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MMEA is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2022 Awards for Excellence are now open!

In recognition of dedicated advocacy, leadership, and service to the music teaching profession in Maryland, the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) grants a series of awards on an annual basis.


Anyone may nominate an award candidate by completing the online nomination form (links and descriptions below). All forms must be filled out completely and submitted in order to be considered.


Awards may be given annually; however, if there are not sufficient candidates, some categories may not be awarded. The 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony will be held the weekend of February 4-6, 2022 (specifics TBD).


Recognition of the recipients will be included on the MMEA Website, MMEA social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram), and in email to educators across the state.  In addition, a letter of distinction will be sent to the appropriate administrator.


The nomination deadline for the 2022 MMEA Annual Awards is January 12, 2022.


Please direct all questions to MMEA staff at 

Awards Descriptions and Nomination Forms

Outstanding Music Educator


This award recognizes and honors music educators for their outstanding service to the music students in public, private, or independent schools in the State of Maryland. These awards are presented annually.


Outstanding School Administrator
This award is to recognize the non-arts administrators who are music advocates and supporters, working with the music team to build incredible music programs for their schools and communities. This award may be presented annually.



MMEA/NAfME Exemplary Music Program
This award is to recognize outstanding music programs. The award will be based on the extent to which the program meets the standards set forth in the NAfME publication, The School Music Program: Description and Standards. Any school that has not received the award within the previous five years is eligible.


Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award
This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the music education of Maryland’s youth, whether as a teacher, administrator, parent, industry representative, performer, or in another capacity. The Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award was established in 1993 in memory of Dr. Corwin H. Taylor (1905-1992), noted musician, composer, author, and educator. Dr. Taylor, an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (now National Association for Music Education, NAfME) and the Maryland Music Educators Association, was Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Baltimore Public School system from 1945 to 1968 and a faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1968 to 1976. He will always be remembered for the great impact he had on the lives and careers of his students and colleagues. The award may be presented annually.






Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service
This award is to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Maryland Music Educators Association. The Rosemary and James Walters Award for Service to the Maryland Music Educators Association was established in 2001 in memory of Rosemary and James Walters. Their teaching careers were in Maryland, spanning 30 years until a tragic accident in April 2001. Jim taught instrumental music, most recently at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County while Rosemary taught choral music. Together, they characterized the essence of supporting the music education profession. They supported their colleagues, young and seasoned, and they supported every professional activity of the association and the school music community. Jim served as MBDA president, but his contribution was not limited to band activities. Rosemary eventually left the classroom to work full time in church music, but her involvement as a substitute music teacher and as an accompanist continued. At nearly any MMEA event, it was typical to see Jim and Rosemary offering to assist when they were not “on duty,” doing whatever needed to be done. The award may be presented annually.

MMEA Hall Of Fame
This award is to recognize an individual for excellence in teaching and/or administration, contributions and improvements made in music education, betterment of the profession through exemplary service or acts, professional offices, publications, awards, recognition, performances, and professional ideals and academic integrity.



The recipients from both the 2020 and the 2021 Annual Awards were honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony.
To view a recording of the ceremony, click here.

2021 Outstanding Educator


Bowie High School
Prince George’s County Public Schools

Mrs. Brooks is an acclaimed choral director and music educator. She was awarded as a MMEA Outstanding Music Educator for 2021 and served as the Prince George’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.  She has taught at all levels and served various student populations. She is a mentor teacher, curriculum writer, guest conductor, and presenter. Mrs. Brooks is currently obtaining DMA at the University of Southern California for Music Teaching and Learning.

Vansville Elementary School
Prince George’s County Public Schools

James Dorsey teaches vocal/general music at Vansville Elementary School in Prince George’s County. He guides students to create arts pieces that reflect empathy.  He has served as a curriculum/course writer and facilitator.  Through his work with Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms, he helps adults reflect on big ideas through music in personal and learning spaces. 

Dorsey earned a B.A. in Music (UMBC), M.Ed. in Kodály Music Education (Loyola University Maryland), and National Board Certification (Music).


Cromwell Valley Elementary School
Baltimore County Public Schools

Terri teaches elementary vocal music at Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School and has taught in Baltimore County Public Schools for 16 years.  She is a proud graduate of Towson University and Goucher College.  She writes music curriculum for BCPS and the BSO Midweek Concerts.  She creates cross-curricular lessons and performances, presents various professional development workshops, and mentors music teachers.  Terri is an advocate for music education and believes making music together can build strong communities.  

Bullis School
Montgomery County

Ms. Stephanie Mayer-Sattin has been a member of the music faculty of the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland since 2000. She earned a B.A. degree in music education from Baylor University and a M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of Houston. She has studied with Hugh Sanders (Baylor University), Charles Hausmann (Houston Symphony Chorus), Christopher~Seaman (Naples Philharmonic and Rochester Symphony), and Michael Lankester (Hartford Symphony). Ms. Mayer-Sattin has presented at conferences for the Association for Independent Maryland Schools, the Maryland Music Educators’ Association Conference, National Association for Music Education Eastern Conference, the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference, and has presented three times for the International Society for Music Education Conference. Ms. Mayer-Sattin’s book chapter collaboration on musician health is published in Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine Practice (Springer) and she is currently a doctoral student at Boston University.


2021 Outstanding Administrator


Principal, Mardela Middle and High School
Wicomico County Public Schools


Mrs. Hastings is a Mardela High School graduate who received her Bachelor's degree in history from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and her Master's degree in Public School Administration from Salisbury University. Prior to becoming Principal of Mardela Middle and High School in 2017, Mrs. Hastings served as Principal of Bennett Middle school from 2011-2017 and has been in education since 1997.  Mrs. Hastings was recognized in 2004 as a semi-finalist for Wicomico County’s Teacher of the Year and was named Maryland's Middle School Principal of the Year in 2017 by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

Principal, Runnymeade Elementary School
Carroll County Public Schools

Martin Tierney has been an employee of Carroll County Public Schools for 39 years. He began his career in Special Education and has been a school based administrator for 28 years. Awards received include Outstanding School Administrator from the Maryland Coalition of Inclusive Schools, Outstanding Educator Award from the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association, the AEMS Fine Arts Leadership Award and the Rita Board Dowd Outstanding Administrator Award for CCPS.


2021 Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award


Towson University

Dr. Christopher M. Cicconi is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Towson University. Along with his role as music director of the Towson Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra, he teaches courses in conducting, repertoire, instrumental methods/pedagogy, and supervises student teacher interns. He is an active clinician, guest conductor, and presenter throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and serves as the music director of the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Young Victorian Theatre Company, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (Concert Orchestra), and the New England Music Camp Symphony Band (2nd session).

Instructional Specialist, Vocal and General Music
Prince George’s County Public Schools

Sybil I. Roseboro serves as a Vocal and General Music Instructional Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools.  Formerly, she served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Music Teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels.   This vast knowledge has helped structure music literacy for PGCPS students.

Ms. Roseboro completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University.


Previous Award Recipients

2020 - Janet Gross

2017 – Ginny Flynn

2015 – Sally Wagner

2014 – James L. Turk

2013 – Jan Strevig

2012 – Deborah Turner

Outstanding Music Educator*


Andrea Cameron, Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County
Carol Cox, Bodkin Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
Jana Davis Hobbs, Wicomico High School, Wicomico County
Allen Kessell, Franklin High School, Baltimore County


Sarah Burton, North Salisbury Elementary School, Bennett Middle School, Parkside High School, James M. Bennett High School, Wicomico County
Emily James, South Shore Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
Randine Levy, Roberto Clemente Middle School, Montgomery County
David Matchim, Centennial High School, Howard County
Lisa Adams, Berlin Intermediate School, Worcester County


Kenneth Dasher, Pittsville Elementary and Middle School, Wicomico County
Paul Heinemann, Rocky Hill Middle School, Montgomery County
Anne Marie Patterson, Theodore Davis  Middle School, Charles County
Thomas K. Pierre, Jr., Glassmanor Elementary School, Prince Georges County
James Woomert, Atholton High School, Howard County


Shannon Day
Lewis Dutrow
Doug Miles
Lynn Staininger

Outstanding School Administrator*

2020 - John Taylor, Cabin John Middle School, Montgomery County
2019 - Matthew Record, Pocomoke Middle School, Worcester County
2018 - Jazmin G. Lawhorn, Crofton Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
2017 - Chris Rattay

MMEA/NAfME Exemplary Music Program*

2020 - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Prince George's County
2018 - Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School, Harford County
2017 - Ellicott Mills Middle School, Howard County

Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award











Rosemary & James Walters Service Award



MMEA Hall of Fame

2020 – Todd J. Burroughs

2019 – Scott Herman

2018 – Michael L. Mark

2017 – Anita Lambert

2013 – Nancy S. Grasmick

2012 – C. Nelson Fritts

2011 – Richard J. Deasy

2010 – Katherine A. Rodeffer

2009 – Joan Orcutt

2005 – Linda Patton

2004 – Chris Tuel

2002 – Mary Ellen Cohn

1999 – Barbara F. King

1998 – Phyllis T. Kaplan

1998 – Roger J. Folstrom

1997 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

1996 – Mary Ann Mears

1995 – Rosa Fletcher Crocker

1994 – Karen Douglas

2011 – Howard L. Miskimon

2011 – Sabra C. Steward

2010 – Mabel Leonore Sawhill

2004 – Richard A. Disharoon

2003 – Chrystie L. Adams

2002 – Thomas W. Fugate

2020 — Charles Haslup (Posthumous)

2019 – Chris Vadala (Posthumous)

2018 – Gilbert A. Brungardt (Posthumous)

2014 – Dana Rothlisberger

2013 – Ray Danner

2012 – Cherie Stellaccio

2012 – C. Scott Sharnetzka

2011 – Lee Stevens

2010 – Bruce D. Wilson

2009 – Leone Y. Woodall

2008 – Richard A. Disharoon

2008 – James L. Tucker, Jr.

2007 – Olivia W. Gutoff

2006 – Mary Ellen Cohn

2006 – John Wakefield

2005 – Barbara F. King

2005 – Michael L. Mark

2004 – Roger J. Folstrom

2004 – Phyllis R. Kaplan

2003 – Leroy Battle

2003 – Glenn Patterson

2000 – Mildred B. Trevvett

1988 – Margaret Black
1988 – Robert S. Bolles
1988 – David Burchuck
1988 – Frances Jackman Civis
1988 – John Cole
1988 – Mary G. Cross
1988 – John Denues
1988 – Nicholas Geriak
1988 – Thomas L. Gibson
1988 – Rose Marie Grentzer
1988 – S. Fenton Harris
1988 – Miriam Hoffman
1988 – Mary M. Hunter
1988 – John Itzel
1988 – Henrietta Baker Low
1988 – Otto Ortmann
1988 – Philip S. Royer
1988 – Osmar Steinwald
1988 – Charles C. T. Stull
1988 – Eugene W. Troth
1988 – Homer Ulrich
1988 – C. James Velie
1988 – Levi Wilder
1988 – Dorothy Willison
1988 – William Llewelyn Wilson

1999 – Nancy M. Cook

1999 – Sr. Mary Theresine Staub S.S.N.D.

1998 – Maurice R. Feldman

1997 – Clarence T. Rogers

1996 – James H. Avampato

1996 – Carmelo J. Palazzo

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1995 – David Marchand

1995 – W. Warren Sprouse

1994 – Shirley J. Shelley

1994 – Donald Regier

1994 – Mildred R. Reiner

1993 – Thomas W. Fugate

1993 – C. William Johnson

1993 – Michael Pastelak

1992 – Blanche F. Bowlsbey

1992 – Joseph F. Chalker

1992 – James L. Fisher

1991 – John Fignar, Jr.

1990 – Robert E. Kersey

1990 – Dorothy S. Pickard

1989 – Alice S. Beer

1989 – Thomas R. Lawrence

1989 – Corwin H. Taylor