VMEA Hall of Fame

In 1996, the Vermont Music Educators Association began honoring an outstanding educator with an annual award. Starting in 2001, the VMEA expanded those awards to recognize individuals for contributions to music education in four different ways. The four honors that are considered annually are:

  • Music Educator of the Year for outstanding professionalism and contributions to music education and children - 1 award presented annually
  • Outstanding New Music Educator for impacting music education and children within the first five years of service - 1 award presented annually
  • Special Recognition recognizing music educators, non-music educators, organizations, or individuals (living or deceased, employed or retired) who have made significant contributions to music education in Vermont in the past or present - number of awards determined annually by executive board
  • Veteran Music Educator recognizing music educators with 25 or more years of service to music education and children - no limit to the number of honorees

To nominate people to receive these awards, download the nomination form and submit the completed nomination by September 15th of each school year.

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A list of past honorees appears below.

2015 Awards
Eric Bushey
Music Educator
of the Year
Riley Goodemote
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Bruce McRae
Special Recognition
Frank Whitcomb
Special Recognition
2014 Awards
Steve Rice
Music Educator
of the Year
Stefanie Wiegand
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Tom Cate
Special Recognition
Advance Music
Special Recognition
2013 Awards
Rob Gattie
Music Educator
of the Year
San Gordon
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Paul Rondinone
Special Recognition
Vermont Jazz Ensemble
Special Recognition
2012 Awards
Jane Bouffard
Music Educator
of the Year
Catherine Ott
Joshua Pauly
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Donna Costes
Special Recognition
Bruce McRae
Special Recognition
2011 Awards
Frank Whitcomb
Music Educator
of the Year
Heather Finlayson
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Denis Lambert
Special Recognition
Gary Matthews
Special Recognition
2010 Awards
Jim Derby
Music Educator
of the Year
Ben Potvin
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Verne Colburn
Special Recognition
Rich Davidian
Special Recognition
2009 Awards
Anne Hamilton
Music Educator
of the Year
Chelsie Henderson
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Richard W. Ellis
Special Recognition
Larry Solt
Special Recognition
2008 Awards
Betsy Greene
Music Educator
of the Year
Brent Barnett
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
John Henzel
Special Recognition
Fran LaPlaca
Special Recognition
2007 Awards
Gary Moreau
Music Educator
of the Year
Sarah Helman
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Sandi MacLeod
Special Recognition
2006 Awards
Allyson Ledoux
Music Educator
of the Year
Michael Lenox
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
Christina Toner
Special Recognition
Dr. Morton Gold
Special Recognition
2005 Awards
Vicki Matteson
Music Educator
of the Year
Adam Sawyer
Outstanding New
Music Educator
 
2004 Awards
Music Educator of the YearSusan O'Daniel
Outstanding New Music EducatorMeredith Whitman
Special RecognitionWilliam Lawson
 
2003 Awards
Music Educator of the YearTony Pietricola
Outstanding New Music EducatorAaron Audet
Special RecognitionRotary Club of Newport
Special RecognitionVermont MIDI Project
 
2002 Awards
Music Educator of the YearGene Childers
Outstanding New Music EducatorMatt Tatro
Special RecognitionSteffen Parker
 
2001 Awards
Music Educator of the YearConnie Price
Outstanding New Music EducatorMarc Whitman
Special RecognitionEvelyn Springstead
Special RecognitionSterling Weed
 
2000 Awards
Music Educator of the Year William Bowers
 
1999 Awards
Music Educator of the Year John Padden
 
1998 Awards
Music Educator of the Year Reeta Coughenour
 
1997 Awards
Music Educator of the Year Glory Douglass
 
1996 Awards
Music Educator of the Year Robert Simonds
 
Veteran Music Educators
Bill Bowers
Tom Cate
James Chapman
Gene Childers
Barbara Connelly
Donna Costes
Verne Colburn
Richard Croudis
Rich Davidian
Mitch Davis
Dick Dodd
Pat Evans
Melissa Ewell
Sharon Evans
Peter Gage
Karen Gettel
Glenn Giles
Dr. Morton Gold
Bob Ianni
Glendon Ingalls
Fran LaPlaca
Sandi MacLeod
Vicki Matteson
Bernie Matthews
Bruce McRae
Gary Moreau
Bill Moulton
Andrea Orlyk
Brooke Ostrander
Steffen Parker
Dianne Phillips
Ray Pierce
Tony Pietricola
Paul Rondinone
Ellen Satterthwaite
Larry Solt
Evelyn Springstead
Sterling Weed
Randy Wheeler
If you know of a person whose name should appear above, please send an e-mail message to the VMEA webmaster.
 

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