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Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2023 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year are now OPEN!

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 19, 2023

Do you know a marvelous music teacher in Palm Beach County who deserves some extra recognition? Students, parents, colleagues and members of the community are invited to nominate local instrumental music teachers for the title of Palm Beach Symphony Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year.

Teachers can be nominated for such things as their outstanding instructional technique, ability to nurture talent and ability for connecting with and inspiring their students.

Congratulations to Paul Destito of Bak Middle School for being our 2022 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year!


Teacher nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Teach in a K-12 public, private, or charter school in Palm Beach County
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience as a band or orchestra instructor
  • Have an exemplary history of work as a music educator and leader
  • Exhibit an active role in the community as a performing arts educator
  • Demonstrate an ability to successfully transfer knowledge, passion, and love of music to students and to inspire them to build musical  knowledge and experiences
  • Meet standards of professional and ethical conduct and demonstrate respect and integrity in working with students, parents, and colleagues

Nomination and Selection Process

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 19, 2023

  • Nominators must complete a nomination form (available below) and submit it by Sunday, November 19, 2023
  • Resume of nominee should be emailed to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.orgby Sunday, November 19, 2023
  • Short video(s) of nominee working with their students in a rehearsal and/or concert setting or teaching a class in a music subject area. Total content should be 5-10 minutes. Video footage should be sent via a link(s) on YouTube, Vimeo, or other the like. Links should be private or password protected. Please send links with passwords to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.orgby Sunday, November 19, 2023.
  • Submissions that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes esteemed musicians, industry professionals and educators in Palm Beach County
  • Winner will be honored at the Holly Jolly luncheon on December 5, 2023 at the Kravis Center

Award Package

  • Official 2023 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year framed certificate
  • Coaching sessions and/or Master Classes by Palm Beach Symphony musicians at winner’s school during spring semester ($2,000 value)
  • Classroom visit and conducting coaching by Palm Beach Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz
  • Invitation for a student music ensemble of the winning teacher’s choice to perform at a Palm Beach Symphony event
  • Complimentary tickets for winner and students to attend a Palm Beach Symphony spring Masterworks concert at the Kravis Center (date and time TBA)
  • Basket of Indulgences: Enjoyable personal and pampering gift items as well as local gift certificates
  • Official award presentation at a Palm Beach Symphony event
  • Press Release announcement with photo in local media

Questions? Contact Bryce Seliger at bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org

Nomination Form

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