookevilleTenn.
John ChurchvilleGo Like The Wind Montessori SchoolAnn ArborMich.
Joyce ClickNorth Central High SchoolIndianapolisInd.
Jason CoomesColorado Early CollegesFort CollinsColo.
James Russell CooperHenry County High School & Middle SchoolNew CastleKy.
Brandon CrawfordPrinceton High SchoolPrincetonIll.
Charles CushineryEd W. Clark High SchoolLas VegasNev.
Darnella DavidsonSan Pedro High SchoolSan PedroCalif.
Adrian DavisRoosevelt High SchoolMinneapolisMinn.
Ryan DawleyJames R. Geisler Middle SchoolWalled LakeMich.
Derek DeakinsWando High SchoolMount PleasantS.C.
Michael DeaseMichigan State UniversityEast LansingMich.
David DehnerMonte Vista Christian SchoolWatsonvilleCalif.
Jose DiazMacArthur High SchoolEast AldineTexas
Christopher DollarFishers Island SchoolFishers IslandN.Y.
Emmett DrakeHall High SchoolWest HartfordConn.
Dale DuncanHenderson Middle SchoolAtlantaGa.
Ray EaryChoctaw High SchoolChoctawOkla.
Craig EdgarThe Village SchoolHoustonTexas
Bradley ElstoneHazel Park High SchoolHazel ParkMich.
Richard EnglandFreed-Hardeman UniversityHendersonTenn.
Ralph EwellVista High SchoolVistaCalif.
Jessica FainTioga Junior High SchoolBallLa.
Krista FanningCaddo Middle MagnetShreveportLa.
Denise Favela-ApodacaColorado State UniversityFort CollinsColo.
Geneva FitzsimondsSouth View Middle SchoolEdinaMinn.
John FloraFranklin L. Williams Middle School #7Jersey CityN.J.
Jennifer FloydMcEachern High SchoolPowder SpringsGa.
Eugene FriesenBerklee College of MusicBostonMass.
Molly FullertonMayfield Woods Middle School/Deep Run Elementary SchoolElkridgeMd.
Loren GamarraValley View High SchoolMoreno ValleyCalif.
Jennifer GibsonHayesville High SchoolHayesvilleN.C.
Sherry GillumSullivan North High SchoolKingsportTenn.
Chris GleasonPatrick Marsh Middle SchoolSun PrairieWis.
David GluckIdaho Arts Charter SchoolNampaIdaho
Vivian GonzalezSouth Miami K–8 CenterMiamiFla.
Keith GoodrichElk Ridge Middle SchoolSouth JordanUtah
Steve GorringeDecatur High SchoolFederal WayWash.
Deana GrahamRipley High SchoolRipleyTenn.
Dana GreenNaperville North High SchoolNapervilleIll.
William GriffelPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteInd.
Dr. Roosevelt GriffinGwendolyn Brooks Middle SchoolHarveyIll.
Robert GroganBarber Middle SchoolAcworthGa.
Alan GuckianEastside Memorial High SchoolAustinTexas
Anne GuessWoodcreek Junior High SchoolKatyTexas
Adam GumbleHempfield High SchoolLandisvillePa.
Daniel GutierrezReed Academy Middle SchoolSpringfieldMo.
Robin Haffley Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue BellPa.
Eric HahnBangor Area High SchoolBangorPa.
Kelci HahnHamilton High SchoolLos AngelesCalif.
Keith HancockTesoro High SchoolRancho Santa MargaritaCalif.
Elizabeth HankinsLakewood High SchoolLakewood Ohio
Anne HarrisSomers High SchoolLincolndaleN.Y.
Stanley HarrisPalmer High SchoolPalmerAlaska
Keith Hart Sr.KIPP Believe College PrepNew OrleansLa.
Cheryl HartmanBarton Elementary SchoolPatchogueN.Y.
Chris HathcockC.E. Jordan High SchoolDurhamN.C.
Kevin HebertChapin High SchoolChapinS.C.
Bryan HelselButler Senior High SchoolButlerPa.
Michael HendersonChase High SchoolForest CityN.C.
Brian HensonMurphy Middle SchoolMurphyTexas
Terry HicksR. J. Reynolds High SchoolWinston-SalemN.C.
David HighLithonia High SchoolLithoniaGa.
Kristen HillNiagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High SchoolNiagara FallsN.Y.
Judy HilliardEasley Year-Round Magnet Elementary SchoolDurhamN.C.
Laura HiltonValley Regional High SchoolDeep RiverConn.
Joshua HinkelRiver Bluff High SchoolLexingtonS.C.
Steve HolderRose Bud Jr./Sr. High SchoolRose BudArk.
Steve HolleyKent Denver SchoolEnglewoodColo.
Bill HollinBarbara Ingram School of the ArtsHagerstownMd.
Elaine Holmes-NadeauComsewogue High SchoolPort Jefferson StationN.Y.
Peter HolsbergThe Berkeley Carroll SchoolBrooklynN.Y.
Alan HoodUniversity of Denver Lamont School of MusicDenverColo.
Stephen HuffordCanyon High SchoolCanyon CountryCalif.
Michael HummelFranklin Community High SchoolFranklinInd.
Michael HumphreyNyack High SchoolNyackN.Y.
Robert HunterMesa Community CollegeMesaAriz.
Benjamin HutchensGeorgetown Day SchoolWashingtonD.C.
Matthew HyzerMoorestown High SchoolMoorestownN.J.
Kathryn IngersonThousand Islands High SchoolClaytonN.Y.
Curt IsaksonShelby High SchoolShelbyMich.
Kathryn IwanusaP.S. 11New York N.Y.
Kervens JacksonPiper High SchoolSunriseFla.
Jeffrey JacobsenMansfield University of PennsylvaniaMansfieldPa.
Brandi JasonLiberty High SchoolEldersburgMd.
Gregory JohnsonClio Area High SchoolClioMich.
Kent JohnsonCalifornia High SchoolSan RamonCalif.
Christopher E. JohnstonFairfax High SchoolFairfaxVa.
Shirley JohnstonHirschi High SchoolWichita FallsTexas
Janet JonesFernway Elementary SchoolOrland ParkIll.
Samuel KallaosRuby Major Elementary SchoolNashvilleTenn.
Tom KanwischerPercy Julian Middle SchoolOak ParkIll.
Donna KerrCity Honors SchoolBuffaloN.Y.
Michael KnepperMusselman High SchoolInwoodW.Va.
Aimee KnightFoothill Christian SchoolGlendoraCalif.
Jim KolliasArnold O. Beckman High SchoolIrvineCalif.
Cameron KotovskyCoal City High SchoolCoal CityIll.
Mike KurilkoTrenton High SchoolTrentonMich.
Ron LambertLakewood Ranch High SchoolBradentonFla.
John LandersStuttgart High SchoolAPOAE
Christopher LashleyGlobal Leadership Academy Charter SchoolPhiladelphiaPa.
Christopher LeeDreher High SchoolColumbiaS.C.
Don LeeDeKalb Academy of Technology and EnvironmentStone MountainGa.
Nick LenioBasalt Middle SchoolBasaltColo.
Nick LittleCampbell County High SchoolAlexandriaKy.
Lindsey LoreficeMatawan-Aberdeen Middle SchoolCliffwoodN.J.
Erik LynchVerona High SchoolVeronaN.J.
Thomas MannConsuelo Mendez Middle SchoolAustinTexas
Jean Martin-WilliamsUniversity of GeorgiaAthensGa.
Stan MauldinPecos High SchoolPecosTexas
Chris MaunuArvada West High SchoolArvadaColo.
Eleni MaureasWright Middle School STEAM MagnetLos AngelesCalif.
Rachel MaxwellTraughber Junior High SchoolOswegoIll.
Richard MaxwellArcadia High SchoolPhoenixAriz.
Kevin MazzarellaCarl C. Cutler Middle SchoolMysticConn.
Anthony MazzocchiMontclair State UniversityMontclairN.J.
Pamela McClainParkersburg High SchoolParkersburgW.Va.
Mark McCormickMira Costa High SchoolManhattan BeachCalif.
Darren McCoyOak Harbor High SchoolOak HarborWash.
Richard McCreadyRiver Hill High SchoolClarksvilleMd.
Michael McCulloughPalmdale High SchoolPalmdaleCalif.
Mollie McDougallEdgewood Middle SchoolHighland ParkIll.
Bradley MeholickLe Roy Jr./Sr. High SchoolLe RoyN.Y.
Anthony MerlinoAlbright CollegeReadingPa.
David MerrillLongmont High SchoolLongmontColo.
Jeffrey MeyerSul Ross State UniversityAlpineTexas
Peter MeyerSt. Cloud State UniversitySt. CloudMinn.
Henry MillerSierra Vista Middle SchoolIrvineCalif.
Matthew MirelesCameron UniversityLawtonOkla.
William MolineauxOsceola County School for the ArtsKissimmeeFla.
Dana MonteiroFrederick Douglass AcademyNew York.N.Y.
Walter MuellingKodiak High SchoolKodiakAlaska
Aaron MulderFrederick Intermediate SchoolGrayslakeIll.
Jessica MullenAustin Elementary SchoolMemphisTexas
Patrick MurphyMaysville High SchoolZanesvilleOhio
Melton MustafaParkway Middle School of the ArtsLauderhillFla.
Laura NelsonOrangewood Christian SchoolMaitlandFla.
Richard NickersonWindham High SchoolWindhamMaine
Matthew NishimotoCoronado High SchoolHendersonNev.
Jill NoerenbergDuxbury High SchoolDuxburyMass.
JoAnne NolemiTottenville High SchoolStaten IslandN.Y.
Tim OrmsbeeIronwood High SchoolGlendaleAriz.
Dee Dee PaakkariJohn Marshall High SchoolLos AngelesCalif.
Shing PalaganoTenoroc High SchoolLakelandFla.
Scott PalmerEden Prairie High SchoolEden PrairieMinn.
Michael ParsonsBriarcrest Christian SchoolEadsTenn.
Michael PavlikYork Community High SchoolElmhurstIll.
Parks PaytonLakeshore Middle SchoolGrand HavenMich.
Christopher PerezFreedom High SchoolOrlandoFla.
Joseph PerrinoTenth Street ElementaryOakmontPa.
Jordan PetersPeople's Prepatory Charter SchoolNewarkN.J.
Darren PettitUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaNeb.
Elizabeth PichicheroValley Stream South High SchoolValley StreamN.Y.
Catherine PlichtaPark Place Community Middle School 266BrooklynN.Y.
Jason PowellPalm Springs High SchoolPalm SpringsCalif.
Gilles PugatchThe Masters SchoolDobbs FerryN.Y.
Brian QuerryCharles A. Huston Middle SchoolLower BurrellPa.
Rosa RabinovichNorman. S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8Sunny Isles BeachFla.
Ian RamseyNorth Yarmouth AcademyYarmouthMaine
Amy RangelGlendale High SchoolGlendaleCalif.
Marc RatnerMineola High SchoolGarden City ParkN.Y.
Lance RauhDelaware Valley High SchoolMilfordPa.
Wilbert RawlinsLandry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High SchoolNew OrleansLa.
Arthur RayGEE White AcademyDetroitMich.
Jeffery ReddingWest Orange High SchoolWinter GardenFla.
Katharine ReedDurango High SchoolDurangoColo.
Ulli ReinerBernardo Heights and Twin Peaks Middle SchoolsPowayCalif.
Joe RenardoIndian Trail Elementary SchoolFrankfortIll.
Craig RetzlaffCentral Academy of Technology and ArtsMonroeN.C.
Cody RobertsGuntown Middle SchoolGuntownMiss.
Brian RoelandtFitzgerald High SchoolWarrenMich.
Alexander RoffYoung Women's Leadership School of QueensQueensN.Y.
Peter RogineFive Towns CollegeDix HillsN.Y.
Matthew RotjanSouth Orangetown Middle School/Cottage Lane Elementary SchoolBlauveltN.Y.
James RunfolaErie Community CollegeWilliamsvilleN.Y.
Keavon RunnelsStephen F. Austin High SchoolHoustonTexas
Brian RussellUniversity of Miami, Frost School of MusicCoral GablesFla.
Joseph RutkowskiJohn L. Miller-Great Neck North High SchoolGreat NeckN.Y.
Melissa SalgueroP.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary SchoolBronxN.Y.
Peter SampsonWhiteland Community High SchoolWhitelandInd.
William Brian SandersChatsworth SchoolReisterstownMd.
Bret SchererHighland High SchoolPocatelloIdaho
Danielle SchmittRoland Park Elementary/Middle SchoolBaltimoreMd.
Adam SchneblinEast Peoria Community High SchoolEast PeoriaIll.
Jesse ScottBrandeis MarinSan RafaelCalif.
Martin SeggelkeIllinois State University - School of MusicNormalIll.
Teren ShafferOrange County School of the ArtsSanta AnaCalif.
Samuel ShinglesPaxton School for Advanced StudiesJacksonvilleFla.
Karl SiewertsenJohn H. West Elementary SchoolBethpageN.Y.
Trey SkaggsChrist Church Episcopal SchoolGreenvilleS.C.
Joani SlawsonSaturn Elementary SchoolCocoaFla.
Nathan SlettenEarlham Community SchoolsEarlhamIowa
Jason SmithNewton High SchoolCovingtonGa.
Mickey SmithMaplewood Middle SchoolSulphurLa.
Robert W. SmithTroy University School of MusicTroyAla.
Jeffrey SnedekerCentral Washington UniversityEllensburgWash.
Larry SniderThe University of Akron School of MusicAkronOhio
Jennifer SnodgrassAppalachian State UniversityBooneN.C.
Nicole SnodgrassCherokee High SchoolMarltonN.J.
Mark SnyderUniversity of Mary WashingtonFredericksburgVa.
Eric SongerChaska Middle School WestChaskaMinn.
Todd StefanNorth Allegheny Senior High SchoolWexfordPa.
Kathy StefaniGrangeville High SchoolGrangevilleIdaho
Asa SternLivermore Valley Charter SchoolLivermoreCalif.
MaryElla StevensLola Mae Carter Academy for the Performing Arts HoustonTexas
Timothy StevensonBrookville Area High SchoolBrookvillePa.
Don StinsonNaperville North High SchoolNapervilleIll.
Vicky StocktonNew York State School for the DeafRomeN.Y.
David StringhamJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgVa.
Jamie StroffolinoWalter Panas High SchoolCortlandt ManorN.Y.
Erin StroupLower Moreland Twp. High SchoolHuntingdon ValleyPa.
Gary StroupeColleton County Middle SchoolWalterboroS.C.
Nancy StuckArnold O. Beckman High SchoolIrvineCalif.
Anand SukumaranMary Gage Peterson Elementary SchoolChicagoIll.
Michelle SwansonUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsIowa
Siema SwartzelArnold Memorial Elementary SchoolClevelandTenn.
Mike TestaSalem State UniversitySalemMass.
Mark ThomasUpper Perkiomen School DistrictPennsburgPa.
Tom ThomasMason County Central SchoolsScottvilleMich.
Blake ThompsonHarvard Public SchoolsHarvardNeb.
Chris ThompsonCrestview Local SchoolsAshlandOhio
Nicole ThompsonTaylor Road Middle SchoolJohns CreekGa.
Josh ThyeDesert Vista High SchoolPhoenixAriz.
Frank TieriOswego High SchoolOswegoIll.
Christopher ToomeyStewart SchoolGarden CityN.Y.
Patrick ToweyPlattsburgh Senior High SchoolPlattsburghN.Y.
Julie TrentCombs High SchoolSan Tan ValleyAriz.
Lynn TrubyFountain Hills High SchoolFountain HillsAriz.
Raymond UyMemorial Junior SchoolWhippanyN.J.
Kent VandockArchbold High SchoolArchboldOhio
Emily VerdonkAllendale High SchoolAllendaleMich.
Linda VersprilleCane Bay High SchoolSummervilleS.C.
Lance WalkerNorth Mesquite High SchoolMesquiteTexas
Nathaniel WehmeyerMaryville R-IIMaryvilleMo.
Scott WernerCorona del SolTempeAriz.
Mark WherryCollege of Southern NevadaNorth Las VegasNev.
Dustin WileyFirelands High SchoolOberlinOhio
Richie WilliamsParagould High SchoolParagouldArk.
Kelly WinovichNorthgate Middle/Senior High SchoolPittsburghPa.
Gregory WojcikGlenbrook South High SchoolGlenviewIll.
Adalberto YanesDoral Academy Preparatory High SchoolDoralFla.
Reginald YarbroughBessemer City Middle SchoolBessemerAla.
Milas YoesPhoenix CollegePhoenixAriz.
Christopher YoungDavid W. Carter High SchoolDallasTexas
Kevin ZaczkiewiczParkside High SchoolSalisburyMd.
Cory ZilischWestport Middle SchoolLouisvilleKy.

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