213 QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®

Recipient and Finalists to Receive Cash Honorariums, with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts,  Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys

Third Annual Award will be Presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during GRAMMY® Week 2016

WHO:            

A total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy®and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Nominations for the 2017 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

WHAT:          

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K 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 GRAMMY Week 2016.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could 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 will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to host city of the GRAMMY Awards® to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching 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.

WHEN:          

A complete list of quarterfinalists is below. The semifinalists will be announced in September. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.  

NameSchool NameCity State
Diane AbrahamianPenfield High SchoolPenfieldN.Y.
Greg AdamsonLadera Vista Junior High School of the ArtsFullertonCalif.
Christopher AlbertsThe School Without WallsWashington, D.C. 
Corey AmesLoyola AcademyWilmetteIll.
Bonnie AndersonCoronado Village Elementary Universal CityTexas
Kathy AndersonHighlands High SchoolFort ThomasKy.
Neil AndersonMurrieta Valley High SchoolMurrietaCalif.
Bob AthaydeStanley Middle SchoolLafayetteCalif.
Walter AvellanedaJohn F. Kennedy High SchoolBellmoreN.Y.
David BachartNew Hope-Solebury High SchoolNew HopePa.
Patricia BalmerEdna High SchoolEdnaTexas
Michael BastoneDivision Avenue High SchoolLevittownN.Y.
Jeffrey BeckValley Center Middle SchoolValley CenterCalif.
Kenneth BedwellAndrews High SchoolAndrewsS.C.
Jeff BehrensRichland Center High SchoolRichland CenterWis.
Brian BershYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVa.
Patrick BlackburnSherwood Githens Middle SchoolDurhamN.C.
John BlickwedehlWest Seneca West High SchoolWest SenecaN.Y.
Stephen BloomLynnfield Middle SchoolLynnfieldMass.
Jennifer BoiceCashell Elementary SchoolRockvilleMd.
Benny BoldenEstero High SchoolEsteroFla.
Gwendolyn BrazierBarnette Magnet SchoolFairbanksAlaska
Angelica BrooksBenjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts AcademyMorningsideMd.
Christopher BrownSharon ElementaryCharlotteN.C.
Debra Burnell-WisePleasure Ridge Park High SchoolLouisvilleKy.
Aaron BushPollard Middle SchoolNeedhamMass.
Lisa ButtsHanford West High SchoolHanfordCalif.
Elizabeth CadiganNancy Gomes Elementary SchoolRenoNev.
Mark CampaynoBroad Run High SchoolAshburnVa.
Joel CarleWindsor High SchoolWindsorN.Y.
Ben CaseNorthwood High SchoolIrvineCalif.
Brian CaseyBrazoswood High SchoolCluteTexas
Caleb ChapmanPioneer High School for the Performing ArtsAmerican ForkUtah
Juan ChattahFrost School of MusicCoral GablesFla.
Brent ChiarelloCold Spring Harbor Junior-Senior High SchoolCold Spring HarborN.Y.
Joyce ClickNorth Central High SchoolIndianapolisInd.
Steve ConnellMOC-Floyd Valley Senior High SchoolOrange CityIowa
Russell CooperHenry County High School New CastleKy.
James CottoneBayport/Blue Point High SchoolBayportN.Y.
Mark CurryClarke County High SchoolBerryvilleVa.
Mike DanaFresno City CollegeFresnoCalif.
Steven DeCrowLewisville High SchoolLewisvilleTexas
Jason DeGroffUniversity of New HavenWest HavenConn.
Jamal DickersonCreative Arts Morgan Village AcademyCamden N.J.
Martin DickeyNation Ford High SchoolFort MillS.C.
Carol DoemelLassiter High SchoolMariettaGa.
Christopher DollarFishers Island SchoolFishers IslandN.Y.
Stephanie DrawdyColleton County High SchoolWalterboroS.C.
Lee DukeFloral Park Memorial High SchoolFloral ParkN.Y.
Mark DukerWaubonsie Valley High SchoolAuroraIll.
Eric EaksCollege Station High SchoolCollege StationTexas
Charles EbersoleFleetwood Area High SchoolFleetwoodPa.
Richard EnglandFreed-Hardeman UniversityHendersonTenn.
Jacob EzzoSouth Orange Middle SchoolSouth OrangeN.J.
Stephanie FailleLacey Township High SchoolLanoka HarborN.J.
Melodie FairELCO Middle SchoolMyerstownPa.
Matt FalkerMiraCosta CollegeOceansideCalif.
Krista FanningCaddo Middle MagnetShreveportLa.
Anne FennellMission Vista High SchoolOceansideCalif.
Geneva FitzsimondsSouth View Middle SchoolEdinaMinn.
John FloraFranklin L. Williams Middle School #7Jersey CityN.J.
Adria FrancaniP.S. 253BrooklynN.Y.
Doreen FrylingSouth Side High SchoolRockville CentreN.Y.
Molly FullertonMayfield Woods Middle SchoolElkridge Md.
Frank GawleWilton High SchoolWiltonConn.
Chris GleasonPatrick Marsh Middle SchoolSun PrairieWis.
Justin GlodichEldred Junior Senior High SchoolEldredN.Y.
Julian GonzalezLilburn Middle SchoolLilburnGa.
Vivian GonzalezSouth Miami K-8 CenterMiamiFla.
Steve GorringeDecatur High SchoolFederal WayWash.
Martha GrenerWest Genesee Middle SchoolCamillusN.Y.
Alan GuckianEastside Memorial High SchoolAustinTexas
Keith HancockTesoro High SchoolRancho Santa MargaritaCalif.
Elizabeth HankinsLakewood High SchoolLakewoodOhio
Ron HardinPapillion-La Vista South High SchoolPapillionNeb.
Bethany HardwickDowning Middle SchoolFlower MoundTexas
Rodney HarshbargerOld Kings Elementary SchoolFlagler BeachFla.
Daniel HarveySeminole Ridge Community High School LoxahatcheeFla.
Kristen HillNiagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High SchoolNiagara FallsN.Y.
Judy HilliardEasley Year-Round Magnet Elementary School DurhamN.C.
Peter HolsbergThe Berkeley Carroll SchoolBrooklynN.Y.
Brian IngelsonPalm Springs High SchoolPalm SpringsCalif.
Kathryn IngersonThousand Islands High/ Middle SchoolClaytonN.Y.
Brandi JasonLiberty High SchoolEldersburgMd.
Daniel JensenLiberty High School PeoriaAriz.
Marshall JonesSmith River SchoolSmith RiverCalif.
Chase JordanMacGregor Elementary SchoolHoustonTexas
Clifford JourdanKaskaskia CollegeCentraliaIll.
David JumperMarywood UniversityScrantonPa.
Damien KaplanSpringfield High SchoolSpringfieldIll.
Randy KapralickUniversity of the ArtsPhiladelphia Pa.
Dr. Daniel KieneRichmond Hill High SchoolRichmond HillGa.
James KusserowPorterville High SchoolPortervilleCalif.
Roxann LahcanskiBay Trail Middle SchoolPenfieldN.Y.
Sharon LairdOak Grove High SchoolHattiesburgMiss.
Dana LandryUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeleyColo.
Jacqueline LangleyHaverford Middle SchoolHavertown Pa.
Mark LaughlinGeorgia Southwestern State UniversityAmericusGa.
Brian LeisherBruning-Davenport USDBruningNeb.
Ollie LiddellMemphis Central High SchoolMemphisTenn.
Jarrett LipmanClaudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High SchoolSan AntonioTexas
Miroslav LoncarPark View High SchoolSterlingVa.
Kathryn LotockyFort Lauderdale High SchoolFort LauderdaleFla.
Lorraine LynchRoxbury High School SuccasunnaN.J.
Dean MarinoWest Port High SchoolOcalaFla.
Jason MarshallWest Ranch High SchoolStevenson RanchCalif.
Jennifer MaxwellNantucket Community Music CenterNantucketMass.
Richard MaxwellArcadia High SchoolPhoenixAriz.
Anthony MazzocchiMontclair State UniversityMontclairN.J.
Pamela McClainParkersburg High SchoolParkersburgW. Va.
Darren McCoyOak Harbor High SchoolOak HarborWash.
Richard McCreadyRiver Hill High SchoolClarksvilleMd.
Melanie MesianoEast Hampton Middle SchoolEast Hampton N.Y.
Michael MichewiczWellspring Preparatory High SchoolGrand RapidsMich.
Sarah Milazzo-PayneBryan Station Middle SchoolLexingtonKy.
Jody MillerMcCleskey Middle SchoolMariettaGa.
Kevin MillikenEast Juniata High SchoolMcAlistervillePa.
Duane MinnickBriar Woods High SchoolAshburnVa.
David MoellenkampLos Alamitos High SchoolLos AlamitosCalif.
Mark MorelloBristow Middle SchoolBrentwoodCalif.
Sharn MorrowWestminster Choir College of Rider UniversityPrincetonN.J.
Kirt MosierLee's Summit West High SchoolLee's SummitMo.
DiAnne MottOppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central SchoolSt. JohnsvilleN.Y.
Steve MuiseMt. Blue High SchoolFarmingtonMaine
Josh MurrayRio Americano High SchoolSacramentoCalif.
Melton MustafaParkway Middle School of the ArtsLauderhillFla.
Laura NelsonOrangewood Christian SchoolMaitlandFla.
Torrey NewhartAcademy of Arts and AcademicsSpringfieldOre.
Laura-Beth NicholsBethpage ElementaryBethpage Tenn.
Matthew NishimotoCoronado High SchoolHendersonNev.
Edward NorrisGlen Cove High SchoolGlen CoveN.Y.
John OelrichUniversity of Tennessee at MartinMartinTenn.
Bradley OlesenColumbus State UniversityColumbusGa.
Robert ParkerSouth Oldham Middle SchoolCrestwoodKy.
Michael PavlikYork Community High SchoolElmhurstIll.
Mark PerkinsScranton Public SchoolScrantonN.D.
Heather PhilhowerMillstone Township Middle SchoolPerrinevilleN.J.
Leanna Pink-SewellAhern Middle SchoolFoxboroughMass.
Catherine PlichtaPark Place Community Middle School MS K266BrooklynN.Y.
Christine PorterBrooklyn Center SecondaryBrooklyn CenterMinn.
Jay PosteraroMesa Verde Middle SchoolSan DiegoCalif.
Timothy PowellDavidson Fine Arts Magnet SchoolAugustaGa.
Penelope QuesadaLincoln ElementaryLouisvilleKy.
Rosa RabinovichNorman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8Sunny Isles BeachFla.
Amy RangelGlendale High SchoolGlendaleCalif.
Marc RatnerMineola High SchoolGarden City ParkN.Y.
Kara RavinaLas Lomas High SchoolWalnut Creek Calif.
Ulli ReinerPoway Unified School DistrictSan Marcos Calif.
Joseph RenardoIndian Trail Elementary SchoolFrankfortIll.
Phillip RiggsNorth Carolina School of Science and MathematicsDurhamN.C.
Brian RoelandtFitzgerald High SchoolWarrenMich.
Matthew RotjanSouth Orangetown Middle SchoolBlauveltN.Y.
Thomas RuggieriBoardman High SchoolYoungstownOhio
Christopher RustSunset High SchoolPortlandOre.
Joseph RutkowskiJohn L. Miller-Great Neck North High SchoolGreat NeckN.Y.
Kenny SackMary Kay McMillin SchoolBerkeley HeightsN.J.
Melissa SalgueroP.S. 48 Joseph R. DrakeBronxN.Y.
Agnieszka SalterForest Lane Community SchoolMontelloWis.
Peter SampsonWhiteland Community High SchoolWhitelandInd.
Wendy SarnoffVenice High SchoolLos AngelesCalif.
Jennifer SchecterMarie Curie Middle School 158 BaysideN.Y.
Susan SchiffmanManchester Elementary Middle SchoolManchesterVt.
Kyle SchoellerNorthside ElementaryRogersArk.
Jacob SeymourLancaster Middle SchoolLancaster N.Y.
Chaz ShipmanFreeport Area Junior High SchoolSarverPa.
Paula SimmonsElwood Junior Senior High SchoolElwoodInd.
Lisa SimoneHooper Avenue ElementaryToms RiverN.J.
Joseph SitlerBrentwood High SchoolBrentwoodN.Y.
Teresa SladeHempstead High SchoolDubuqueIowa
Rachel SlotnickFranklin Academy Boynton BeachBoynton BeachFla.
Kelsey SmithMattawan Middle SchoolMattawanMich.
Matthew SmithAmerican Canyon High SchoolAmerican CanyonCalif.
Michael SmithNyack High SchoolUpper NyackN.Y.
Robert W. SmithTroy UniversityTroyAla.
Nicole SnodgrassCherokee High SchoolMarltonN.J.
Andrea Crisara SnoufferWest Ridge Middle SchoolAustinTexas
Wilbert SolomonMcLean Middle SchoolFort WorthTexas
Kim StampsBelleville East High SchoolBelleville Ill.
Ronnie StanfordBarrow High SchoolBarrowAlaska
Kathy StefaniGrangeville High SchoolGrangevilleIdaho
Amy J. SteinerHillery Park ElementaryBuffaloN.Y.
Don StinsonNaperville North High SchoolNapervilleIll.
Vicky StocktonNew York State School for the Deaf RomeN.Y.
Annette StoneBirch Elementary SchoolNorth OlmstedOhio
Steve SveumSun Prairie High SchoolSun PrairieWis.
Siema SwartzelArnold Memorial Elementary SchoolClevelandTenn.
Bill SwickLas Vegas Academy of the ArtsLas VegasNev.
Eric SwihartMontera Middle SchoolOaklandCalif.
Brayer TeagueDowners Grove North High SchoolDowners GroveIll.
Gregory ThomasAlbemarle High SchoolCharlottesvilleVa.
Tom ThomasMason County Central High SchoolScottvilleMich.
Julie TrentCombs High SchoolSan Tan ValleyAriz.
Barry TrobaughMunford High SchoolMunfordTenn.
Carol TurnerKrum High SchoolKrumTexas
GayLin TutnickSaguaro High SchoolScottsdaleAriz.
David TysonMurray Middle SchoolWilmingtonN.C.
Nana VaughnVeterans Elementary SchoolEllicott CityMd.
Linda VersprilleSangaree Middle SchoolLadsonS.C.
Johnnie WalkerVon Steuben Metropolitan Science CenterChicagoIll.
Jay WardeskaBrunswick High SchoolBrunswickOhio
Kyle WearyBarbara Ingram School for the ArtsHagerstownMd.
Matthew WeaverNorth Houston Early College High SchoolHoustonTexas
Marla WeberEisenhower High SchoolGoddardKan.
Brent WhitakerSoutheast Bulloch High SchoolBrookletGa.
Kristi WicihowskiWest Allis Nathan Hale High SchoolWest AllisWis.
Lois WigginsEdythe J. Hayes Middle SchoolLexingtonKy.
Dustin WileyFirelands High SchoolOberlinOhio
Kelly WinovichNorthgate Middle/Senior High SchoolPittsburghPa.
Elijah WirthPeabody PreparatoryBaltimoreMd.
Marcus WolfeValley Christian Conservatory of the ArtsSan JoseCalif.
Dr. Michael WoodsHamilton CollegeClintonN.Y.
Mark WurtzelPershing Middle SchoolHoustonTexas
Bruce YatesGeneral McLane High SchoolEdinboroPa.
    

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