Toledo Symphony Seeking Nominations for Inaugural Outstanding Music Educator Award

Published Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra announced today that it is seeking nominations for the inaugural Toledo Symphony 2019-2020 Outstanding Music Educator Award.

The recipient of the award will be invited to a special Music Teacher Appreciation Reception on Friday, May 15, 2020 prior to the ProMedica Masterworks program, Ring Without Words. The award will be presented at the concert by Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. The recipient’s class will receive complimentary tickets to a 2020-2021 Young People’s Concert or Masterworks concert. The recipient will also receive a complimentary ensemble presentation for the classroom or an assembly for the entire school during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Current, full-time, K-12 music educators who teach music in public and private schools in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan region are eligible for the award. Teachers in other educational settings, including before and after-school programs and private studios are not eligible. Teachers must plan on teaching at the same school (district) in the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The Toledo Symphony recognizes the important role music teachers play in the lives of the students they teach,” says Rachel Schultz, Director of Education for the Toledo Symphony. “Music teachers introduce, instill, and cultivate a love of music that surpass the time spent in the classroom. They lay the foundation for a lifetime appreciation that serves to perpetuate the artforms we also strive to continue.”

Please visit for complete details. Nominations are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Administrators, students, parents, colleagues may nominate teachers for the award.

For questions or more information, please contact Rachel Schultz, Director of Education for the Toledo Symphony, at


The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported organization of professional musicians and teachers who deliver quality performance and music education for all.

Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-nine professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

The Toledo Symphony reaches more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of the orchestra’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 postal zip codes. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation.

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