Semifinalists Announced for First-Ever Music Educator Award

A total of 25 music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 10 finalists will be announced in December.  

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.


FirstLastSchoolCity               State
MichaelAllardHarmony Magnet AcademyPortervilleCA
GregoryBennetMiddletown High SchoolMiddletownNY
LisaBianconiKurn Hattin Homes for ChildrenWestminsterVT
GlenCainGold Trail SchoolRescueCA
CharlesCushineryEd W. Clark High SchoolLas VegasNV
AmyDarbyPhoenixville Area Middle SchoolSchwenksvillePA
AndrewDeNicolaJohn P. Stevens High SchoolMetuchenNJ
LeslieDenningSouth Miami Middle SchoolMiami ShoresFL
MarkDukerNeuqua Valley High SchoolOswegoIL
KristaFanningCaddo Middle MagnetShreveportLA
ElaineGatesC.W. Post–Long Island Uni; NYUCenterportNY
VivianGonzalezSouth Miami K-8 CenterMiamiFL
DeannaJosephGeorgia State UniversityTuckerGA
KentKnappenbergerWestfield Academy & Central School WestfWestfieldNY
KathrineKounsHorizon High SchoolCarmelIN
AnthonyMazzocchiMontclair State UniversityMaplewoodNJ
GlenMcCarthyGeorge Mason UniversityCentrevilleVA
DustinOlsenHot Springs County High SchoolThermopolisWY
SarahPayneBryan Station Middle SchoolLexingtonKY
KathyRohrsChaminade College Preparatory MSWest HillsCA
MichaelSmithNyack High SchoolSpring ValleyNY
KristinaTurpinPinecrest SchoolsSimi ValleyCA
SteveVutsinasGrassfield High SchoolChesapeakeVA
JoWallace-AbbiePlano West Senior High SchoolPlanoTX
Mary JoWestGeorge Mason High SchoolCentrevilleVA

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Kevin Burke

Attended GRAMMY Camp New York 2011, 2012; GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team 2012


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