Member and Non-Member Awards

VMEA Awards Program

VMEA has established the Awards Programs that recognizes service, achievements and contributions to music education for current active members, retired members, and for non-members who show their support for local music programs.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of our members and those people who have a positive impact on our profession. Awards are presented at conference each year. 

Members may also receive the Blue Ribbon Award for their school.

Applications are open and available on this website from September 1st to October 15th.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • All nominations must be presented with one of two forms: a) Official Nomination Form (for ALL nominations) and/or b) District Representative’s Nomination Form.
  • Districts may nominate indviduals through their district meetings etc. (Submit the District Nomination Form).  The Official Nomination Form MUST also be submitted.
  • Individuals may nominate through the use of the Official Nomination Form.
  • Official Nomination Forms and requisite paperwork must be postmarked by August 1. 
  • Official Nomination Forms and requisite paperwork sent to: Linda Gammon, VMEA State Executive; 24759 Carbonate Terrace Stone Ridge, VA 20105
  • Recipients will be honored at the annual VMEA Conference
  • There will be no limit to the number of awardees in any category 

 

Service Awards Requirements

The Virginia Music Educators Association has established an awards program to recognize service and excellence in music teaching in both public and private schools in the Commonwealth.  Service Awards are presented at the In-Service Conference each November.

Fifteen Year Certificate

  • Currently an active member of VMEA
  • A music teacher in a public or private school for at least fifteen years
  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years

Twenty-Five Year Pin

  • Currently an active member of VMEA
  • A music teacher in a public or private school for at least twenty-five years
  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years

Retirement Plaque

  • Retired in the past five years
  • An active member of VMEA at the time you retired
  • Taught music in a public or private school for at least twenty-five years
  • A VMEA member (or its equivalent in another state) for at least ten years

Forms are available on this website from September 1st to October 15th to register online for a service award.

MEMBER AWARDS REQUIREMENTS

Outstanding Music Educator Criteria

  • At least ten (10) years of continuous teaching in Virginia
  • Must currently teach in Virginia
  • Consistent VMEA member in good standing
  • Evidenced of service to VMEA or interest sections
  • Outstanding accomplishments as a teacher as evidenced by: 
    • Student achievement
    • Professional recognition
    • Program recognition
    • Awards
    • Sustained program growth
    • Influence within and beyond district

 Outstanding General Music Educator Criteria

  • At least ten (10) years of teaching in Virginia
  • Outstanding accomplishments as a teacher as evidenced by such things as student achievement, program recognition, and testimony from students, parents, alumni, and administrators. 

Lifetime Achievement Criteria

  • Minimum twenty (20) years of documented music service activity in Virginia
  • May be active or retired music educator or music administrator
  • Must have documented service to VMEA

NON-MEMBER AWARDS REQUIREMENTS

Outstanding Administrator Criteria:

  • Current or retired administrator from a Virginia School
  • At least five (5) years service at the administrative level
  • Documented evidence that the nominee has been a major factor toward the success of a music program that may include securing greater funding levels, increased personnel, advocacy, support of teacher development efforts, etc

Membership Awards Recipients

Outstanding Music Educator Recipients:

1990

Harriet C. Heath

Portsmouth City

1991

Dennis Price

Chesapeake City

1992

Genrose Lashinger

Williamsburg-James City County

1993

Daniel Schoemmell

Frederick County

1994

Davidson Burgess

Hanover County

1995

Vincent J. Tornello

Charlottesville City

1996

Jack Winn

Retired

1997

Elizabeth Eccles

Norfolk City

1998

Charlotte Collins

Shenandoah University

1999

Dennis Zeisler

Old Dominion University

2000

Sue Alexander

Fairfax County

2001

Patty Brennan Chesapeake City

2004

Diana Love Montgomery County
2004 Scott Lambert Chesapeake City
2007 Linda Gammon Faixfax County
2008 Sharon Wills Campbell County
2009 David Enloe Chesapeake City
2010 Jim Meredith Lynchburg City
2011 Robert Carroll Chesapeake City
2013 Trey Harris  

 

Outstanding General Music Educator Recipients:

2001

Betty Coffman

Rockingham County

2003

Debra Lindsey

Fairfax County

2006

Linda White

Fairfax County

2009

Marie Weber

Portsmouth City

2014

Joan Kenney

 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

2001

Jean Shackelford

Retired

2001

Sidney Swiggett

Retired

2002

John Easley

Retired

2004

John Savage

Retired

2014

Moe Turrentine

Retired

Non-Membership Awards Recipients

2001

Yvette Miller

Anne Monday

 

Lynchburg City

Fairfax County

 

2002

Elizabeth Hazelette

Arletta Dimburg

Karen Lacy

 

Norfolk City

Charlottesville City

Fairfax County

 

2003

Stephen R. Staples

York County

2004

Robert Grimesay

Alleghany County

2005

Joseph King

Buena Vista City

2006

Stan Schoonover

Fairfax County

Contact Information

Requests for VMEA information should be addressed to the State Executive. All postings to this site must be made through your section president. Any problems with the website need to be addressed to the webmaster. 

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