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For Immediate Release

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Catherina Hurlburt or 703-860-4000 

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

RESTON, VA (June 7, 2021) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognized the NAfME Collegiate Chapters of seven schools as “Chapters of Excellence” this summer. These preservice music educators and collegiate chapters will be recognized early this fall in a virtual event that will bring together NAfME Collegiate members to share best practices from their chapters. 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.

The seven chapters receiving Chapter of Excellence Recognition for the 2020–2021 school year include:

  • Professional Development: University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Professional Development: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • Professional Development: Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (joint project)
  • Service: DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Service: Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania
  • Service: Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Five 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 2020–2021 include:

  • Maggie Ward – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • Morgan Beaton – Nazareth College School of Music, Rochester, New York
  • Kasey Julian – Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • Matthew Rees – Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
  • AJ Gonzales – San José State University, San José, California

Read about the work of these NAfME Collegiate members and chapters, and learn about past recipients of the NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Recognition and NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Awards. To learn more about the NAfME Collegiate program, visit


National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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