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For Immediate Release

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Catherina Hurlburt or 571-323-3395 

National Association for Music Education Awards Three Collegiate Members and Five Institutions’ Collegiate Chapters for Excellence and Achievement

RESTON, VA (July 27, 2023) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognized the NAfME Collegiate Chapters of five schools as “Chapters of Excellence” this June during the NAfME National Leadership Assembly. The Chapter of Excellence Recognition was developed to encourage chapters to plan and execute successful chapter music programs, professional development projects, recruitment techniques, and service projects. Recognition of excellent projects is conferred annually and is based on activities completed by the chapter between January 1 and December 31st of the year prior. Chapters are evaluated on participation, commitment, creativity, impact, organization, uniqueness, and visibility.

The chapters receiving Chapter of Excellence Recognition for the 2022–2023 school year include:

  • Professional Development: Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Professional Development: Nazareth College, Rochester, New York
  • Professional Development: Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Advocacy: University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Service: Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Service: Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia

Three NAfME Collegiate members were also recognized with Professional Achievement Awards. The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner.

Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2022–2023 include:

  • Lydia Kirkland—University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sharon Tran—University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Ethan Watkins—Converse University, Spartanburg, South Carolina

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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is a collaborative community that supports music educators and advocates for equitable access to music education. The only association that addresses all aspects of music education, NAfME, together with its affiliated state music education associations, advocates at the national, state, and local levels and provides resources and opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Founded in 1907 and representing more than 53,000 members teaching millions of students, NAfME advances the music education profession and promotes lifelong experiences in music.

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