CSO accepting applications for educator awards

The Columbus Symphony is accepting nominations for its annual Music Educator Awards, honoring individuals who make a difference in the community through their dedication to music education and their efforts to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education.

Parents, students, colleagues and principals are encouraged to nominate music educators who instill and inspire a love of music in the children and adults of central Ohio.

Three awards will be given to exemplary music educators in the categories of elementary, secondary and community education.

Nominees should be music educators in the central Ohio area who: make a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds; routinely go "above and beyond the call of duty" by extending efforts beyond the classroom; make a significant impact on their community through music education; inspire students to reach appropriately high levels of musical understanding and ability; demonstrate longevity in the field of music education by their many years of work; and instill a lifelong appreciation of music in their students.

The recipients of the Music Educator Awards will be recognized at a brunch at the Westin Hotel in March.

Nomination information must include: notation of the educator's nomination category -- elementary, secondary or community; three letters of support (no longer than 3 pages each) describing how the nominee meets the selection criteria; information about the nominee (name, place of employment, title, home and work addresses; e-mail address, number of years in current position and number of years of experience in music education; nominator's information (his/ her name, relationship to nominee, home and work addresses, phone number and email address).

Nominations must be received by Nov. 25, and can be mailed to: Columbus Symphony -- Music Educator Awards, 55 E. State St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Nominations also may be submitted via fax at 614-384-5945 or e-mail at jstahler@ columbussymphony.com.

For more information, visit columbussymphony.com.