The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Music Educator Awards.
The Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award is presented biennially by the Yale School of Music to participants in the Symposium on Music in Schools. These awards honor fifty music educators from across the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.
This year, 330 educators from 45 U.S. states were nominated to received the award. A panel of music professionals selected fifty teachers, or 15% of all nominees. Three of those selected were nominated by members of the Yale College Class of 1957, which gave its 50th reunion class gift to the School of Music to improve the quality of public education in America.
As in previous years, the Distinguished Music Educators form a diverse group: they come from thirty different states; teach vocal as well as instrumental music across myriad genres; and work at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in urban, rural, and suburban school districts. The selected educators will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools. They will be joined at the Symposium by the music teachers in the New Haven Public Schools.
This year’s Symposium will feature a keynote address by education journalist John Merrow. Participants will attend a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and will be invited to a talk by Ma, presented in conjunction with the Silk Road Ensemble by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.