National Association for Music Education Awards Five Collegiate Members and Five School’s Collegiate Chapters for Excellence and Achievement

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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognized the Collegiate NAfME Chapters of five schools as “Chapters of Excellence” this past June 30. 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 five chapters receiving Chapter of Excellence Recognition for the 2016-2017 school year include:

  • Music Program: University of Montevallo – Montevallo, AL
  • Service: Radford University – Radford, VA
  • Advocacy: University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg, MO
  • Recruitment: Central Washington University – Ellensburg, WA
  • Professional Development: New Jersey City University – Jersey City, NJ


Five Collegiate NAfME 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 2016-2017 include:

  • Vanessa Bliley – Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)
  • Lauren B. Lewis – Eastern Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
  • William Yates – University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)
  • Emily Brumbaugh – Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
  • Joshua Schmidt – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)


Additionally, Vanessa Bliley of Central Washington University and Lauren B. Lewis of Eastern Carolina University were awarded Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarships. The Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship was created by Shannon’s family and friends in coordination with NAfME to honor her exemplary life and her love of teaching music. The scholarship award is open to current members of NAfME Collegiate, who have been nominated for the NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Recognition.

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