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Nominations Sought for Music Educator of the Year Award

Released October 27, 2016


CANTON, OHIO (October 27, 2016) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is accepting nominations for the first annual Music Educator of the Year Award.  The award will be presented by CSO Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the February 25, 2017 MasterWorks concert.

The award process was developed by the CSO Board of Trustees Education Committee after studying similar awards conferred by other orchestras and with input from respected music educators in the region.  “The Committee has been sponsoring a Music Educator Appreciation event at the February concert for two years,” notes Gail Martino, Chair of the CSO’s Education Committee.  “This award will take that a step further by honoring the efforts of an outstanding individual music educator.”  The purpose of the annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education.

Nominees must be licensed Music Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible.  The honored Music Educator will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration.

Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari at, on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website ( and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Nominations must be returned to the Canton Symphony Orchestra by December 15, 2016.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.


Lisa Boyer
Director of Education and Community Engagement
330-452-3434 ext 604