Finalists for the 2018 Music Educator of the Year Award (in no particular order):

  • Richard Kibler – Lake Local Schools
  • Heather Cooper – Canton Country Day School
  • Cynthia Grove – Jackson Local Schools
  • Ralena Dahlheimer – Canton City Schools
  • Brian Kieffer – Plain Local Schools
  • Amy Bush – Canton Local Schools
  • Michele Monigold – Jackson Local Schools
  • Mindy Domer – Carrollton Exempted Village Schools
  • Beth Polen – Perry Local Schools
  • Susan Michaels – Alliance City Schools

The 2017-18 Music Educator of the Year Award will be presented by Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the March 3, 2018 MasterWorks concert. The honored Music Educator will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community. All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration. The nominee must be a licensed Music Educator in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center. Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible. The honored Music Educator will receive an award of $500 to be used at their discretion. Former recipients are not eligible to win the award in consecutive years.

Award Characteristics:
The purpose of this annual event is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education. Nominees should be music educators who:

  • make a lasting difference in the lives of students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities;
  • routinely “go above and beyond the call of duty” by extending efforts with students outside the classroom;
  • make a significant impact on their community through music education;
  • inspire students to reach appropriately high levels of musical understanding and ability;
  • instill a lifelong appreciation of music in their students.