A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states
have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

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 have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.

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 six-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current United States 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 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, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops For Education, and Journeys.

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

Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists

Diane Abrahamian

Penfield High School

Penfield, N.Y.

Michael Agidius

McLoughlin High School

Milton-Freewater, Ore.

Michael Allard

Harmony Magnet Academy

Strathmore, Calif.

DJ Alstadt

Naperville Central High School

Naperville, Ill.

Corey Ames

Loyola Academy

Wilmette, Ill.

Samuel Anderson

Rockhurst High School

Kansas City, Mo.

Scott Baeseman

Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake Forest, Ill.

Barbara Baker

McIntosh High School

Peachtree City, Ga.

Dawn Barham

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Columbus, Miss.

Peter Barsch

Oswego East High School

Oswego, Ill.

Carol Beadle

Liberty Corner Elementary School

Liberty Corner, N.J.

Gregory Bennett

Middletown High School

Middletown, N.Y.

Jay Berckley

The Village School


Gary Bernice

Springfield High School of Science and Technology

Springfield, Mass.

Matthew Berthot

Winfield High School

Winfield, Kan.

Lisa Bianconi

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Westminster, Vt.

Logan Biles

Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual, and Performing Arts

Las Vegas

Aron Blanke

Center for Creative Learning

Ellisville, Mo.

Lloyd Bone Jr.

Glenville State College

Glenville, W.Va.

Faye Boyer

Lake Joy Primary School

Warner Robins, Ga.

Jamie Breiwick

Maple Dale School

Fox Point, Wis.

Adam Brennan

Mansfield University

Mansfield, Pa.

Brenda Brenner

Indiana University

Bloomington, Ind.

Dan Brenner

Spring Grove Area High School

Spring Grove, Pa.

Tony Brown

Mehlville High School

St. Louis

Glen Cain

Gold Trail School

Placerville, Calif.

Malena Calle

Southwood Middle School Center for the Arts

Palmetto Bay, Fla.

Brandon Catt

Glenbard East High School

Lombard, Ill.

Jeffrey Cayer

Southwest Middle School

Lakeland, Fla.

Caleb Chapman

Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts

Lehi, Utah

Linda Christensen

Wayne State College

Wayne, Neb.

Gary Coartney

Concord High School

Concord, Calif.

James Compton

Sunset Primary School

West Linn, Ore.

J. Scott Cooksey

Jeffersonville High School

Jeffersonville, Ind.

Tiffany Cox

Calusa Elementary School

Boca Raton, Fla.

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Charles Cushinery

Ed W. Clark High School

Las Vegas

Jetro da Silva

Berklee College of Music


Mark Dahlberg

Fort Myers High School

Fort Myers, Fla.

Amy Darby

Phoenixville Area Middle School

Phoenixville, Pa.

Jim Daughters

Conner Middle School

Hebron, Ky.

Neil Delson

Central Bucks High School West

Doylestown, Pa.

Andrew DeNicola

John P. Stevens High School

Edison, N.J.

Dr. Leslie Anne Denning

South Miami Middle Community School


Martin Dickey

Nation Ford High School

Fort Mill, S.C.

Christopher Dorsey

Dillard Center for the Arts

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mark Duker

Neuqua Valley High School

Naperville, Ill.

Jason Eckl

Sinaloa Middle School

Novato, Calif.

Jan Eddington

Blackfoot High School

Blackfoot, Idaho

Peter Eklund

University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb.

Cuauhtemoc Escobedo

Eckstein Middle School


Aaron Evens

Lawrence County High School

Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Krista Fanning

Caddo Middle Magnet

Shreveport, La.

Adrian Farris

Monroe Elementary School

Janesville, Wis.

Julia Federico

Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School


Cynthia Feeney

Ironia Elementary School

Randolph, N.J.

Megan Franke

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

Las Vegas

Jolene Dalton Gailey

Port Angeles High School

Port Angeles, Wash.

Tiffany Galus

New Prairie High School

New Carlisle, Ind.

Elaine Gates

New York University & LIU Post

New York

Diana Geiger

Boynton Middle School

Ithaca, N.Y.

Michael Genevay

Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies Public School

Metairie, La.

John Gillick

Terrill Middle School

Scotch Plains, N.J.

Chrissy Givan

Iroquois High School

Louisville, Ky.

Vivian Gonzalez

South Miami K-8 Center


Todd Goodman

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

Midland, Pa.

Dakeyan Graham

C. Leon King High School

Tampa, Fla.

Jeff Grant

Prattville High School

Prattville, Ala.

Brenda Gregory

Siegel High School

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Janet Grice

Fordham High School for the Arts

Bronx, N.Y.

Jeffrey Haas

Ridgewood High School

Ridgewood, N.J.

Jeremy Hackworth

Etiwanda High School

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Becky Hall

Smith Road Elementary

North Syracuse, N.Y.

Adam Hallam

Doris French Elementary School

Las Vegas

Zach Halop

Northwood High School

Irvine, Calif.

Mary Halsig

Truesdell Middle School

Wichita, Kan.

Christopher T.F. Hanson

Goodnight Middle School, Miller Middle School, San Marcos High School

San Marcos, Texas

Sky Harris

Chestnut Hill Middle School

Liverpool, N.Y.

Rodney Harshbarger

Old Kings Elementary

Flagler Beach, Fla.

John Harshey

West Oak Middle School

Mundelein, Ill.

Steve Hayes

Roanoke-Benson High School

Roanoke, Ill.

Silvester Henderson

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, Calif.

Micah Hirokawa

Le Jardin Academy

Kailua, Hawaii

Keith Hodgson

Mainland Regional High School

Linwood, N.J.

Johnny Holloway

Evans Middle School

Newnan, Ga.

Michael Hood

Wissahickon High School

Ambler, Pa.

Robin Hopper

Homestead Elementary School

Eagle River, Alaska

Scott Houston

M.B. Lamar High School


Greg Hutchison

Lower Dauphin Middle School

Hummelstown, Pa.

Glendon Ingalls

Rutland Town School

Rutland, Vt.

Roberto Iriarte

Hudson City School District

Hudson, Ohio

Charles Jackson

Dodgen Middle School

Marietta, Ga.

Curtis Johnson

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, W.Va.

Dawn Johnson

KIPP DC: KEY Academy

Washington, D.C.

Brandon Johnson

Wichita Heights High School

Wichita, Kan.

Valerie Jones

Helen B. Duffield Elementary School

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Deanna Joseph

Georgia State University


James Kachulis

Berklee College of Music, NYC Public Schools


Jim Kirkpatrick

West Forsyth High School

Clemmons, N.C.

Barbara Klemp

Chatham High School

Chatham, N.J.

Kent Knappenberger

Westfield Academy and Central School

Westfield, N.Y.

Jamie Knight

Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Jee Yeoun Ko

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

New Orleans

Kathrine Kouns

Horizon High School

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ingrid Kovacs

Canarelli Middle School

Las Vegas

Mark Kraft

South Brunswick High School

Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Gordon Krauspe

Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Wheaton, Ill.

Danielle Krison Hyland

Val Vista Academy

Gilbert, Ariz.

Dana Lamb

Cleveland Elementary School

Fayetteville, Ga.

John Landers

Patch High School


Camilla Larson

Little Falls Community High School 

Little Falls, Minn.

Spencer Lau

Woodruff Middle School

Seabrook, N.J.

Angel Lawrie

Summit Academy Middle School

Akron, Ohio

Rebecca Leonard

Kelly Mill Middle School

Blythewood, S.C.

Jeffrey Link

Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Pittsfield, Mass.

Brian Logan

Wheeling High School

Wheeling, Ill.

Terry Lowry

Oak Mountain Academy

Carrollton, Ga.

Dr. Eva Diane Lyle-Smith

Dr. Brimm Medical Arts High School

Camden, N.J.

Anthony Maiello

George Mason University

Fairfax, Va.

Richard Marchetti

West Warwick High School

West Warwick, R.I.

Dean Marino

West Port High School

Ocala, Fla.

Amy Martin

North Dorchester Middle School

Hurlock, Md.

Mathilda Martin

Broussard Middle School

Broussard, La.

John Mastroianni

William H. Hall High School

West Hartford, Conn.

Donna Mateyka

West Essex Regional Middle School

North Caldwell, N.J.

Kevin Mayse

Riverside City College

Riverside, Calif.

Anthony Mazzocchi

Montclair State University

Montclair, N.J.

Regina McAllen

Howell High School

Farmingdale, N.J.

Ron McBain

Open Magnet Charter School

Los Angeles

Glen McCarthy

George Mason University

Fairfax, Va.

Dawn McInroy

Canisteo Greenwood Central School

Canisteo Greenwood, N.Y.

Theresa McKibben

Edgewood Elementary School

Homewood, Ala.

Dr. Brian McLaughlin

West Milford High School

West Milford, N.J.

Danielle McRoy

Half Hollow Hills High School East

Dix Hills, N.Y.

Rich Medd

West High School

Iowa City, Iowa

Dan Meeks

Shawnee High School

Lima, Ohio

Sonora Mello

Antelope High School

Antelope, Calif.

Justin Merrick

Stax Music Academy

Memphis, Tenn.

Chris Miller

MItchell High School

Mitchell, S.D.

John Mobilio

Waterbury Arts Magnet School

Waterbury, Conn.

Angelo Moreno

Davis Senior High School

Davis, Calif.

Charles Morgan

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, Ill.

Josh Murray

Rio Americano High School

Sacramento, Calif.

Thomas Nagy

Cambria Elementary School

Ebensburg, Pa.

Laura Nelson

Orangewood Christian School

Maitland, Fla.

Stephanie Nelson

Liberty-Eylau High School

Texarkana, Texas

Peter Neu

Pennbrook Middle School

North Wales, Pa.

Todd Nichols

Roxbury High School

Succasunna, N.J.

Richard Nickerson

Windham High School

Windham, Maine

Stephanie Nixdorf

Suncoast Community High School

Riviera Beach, Fla.

Eugene Novotney

Humboldt State University

Arcata, Calif

Dustin Olsen

Hot Springs County High School

Thermopolis, Wyo.

Michael Ortiz

Bellalago Academy

Kissimmee, Fla.

Dee Dee Paakkari

John Marshall High School

Los Angeles

Jeremy Parker

Bixby High School

Bixby, Okla.

Pasquale Pascaretti

Fraser High School

Fraser, Mich.

Ferdinand Pasqua

Harrison High School

Harrison, N.Y.

Sarah Payne

Bryan Station Middle School

Lexington, Ky.

Jerry Phelps

Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School

New York, N.Y.

Vonda Phillips

Mountain View High School

Mt. View, Wyo.

Kenneth Piascik

Black River Middle School

Chester, N.J.

Juan Pineda

Academy for Performing Arts

Scotch Plains, N.J.

Joseph Puzzo

Arlington Science Focus School

Arlington, Va.

Debra Reilly

Orefield Middle School, Springhouse Middle School

Allentown, Pa.

Kathy Rohrs

Chaminade College Preparatory Middle School

Chatsworth, Calif.

Audrey Rome

Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt, N.Y.

Les Rose

Dos Pueblos High School

Goleta, Calif.

Tarik Rowland

Tri-Cities High School

East Point, Ga.

Thomas Ruggieri

Boardman High School

Youngstown, Ohio

Kevin Rush

Brockway High School

Brockway, Pa.

Joseph Rutkowski

John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School

Great Neck, N.Y.

Patty Sampson

West Aurora High School

Aurora, Ill.

Peter Sampson

Whiteland Community High School

Whiteland, Ind.

Dr. James Satterwhite

Nashville School of the Arts

Nashville, Tenn.

Cindy Scarberry

Norman High School

Norman, Okla.

Eric Schaberg

Randolph High School

Randolph, N.J.

Benita Scheckel

Blair Middle and High School

Pasadena, Calif.

Joanne Scott

Fairfield Center School

Fairfield, Vt.

Laurie Scott

The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Middle School

Austin, Texas

Michael Sewell

Pickerington High School Central

Pickerington, Ohio

Matthew Shaftel

Florida State University College of Music

Tallahassee, Fla.

Keven Shepherd

Miller Grove High School

Lithonia, Ga.

Karl Siewertsen

John H. West Elementary School

Bethpage, N.Y.

Stephanie Skizas

Glenbard South High School

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Nathan Sletten

Earlham Middle and High School

Earlham, Iowa

Michael Smith

Nyack High School

Upper Nyack, N.Y.

Timothy Sterner

J. P. McCaskey High School

Lancaster, Pa.

Erin Stroup

Lower Moreland Twp. High School

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

William David Stufft

Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls, Ga.

Jeremy Taylor

Old Saybrook High School

Old Saybrook, Conn.

Sandra Thornton

Anderson High School


Bill Tiberio

Fairport High School

Fairport, N.Y.

Frank Timmerman

Pebblebrook High School

Mableton, Ga.

Christy Todd

Rising Starr Middle School

Fayetteville, Ga.

Peter Toews

Mountain View High School

Loveland, Colo.

Robert Traugh

Norwin High School

North Huntingdon, Pa.

Kristina Turpin

Pinecrest School Simi Valley

Simi Valley, Calif.

David Tyson

Murray Middle School

Wilmington, N.C.

Dan Venner

Central Elementary

Chillicothe, Mo.

Steve Vutsinas

Grassfield High School

Chesapeake, Va.

Meghan Wagner

Auburn Riverside High School

Auburn, Wash.

Ben Wahlund

Naperville Central High School

Naperville, Ill.

Jo Wallace-Abbie

Plano West Senior High School

Plano, Texas

Russ Weaver

Osceola County School for the Arts

Kissimmee, Fla.

Todd Wedge

San Francisco School of the Arts

San Francisco

Mary Jo West

George Mason High School

Falls Church, Va.

Kristi Wicihowski

Nathan Hale High School

West Allis, Wis.

Richard Wiederman

Setauket Elementary School

Setauket, N.Y.

Ken Wiele

Indian Trail High School and Academy

Kenosha, Wis.

Dustin Wiley

Firelands High School

Oberlin, Ohio

Kelly Winovich

Northgate Middle/Senior High School


Daniel Wooten

Niceville High School

Niceville, Fla.

Mark Wurtzel

Pershing Middle School


Davey Yarborough

Duke Ellington for the Arts

Washington, D.C.

Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry

Siegel Middle School

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Kari Zamora

Faubion Middle School

McKinney, Texas

Bridget Zimmermann

Barretts Elementary School

Manchester, Mo.

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