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Annual Education Classics Concert

Each year, the Spokane Symphony honors educators at a designated Education Classics concert. This year our Education Concert will be on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 3 pm. All educators and music teachers will be eligible to purchase tickets at a special rate of $20 per ticket for this concert..

During the show, we will present the Awards to this year's Outstanding Arts Advocate Administrator and the Outstanding Music Teacher in recognition of the contributions of outstanding administrators  and music teachers throughout our region. We will also acknowledge our Student Essay Contest winner at the concert and the winning essay will be posted in the Founders' Gallery.   



Awards for Outstanding Arts Advocate Administrator 

and Outstanding Music Teacher for 2016

Teachers and students are invited to submit nominees for this year's awards. 


Who is eligible?  Any private or public school administrator or school music teacher is eligible.  Nominees should currently teach within the greater Spokane Community (Spokane, Spokane Valley, Mead, Medical Lake, Cheney, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene).  Nominations by colleagues, students, alumni, faculty, principals, other administrators, and self-nominations are acceptable. 


The Award:  One administrator and one music teacher will each receive 2 complimentary tickets and up to 10 tickets for staff for Classics 7 on February 28, 2016. They will also receive a certificate for dinner and be recognized onstage at the concert for their leadership role. The award winner will be selected by the Spokane Symphony Education Committee.  Current members of the Spokane Symphony Education Committee are not eligible for the award. 


For award recommendations, please prepare a Nomination Packet with the following: 


1)  Letter from the Nominator — describe why you are nominating this person and what makes them inspiring.

a) Administrator: Please consider the role that Music and the Arts play within the administrator's school or district, specific programs developed, and the type of leadership and support given to Music and Art teachers. 

b) Music Teacher: Please give examples of student achievement under this teacher.

2) Nominee's name, address, telephone, e-mail, and school affiliation OR a nomination form below:  

a) Outstanding Arts Advocate Administrator Award: 

Nomination form
List of Past Winners

b) Outstanding Music Teacher Award:

Nomination form

List of Past winners


Competition can be stiff so well thought- out, thorough nominations are recommended for best presentation of your nominee.



This contest is open to all high school aged students.

Essay Topic: "What techniques do composers use to create a visual picture with music?" 

Procedure:  In order to research this essay, it will be necessary to go to Classics 7: Zen Fantastique on the Spokane Symphony website and click on the program notes, read about the composers and music, clicking on the listening links. Let your imagination rule as you listen to the music , then write your essay on information gleaned from the site, with special emphasis on how these pieces reflect the essay topic. 


 Essay should be five paragraphs – spelling & grammar count!

 Any research or quotes should be documented

 Essays will be judged by the Spokane Symphony Education Committee

 Submission should be emailed or postmarked no later than JANUARY 29, 2016

Download Essay Contest flyer

The “Best Essay” will be displayed in the lobby of the Spokane Symphony’s Education Classics Concert on February 28, 2016 at 3pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.  The winner will receive an iTunes gift card, complimentary concert tickets for the family, be acknowledged during the concert and will have the opportunity to meet Music Director Eckart Preu.  ALL ENTRANTS will receive a ticket to the concert.

Please submit essays or any questions to:

Janet Napoles, Manager of Education Programs 

Spokane Symphony, PO Box 365, Spokane WA 99210-0365



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