222 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

 Second Annual Award will be Presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during GRAMMY® Week 2015

WHO:             A total of 222 music teachers from 208 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 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

WHAT:           The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – 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 (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award) during GRAMMY Week 2015.

As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and nine-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also 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. Nominations for the 2016 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.

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

    
NameSchool NameCityState
Keely AbelnFrancis Howell Middle SchoolSaint CharlesMo.
Diane AbrahamianPenfield High SchoolRochesterN.Y.
Steven AccianiDiamond Bar High SchoolDiamond BarCalif.
Phil AgugliaKenmore East High SchoolTonawandaN.Y.
Leslie AlanSouth Miami Middle Community SchoolMiamiFla.
J. Anthony AllenMcNally Smith College of MusicSt. PaulMinn.
Anthony AllmondKaiser High SchoolFontanaCalif.
Anthony AlvaroWest Genesee High SchoolCamillusN.Y.
Corey AmesLoyola AcademyWilmetteIll.
Mark AndersonOswalt K8 AcademyWalnutCalif.
Neil AndersonMurrieta Valley High SchoolMurrietaCalif.
David BachartNew Hope-Solebury High SchoolNew HopePa.
Nancy Maria BalachUniversity of MississippiOxfordMiss.
Mary BartoThe New SchoolNew YorkN.Y.
Graham "Scott"  BartonMoreau Catholic High SchoolHaywardCalif.
Jeff BehrensRichland Center High SchoolRichland CenterWis.
William BennettCane Bay High SchoolSummervilleS.C.
Fritz BenzNorth Smithfield High SchoolNorth SmithfieldR.I.
Jake BergevinEdmonds-Woodway High SchoolEdmondsWash.
Anthony BernhauserPearre Creek Elementary SchoolFranklinTenn.
Rob BlaneyWoodbridge High SchoolIrvineCalif.
Cindy Bradley-CiprianoColonial Road SchoolFranklin LakesN.J.
Gregg BreinbergP.S. 22Staten IslandN.Y.
Timothy BrownFranklin High SchoolReisterstownMd.
Stephanie BrueggemanProgress South Elementary SchoolSt. PetersMo.
Aaron BuckDeWitt Middle SchoolIthacaN.Y.
Jean BurkhartSeymour High SchoolSeymourTenn.
Joe CantaffaHowell High SchoolFarmingdaleN.J.
Otis Carter IIIMoss Point High SchoolMoss PointMiss.
Jared CassedyWindham High SchoolWindhamN.H.
Brandon CattGlenbard East High SchoolLombardIll.
Caleb ChapmanPioneer High School for the Performing ArtsAmerican ForkUtah
Bernie ChavezDeming High SchoolDemingN.M.
Ching-Ming ChengCalifornia State University San MarcosSan MarcosCalif.
Michael ChesterStewarts Creek High SchoolSmyrnaTenn.
Josh ChodoroffWaubonsie Valley High SchoolAuroraIll.
Joseph ChouinardEast Detroit High SchoolEastpointeMich.
Dr. Buddy ClementsWalnut High SchoolWalnutCalif.
Joyce ClickNorth Central High SchoolIndianapolisInd.
Travis CoakleyBiloxi High SchoolBiloxiMiss.
Christy ColburnItawamba Community CollegeFultonMiss.
    
    
NameSchool NameCityState
Mark ColozziCranston High School EastCranstonR.I.
Steve ConnellMoc-Floyd Valley Senior High SchoolOrange CityIowa
Travis Cook Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing ArtsDetroitMich.
Cheryl  CorkranGreenacres Middle SchoolBossier CityLa.
Glenn CowenUpper Moreland High SchoolWillow GrovePa.
Ryan CrabtreeFruita Monument High SchoolFruitaColo.
Charles CushineryEd W. Clark High SchoolLas VegasNev.
Michael DanielsonFirst Avenue Middle SchoolArcadiaCalif.
Adrian DavisRoosevelt High SchoolMinneapolisMinn.
Andy DavisReavis High SchoolBurbankIll.
David DavisHarmony Middle SchoolOverland ParkKan.
Mark De HertoghR.L. Paschal High SchoolFort WorthTexas
David DehnerMonte Vista Christian SchoolWatsonvilleCalif.
Jamal Dickerson Creative Arts Morgan Village AcademyCamdenN.J.
Jeff DoeblerValparaiso UniversityValparaisoInd.
Mark DukerWaubonsie Valley High SchoolAuroraIll.
Terry EberhardtMarriotts Ridge High SchoolMarriottsvilleMd.
Steven EdwardsFalmouth High SchoolFalmouthMass.
Nicholas EfstathiouBay High SchoolPanama CityFla.
Alexandra ErricoSpringdale Elementary SchoolStamfordConn.
Eufemio EscalanteVina Danks Middle SchoolOntarioCalif.
Krista FanningCaddo Middle MagnetShreveportLa.
Michael FanslerWestern Illinois UniversityMacombIll.
Mark FeminoMillis Middle/High SchoolMillisMass.
Anne FennellMission Vista High SchoolOceansideCalif.
John FloraFranklin L. Williams Middle School #7Jersey CityN.J.
Elizabeth FortuneWashington Middle SchoolSeattleWash.
Desiree Fowler Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing ArtsLos AngelesCalif.
Brian GagnonFairview Elementary SchoolAuburnMaine
Michael GarveyLamphere High SchoolMadison HeightsMich.
Sean GavarnyHoboken Charter SchoolHobokenN.J.
Debbie GlickAlexandria Middle SchoolPittstownN.J.
Vivian GonzalezSouth Miami K-8 CenterMiamiFla.
Anthony GoodNicholas Oresko SchoolBayonneN.J.
Johnnie GreenLehman High SchoolKyleTexas
Randy GreenwellLawrence Central High SchoolIndianapolisInd.
Janet GriceFordham High School for the ArtsBronxN.Y.
Melissa Gustafson-HindsO'Fallon Township High SchoolO'FallonIll.
Eric HahnBangor Area High SchoolBangorPa.
Amy HannequinDerby High SchoolDerbyConn.
Aaron HardwickFrank W. Cox High SchoolVirginia BeachVa.
    
NameSchool NameCityState
Rodney HarshbargerOld Kings Elementary SchoolFlagler BeachFla.
Brad HartJohansen High SchoolModestoCalif.
Richard HaufHavre de Grace High SchoolHavre de GraceMd.
Micah HavenMeeker Middle SchoolTacomaWash.
Sheila HeffernonNorthfield Mount Hermon SchoolGillMass.
Lenora Helm HammondsNorth Carolina Central UniversityDurhamN.C.
Michael HendersonChase High SchoolForest CityN.C.
Michael Anthony HernandezPlano Senior High SchoolPlanoTexas
Aaron Hill Sr.Smithfield High SchoolSmithfieldVa.
Michael HoodWissahickon High SchoolAmblerPa.
Robin HopperHomestead Elementary SchoolEagle RiverAlaska
Ronald HornerFrostburg State UniversityFrostburgMd.
Matthew HoweIndio High SchoolIndioCalif.
Frank HudsonBledsoe County High SchoolPikevilleTenn.
Ian HughesVerner ElementaryOakmontPa.
Ralph JacksonBridle Path Elementary SchoolLansdalePa.
Robb JanovJefferson Middle SchoolAlbuquerqueN.M.
Sarah JesterNortheast High SchoolPasadenaMd.
Calvert JohnsonAgnes Scott CollegeDecaturGa.
Curtis JohnsonWest Virginia Wesleyan CollegeBuckhannonW. Va.
D.L. JohnsonNorth Monterey County High SchoolCastrovilleCalif.
Kyle JohnsonJJ Pearce High SchoolRichardsonTexas
Jamie JohnstonCamelback High SchoolPhoenixAriz.
Sean KennedySandy Run Middle SchoolDresherPa.
Demeka KimpsonSedgefield Middle SchoolCharlotteN.C.
Shannon KitelingerSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoCalif.
Anne KlusSt. Paul Academy and Summit SchoolSt. PaulMinn.
Joan KnoernschildGreenfield Middle SchoolEl CajonCalif.
Barry E. KopetzCapital UniversityColumbusOhio
Nancie Kozel-TobisonBarrington High SchoolBarringtonIll.
Gordon KrauspeWheaton Warrenville South High SchoolWheatonIll.
Jacalyn KreitzerCal Poly State UniversitySan Luis ObispoCalif.
Don Krudop Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High SchoolVirginia BeachVa.
John LandersPatch High SchoolAPON.Y.
Mark LaughlinGeorgia Southwestern State UniversityAmericusGa.
David LeachPioneer High SchoolAnn ArborMich.
Ollie  LiddellMemphis Central High SchoolMemphisTenn.
Susanna LoewyKutztown UniversityKutztownPa.
Jason LucianaWilmington High SchoolWilmingtonMass.
Jami LupoldPearl Hall ElementarySouth HoustonTexas
Erik LynchVerona High SchoolVeronaN.J.
    
NameSchool NameCityState
Mark  LynnUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleKy.
Fernando Malvar-RuizAmerican Boychoir SchoolPrincetonN.J.
Dean MarinoWest Port High SchoolOcalaFla.
Stevi MarksGlenbrook South High SchoolGlenviewIll.
Christine Martin-BeutnerSam Houston Elementary SchoolDentonTexas
Richard MaxwellArcadia High SchoolPhoenixAriz.
James McCrannGarden City High SchoolGarden CityN.Y.
Lisa McCutchanSandra Day O'Connor High SchoolHelotesTexas
Shawna MendezThe Manning SchoolGoldenColo.
Carlos Mendez Jr.Fayetteville-Manlius High SchoolManliusN.Y.
Andrea MeyersDouglas County High SchoolCastle RockColo.
Jonathan MeyersP.S. 182Q  Samantha SmithJamaicaN.Y.
Duane MinnickBriar Woods High SchoolAshburnVa.
Patrick MitchellCameron Park ElementaryHillsboroughN.C.
Charles MorganJoliet Junior CollegeJolietIll.
Melissa  MorrisCSI High School for International StudiesStaten IslandN.Y.
Mark MrazJohn Metcalf Junior High SchoolBurnsvilleMinn.
Melton MustafaParkway Middle School of the ArtsLauderhillFla.
Kim Neu Julia R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration SchoolPhiladelphiaPa.
Torrey NewhartAcademy of Arts and AcademicsSpringfieldOre.
Matthew NeylonRockford Christian SchoolsRockfordIll.
Pablo OcanasPine Shadows ElementaryHoustonTexas
Michael OrtizBellalago AcademyKissimmeeFla.
Frank OwensCentennial Lane Elementary SchoolEllicott CityMd.
Thomas PasterNorthern Highlands Regional High SchoolAllendaleN.J.
Sarah PayneBryan Station Middle SchoolLexingtonKy.
Andrew PerkinsFenton High SchoolFentonMich.
Cynthia  PlankBeaumont Middle SchoolPortlandOre.
Linette Popoff-ParksMadonna UniversityLivoniaMich.
Richard PopolizioPark Ridge Middle/High SchoolPark RidgeN.J.
Jay PosteraroMesa Verde Middle SchoolSan DiegoCalif.
Deborah PratherBrownsburg High SchoolBrownsburgInd.
Edward ProtzmanBlue Valley SouthwestOverland ParkKan.
Rosa RabinovichNorman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8Sunny IslesFla.
Michael RaiberOklahoma City UniversityOklahoma CityOkla.
Mary RaymondImmaculate High SchoolDanburyConn.
Debra ReillySpringhouse Middle SchoolAllentownPa.
Shawn ReynoldsHowland Middle SchoolWarrenOhio
Jim RiceInglemoor High SchoolKenmoreWash.
Erich RiveroGlades Middle SchoolMiamiFla.
John RobertsMontana State University BillingsBillingsMont.
    
NameSchool NameCityState
Brian RoelandtFitzgerald High SchoolWarrenMich.
Robin RogersCharleston School of the ArtsCharlestonS.C.
Kathy RohrsChaminade College Preparatory Middle SchoolChatsworthCalif.
Don  RoseCurtis Senior High SchoolUniversity PlaceWash.
Mara RoseFleming Island High SchoolOrange ParkFla.
Susan RydzeskiEast Islip High SchoolIslip TerraceN.Y.
Melissa SalgueroP.S. 48 Joseph R. DrakeHunts PointN.Y.
Peter SampsonWhiteland Community High SchoolWhitelandInd.
Jesse SanchezWestmont High SchoolCampbellCalif.
Scott SchleuterPerrysburg High SchoolPerrysburgOhio
Glen SchneiderMetea Valley High SchoolAuroraIll.
Adam SchultheisFremont Middle SchoolLas VegasNev.
Calvin  SextonBeltline Elementary SchoolLancasterTexas
Curtis ShawHomestead High SchoolFort WayneInd.
Keven ShepherdMiller Grove High SchoolLithoniaGa.
Chaz ShipmanFreeport Area Senior High SchoolSarverPa.
Karl SiewertsenJohn H. West SchoolBethpageN.Y.
Paula  SimmonsElwood Community High SchoolElwoodInd.
Luke SkerponBellefonte Area High SchoolBellefontePa.
Huber SmithMaplewood Middle SchoolSulphurLa.
Michael  SmithNyack High SchoolNyackN.Y.
Nick SmithHillcrest High SchoolTuscaloosaAla.
Patrick SmithPueblo West High SchoolPueblo Colo.
Ronald SmithNorthfield Mount HermonGillMass.
Andrea Crisara SnoufferWest Ridge Middle SchoolAustinTexas
Wilbert SolomonMcLean Middle SchoolFort WorthTexas
Charles SomechMurrayville ElementaryWilmingtonN.C.
Eric SongerChaska Middle School WestChaskaMinn.
Michael SteeleLake Orion High SchoolLake OrionMich.
Roxanne StevensonChicago State UniversityChicagoIll.
James StoryVolunteer State Community CollegeGallatinTenn.
Brad StoughtonFall Creek High SchoolFall CreekWis.
Daniel  StrangeUniversity of Miami Coral GablesFla.
Jeffrey StreetJesse C. Carson High SchoolChina GroveN.C.
Michael StruzikBrighton High SchoolRochesterN.Y.
Loy StuderS. H. Rider High SchoolWichita FallsTexas
Siema SwartzelArnold Memorial Elementary SchoolClevelandTenn.
Jennifer TheisenHowell L. Watkins Middle SchoolPalm Beach GardensFla.
Matthew ThomasRiver Trail Middle SchoolJohns CreekGa.
Vann ThorntonSavannah Arts AcademySavannahGa.
Amber TurcottTarpon Springs Middle SchoolTarpon SpringsFla.
Vincent TurturielloScotch Plains Fanwood High SchoolScotch PlainsN.J.
    
NameSchool NameCityState
Josh TyreeLiberty Middle SchoolCummingGa.
Matt VanacoroFox Lane Middle SchoolMt. KiscoN.Y.
Amy VanekClarksburg High SchoolClarksburgMd.
Micah VolzSaint Clair High SchoolSt. ClairMich.
Ashley "AJ"  WalkerLinden Hall SchoolLititzPa.
Kristen WalterDana Elementary SchoolHendersonvilleN.C.
Jay WardeskaBrunswick High SchoolBrunswickOhio
Fred WengerEast Middle SchoolGreat FallsMont.
Ken WieleIndian Trail High School and AcademyKenoshaWis.
Dustin WileyFirelands High SchoolOberlinOhio
Diana Wiley-HarriganSauk Elementary SchoolRichton ParkIll.
Katie WilsonCathedral Catholic High SchoolSan DiegoCalif.
Kelly WinovichNorthgate Middle and Senior High SchoolPittsburghPa.
Mark WurtzelPershing Middle SchoolHoustonTexas
James WynneJefferson Township High SchoolOak RidgeN.J.
Danny YanceyMartin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle SchoolRaleigh

N.C.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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