When I was 8 years old I had an ear operation on my right ear that resulted in being deaf . I had NO IDEA what the future would offer me. Would I gain back hearing in that ear? Would I find some way to ask people to talk to me on my left side? All those questions hit me as a child. Flash forward to high school. I joined the school choir under a remarkable man named Jack Carey. I found myself loving choral music. I also got a lot of questions from my friends in the choir and one of them was “How can you sing if you only hear in one ear?” Looking back, I remember laughing that off. Just because I lost my hearing in one ear, my left ear gave me the chance to learn choral music. ! Mr. Jack Carey was well aware of that and he pushed me to overcome my hearing handicap. He KNEW I could do it. In college, I majored in choral music and started writing my music then. Jack Carey passed away a few years ago. Thank you, Jack, for your inspiration.
4 yrs ago today, Tim was conducting the CRHS band on Seal Lullaby at the VA Beach Music Festival where they won the top prize. 1 yr ago, we were asking the ICU nurses at Hartford Hospital to play Seal Lullaby and any other EW songs they could as Tim remained unconscious after he was hit by a car the day the world locked down. His students did the only thing they knew they could do and that Tim had taught them to do. Find comfort and inspiration in music. From the isolation of their homes, they recorded and sent in their part of Seal Lullaby so it could be compiled and sent into Tim. Today, Tim is back in school, doing what he loves most, bringing music to his students lives and showing them how to share the power of that music. Before the accident, during his recovery and every day, Tim’s first thought is to make sure his students enjoy and understand the power and importance of music. Many are following in his footsteps in music ed and many more continue to share music because of Tim
Mr. Fisher is not only an amazing teacher, but an amazing person. This week last year, my brother’s high school class competed in Virginia Beach with the song Seal Lullaby and won the top prize. This song means a lot to both Mr. Fisher and his students, as it played a big role in connecting them through quarantine and his accident (caused major brain injury). Even through his extra hard time, Mr. Fisher is able to connect with his students tremendously through what he loves. While I have only had him for half of freshman year, he has already made a big impact on my life and the lives of my peers.
Mr. Fisher is the most kind and caring individual you will come across. He takes the time to get to each and every one of his many students. Not only is he phenomenal band teacher who is deeply passionate about what he teaches, but he also guides his students in life and encourages them no matter what the path they choose is. Mr. Fisher exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding mentor and he changes the lives of everyone who gives him the opportunity to. It was a blessing to have him as my teacher as many like me will say.
Tim Fisher holds a deeper passion for his students and the music he teaches than m any other teacher or professor I have had in my years of academia. I’ve been lucky enough to have him guide me through many Whitacre piece, one in particular that led us to winning a concert band competition (Seal Lullaby of course), and he really fostered my own love for music through his caring nature.
I am nominating Mr. Fisher because he doesn’t just teach his student how to play scales and marches; he teaches his students how to be better humans through music. My freshman year we played Seal Lullaby for the Virginia Beach music festival. When we played that piece on that stage every single member of the band was connected in our thoughts and emotions. That was all because of Mr. Fisher and his tireless devotion to his students. There is no person more deserving of accolades than Mr. Fisher. He has works tirelessly to offer as many opportunities to his students to play music, including expanding the jazz program or arranging music so that we can have a live pit band made of students for our school musical. I am eternally grateful for all that Mr. Fisher has done for me and my community.
Mr. Fisher has played an essential role in the music education of thousands of students and has inspired many to pursue careers involving music as well. He was a band teacher for 5th and 6th grade and students have been lucky enough to have him as a teacher in high school as well. Even following a terrible car accident, Timothy Fisher is and will continue to play a vital role in the lives of not only his students, but any person that has ever met him. He has taught me and my fellow students the comfort that music can bring and the importance it can play in ones life. During his recovery from being hit by a vehicle while walking, the students in the CRHS music department recorded sections of Seal Lullaby that would be played for him while he was in the hospital. Today, less than a year later Mr. Fisher is conducting and supporting his music students and persevering with the help of music. My life has changed because of Mr. Fisher; he has and will continue to inspire me and many others.
I have had Mr. Fisher as a teacher for six years in total. Mr. Fisher was the most inspirational teacher I had throughout the entirety of my high school career in CRHS. He is a great conductor and exposed his classes to many composers such as Eric Whitacre. The most notable piece we played by Eric Whitacre was definitely Seal Lullaby. We played that piece in a competition at Virginia Beach. It was definitely the most difficult piece we had, however, Mr. Fisher helped us through and it was the reason our class was able to rank so high in that competition. He is a passionate teacher, and very great to work with. He inspired me to even create some of my own music and I couldn’t be happier to have had him as a teacher.
He’s the best person ever.
Mr. Tanner Stutzman
He is an amazing educator, friend, and musician. He is constantly pushing us to be our best, and can be evidenced by a few of our choirs accomplishments. We were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall two years ago, and this past year we competed in the state jazz choir competition for the first time. Mr. Stutzman came down with COVID-19 the Saturday before competition (Monday) and still managed to lead us to 1st remotely. He has been teaching virtually this past week and is still extremely effective in making us better and pushing us to be amazing.
As a 5th year band director Aaron has does nothing but inspire those that he teaches. He brings joy to the band room as well as not so funny dad jokes, overall Aaron has been nothing but the best and most memorable teacher in my 4 years of high school. He still helps the alumni that ask for his help when needed and gives the most helpful advice and is always willing to lend a ear to his current and former students.
I want to Nominate Mr.Shrimpton because he has changed my life for the good. He has shown me what a genuinely good person will do for other people. He has been teaching for 30 years and he is retiring this year. I would say he’s the best teacher I’ve ever had because he understands me and makes choir more about the people than the music itself
Mr. Young is my high school music teacher from Winnisquam Reigional High School in New Hampshire. He has kept all of us in our program alive even through the pandemic keeping us wanting more. Even though back in 2019 we may have had 85 kids in our choir and now only 37. He will put forth the same energy every day. He makes us laugh (and cry sometimes) and keep wanting to make music together everyday. He truly is the soul of our school and our program. Thank you Mr. Young for growing young musicians and keeping our passion alive.
Bianca Prado is an outstanding multi-lingual cello teacher with superb capabilities to teach at different levels for different ages in different languages . She truly stands out for her teaching style and the ability to develop engaging, highly useful lessons. She’s highly creative and tech savvy, being able to handle multiple zoom lessons, zoom group lessons, and even teaching students virtually outside of the US. Here are reasons that set her apart. Ms Prado grew up in Brazil and then moved to US to earn her Master’s. After her master’s, like a true pioneer, she schlepped her cello and settled in Idaho. Even though she lives and teaches at Sandpoint Idaho, Ms Prado still teaches students virtually in Illinois and Brazil. She is attentive, emphatic, and compassionate. Thank you Ms. Prado.
He has inspired and helped so many of his students. He helps to keep our motivation and efforts up during this difficult time. If its hybrid, normal, or remote learning he puts so much care and effort into his lessons, long “speeches”, and making sure everyone last one of us are doing ok.
Mr. Ziegler is the most engaging and passionate choir directer I have ever had. He makes you fall in love with music simply by how passionate he is about. Chorale is my favorite class of the day because of the energy and passion he brings every single day.
I am nominating Mr. Ziegler because he is the only teacher who has truly appreciated my hard work and talent. He is the best choir teacher I have ever had. I have never felt as appreciated as I am in his choir. Another reason i want to nominate him is because he has taught our choir so well that we are able to do a student chosen, directed, and conducted piece every year and I believe that is a great thing to be able to do.
Mr.Ziegler is a talented,kind, and loving teacher from Norman North Highschool in Norman, Oklahoma. He cares very deeply for every one of his students and never hesitates to help a student in need. Mr.Ziegler deserves teacher of the week because during these trying times he has risen above and has done everything in his ability to continue teaching me and the rest of my peers music.
Mr.G has always been so kind and flexible to all of his students. He is so cheery and able to teach us music in a fun and helpful way. One of our students has been working incredibly hard on a community theatre production and instead of putting more work on him, Mr.G gave him the week off so he could rest. He never puts unneeded stress onto his students and knows just how to brighten up anyone’s day, and this is why I think he should be teacher of the week
Mr. B, who teaches at Carlsbad High School, is more than a high school choir teacher. He is a youth advocate and mentor to hundreds of individuals. He allows a safe environment for ALL individuals to learn music and explore their voices by working together. I have never seen an educator pour more passion into their work. Now, given COVID, he has gone even further beyond what is expected of him as a public school educator. Not only is he teaching music online, but the kids are enjoying it. The lessons Mr. B teaches go far beyond the classroom. They are lessons all students will carry for years to come. Anyone who crosses paths with Mr. B, musically or otherwise, is an incredibly lucky individual.
Amir Bahador SG
He is an inspiring, enthusiastic voice and singing teacher whose patient, caring and encouraging attitude creates the most enjoyable learning experience. As a blind student however, my personal experience is even more unique. He is one of several incredible sighted teachers I have had the joy of encountering. I appreciate all his outstanding efforts to make each and every detail accessible, and offer me such great opportunities.
Mr. Fisk is the choir director of Midlothian High School, and he is the one of the kindest men to ever live. He has a heart the size of the world, and he has room in it for all of his students. On top of being kind and truly caring, he is hilarious, and manages to keep spirits light even when we’re working hard. He conducts his choirs amazingly and fairly, turning groups of disparate students into families. That’s why I think Matt Fisk is the best teacher for this position.
Mr. Lum was one of many incredible music teachers at Agincourt Collegiate Institute. His classes were always fun and I always looked forward to them. I had always enjoyed music and playing the saxophone, but being around a teacher who was passionate about what he was teaching made me love it even more. His passion and his love for music made rehearsals the best part of my week. He always wanted the best for his students and he created such a welcoming and inclusive environment. I remember the last performance we had, playing O Magnum. It was truly one of the most beautiful moments of my life, getting to create music together and share that experience with everybody else and knowing that he was proud of what we had accomplished. I feel so lucky to have had Mr. Lum as a teacher, but I am a little disappointed that I didn’t even get to spend a full year with him due to the pandemic. Thank you for everything, Mr. Lum!
This teacher changed my life and most students who walk through the doors to her chorus room. She is an inspiration – battled breast cancer and has been in remission!!! She gave us everything she had day in and day out. My day 1 experience in her cross campus choir (both HS in our district) was an awakening that I can only imagine is similar to Eric’s moment in choir singing the requiem. She always had her desk stocked with emergency supplies for her kids as if she were all of our collective mother, ready to spring into action. She’s the first to go to out of anyone if you had a problem with anything, even family trouble or outside of school problems. She is extremely generous in that if she knew a student wasn’t eating or couldn’t afford something to eat one day, she would give them lunch money or her apple or literally anything to remedy the situation. Most importantly she made that choir room the safest environment that anyone and everyone felt welcomed in. She is the reason I sing!
Dr. David Neves is the current director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles and an instructor of both the University of Rhode Island’s music education program as well as Rhode Island College’s music program. He has a clear passion for what he does, and it shows through his conducting and his teaching. He has inspired me to continue music through the pandemic and I am thankful to have him as a director.
Mr Brown joined our music department around 2 years ago, and since then has helped to inspire the younger years especially and help their love for music grow! Since lockdown began, he’s continued to create innovative ways to make online learning of music fun, and has helped me especially to continue to get better at a part of my A-Level music course that I find difficult. He has also sent out weekly ‘Cover Song’ challenges to anyone, whether they study music or not, to keep the co-curricular side of the music department as brilliant as if we were at school. The ‘Cover Song’ challenges have been a big success! Overall, he’s worked towards keeping everyone involved in music at our school happy, and excited to keep playing our instruments, and learning about music – we couldn’t have done it without him! Thank you :)
Catherine Wilson Smith
Catherine joined choir at Rhode Island College She has a voice of an Angel. Catherine moved to California to pursue a career as a music teacher for children. She believes all children should be exposed to music. Catherine bought musical instruments for her students. She taught them to sing thtough her voice, videos and history of music. Catherine fills her students with the same passion she had as a child and loves doing it. All children need a teacher just like her🎵❤
He is probably one of the most passionate people I’ve met. He always encourages his students to do their best and I think that especially with this pandemic that’s really important.
Mr. Hayner has been a constant source of inspiration for me through my high school career. He has a genuine concern for each one of his students. I’m certain that if you ask any one of his students, current and former, they would say the same. At the core of it all, though, is music. His love for music is unlike most any other I’ve seen. This is plain to see in his hard work, dedication, and resilience. Thanks, Mr. Hayner.
Michael Waterhouse is my music director and during the pandemic, him and the music department were able to put on a virtual summer concert, incorporating virtual performances from students – This was then later live streamed on Facebook for the community to watch, this was done so we would not miss the opportunity to perform in our annual summer concert. Mr W also made sure that we would be able to have our annual carol service, because of Mr W, not only were we able to have a virtual carol service but we were able to record it in the church. We were able to go to the church and all of the different year group choir bubbles were spaced out across the church, socially distanced. We were able to record all of our carols which were then editing and live streamed on Facebook. He has able to edit all of the videos for both the carol service and the summer concert. Mr Waterhouse did everything in his power to ensure that we wouldn’t have to miss any performances. – Thank you.