N.C. Symphony now accepting nominations for esteemed educator awards

From the press release:

RALEIGH, N.C.—Nominations are currently being accepted for a pair of esteemed educator awards presented annually by the North Carolina Symphony, the orchestra announced today.

North Carolina students, parents, colleagues and community members can recommend their local music teacher for the 2012 Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator and Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement now through Tuesday, May 1.

Download the application to nominate a local music teacher who has made a difference under “Competitions & Awards” at www.ncsymphony.org/educationprograms or contact Symphony Director of Education Jessica Myers at jmyers@ncsymphony.org or 919.789.5461. One application applies to both awards.

The Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator celebrates a North Carolina music teacher who makes a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds, serves the community in an exemplary manner as a role model in music education, instills a love for music in children and inspires students to reach appropriately high musical standards.

The $1,000 recognition is made in honor of Maxine Swalin, wife of Dr. Benjamin Swalin, North Carolina Symphony music director from 1939 to 1972. Together they lobbied for the passage of North Carolina Senate Bill No. 248, “The Horn Tootin’ Bill,” providing state financial support for the Symphony’s education program, and in 1945 established the children’s concert division of the Symphony. Over 60 years later, the North Carolina Symphony’s education program remains one of the finest and most extensive in the country, bringing free live symphonic music to school children across the state.

In 2009, the Symphony created a new prize, the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement, to be granted in the years in which a strong second candidate for the Swalin Award demands recognition. The prize, which includes a $500 recognition, is named after the Symphony’s former director of education, in honor of his longstanding service to the students of North Carolina.

Jonathan Beal, music specialist at Collettsville School in Collettsville, N.C., and Eugene Cottrell of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C., were last year’s winners of the Swalin and Parkhurst Awards, respectively.

For complete information on the Symphony’s music education offerings for young students, adult learners and teachers, visit www.ncsymphony.org/educationprograms.

About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.


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