SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson, has chosen Amy Whitehill as the winner of its fourth annual Music Educator of the Year Award. The award will be presented during the orchestra’s concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
Whitehill is the Music Supervisor and Director of Orchestras for Fairborn City Schools. Serving since 1992, Whitehill has grown the orchestra program to more than 180 students, created an after-school ensemble for past and present students, and is active in the community as a musician and educator. Whitehill also serves as the Fairborn High School Music Department chair, and City Schools Music Department supervisor. Her students give over a dozen performances a year in various community and civic events.
Whitehill is a past recipient of the Howard L. Post Excellence in Education Award. She was nominated for the SSO Music Educator of the Year Award by Fairborn Principal Gene Lolli, who cited Whitehill’s many achievements.
“Amy Whitehill can best be described as caring, dependable, loved and revered by her students, and always wearing a smile,” Lolli said. “She is an exceptional teacher, role model, and community member.”
Lolli noted also that Whitehill teaches her students to be involved in the community whenever possible, and sets the example with the orchestra’s involvement in numerous annual performances at community events.
For the 2013-2014 Music Educator of the Year Award, the SSO received many nominations for outstanding music educators in Clark and Greene counties. Amy Whitehill emerged as the top candidate.
“We are excited about presenting this award to Amy Whitehill,” said Director of Operations and Education, Ashley Cain. “We are wholly committed to supporting area music educators and their programs and we believe Amy Whitehill is a truly exceptional educator.”
Tickets for the concert are $24 to $48 for adults, $12 to $36 students, and are available through the Performing Arts Center ticket office by calling 937-328-3874 or online at www.springfieldsym.org. A limited number of seats are available the week of the concert at only $15 for adults and $10 for students. Contact the ticket office for details.