Music Educator Award

In 2016 the Rockford Symphony Orchestra created the Outstanding Music Educator Award to recognize an outstanding music educator in our community.

Current, full-time educators in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Rock counties who teach music in public or private schools are eligible to be nominated. The award will alternate each year between elementary and secondary teachers. The 2019/20 Award will go to a secondary teacher.

The 2019/20 Outstanding Music Educator Award is generously sponsored by:

Nominees should embody the following qualities:

  • Demonstrates passion for music education
  • Is a leader in the music education community
  • Has a documented successful music education program at his/her school
  • Makes a measurable difference in the lives of their students

The nomination must include information from the nominator as to how their candidate embodies the qualities of the award, as well as a letter of support from another peer or administrator of the candidate. This award will be reviewed by a committee made up of RSO board members, members of the musical community, and community members at large.

The award winner will be announced at the RSO’s Music Education Awards Dinner on May 7, 2020. Teachers who have been nominated previously but did not win can be nominated again.

The winner will receive:

  • An invitation for two to the RSO's Music Education Awards Dinner
  • A recognition plaque
  • $250 to spend on classroom supplies
  • $250 to use for personal professional development
  • Two subscriptions to the RSO’s Classics Series concerts

Nominations for the 2020 Award are now closed.

Past Winners:

2019:Brad Koloch, Kishwaukee Elementary School

2018: Jeremiah Kramper, Hononegah High School

Special Recognition for a Lifetime of Service:
Janice Mitchell, Winnebago Middle School

Special Recognition for being a Rising Star in music education:
Colleen Bartimoccia, Boylan High School

2017: Mary Shore, Johnson Elementary School

Special Recognition: Inger Langsholt, Rock Valley College

2016: Lisa Eaton, King Elementary School