PYO Music Institute

Ovation Award

The PYO Music Institute

For Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education

Nominations Due: March 31, 2021

Sponsored by
Jacobs Music Company, J.W. Pepper, and WRTI

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What is the Ovation Award?

The PYO Music Institute OVATION AWARD honors an outstanding music teacher in the Delaware Valley Region who, while imparting musical knowledge, builds character, self-confidence and capabilities that position students for success in every aspect of their lives. The OVATION AWARD highlights the significance of music education and applauds the positive impact of music teachers on the greater community.

Who is Eligible?

Music teachers in the Delaware Valley Region who teach music in public or private schools (Kindergarten through College), private studio teachers, and community music program teachers are eligible.

Who can Nominate?

ANYONE, current student or former student of any age, can nominate a music teacher for the OVATION AWARD!

How to Nominate?

Nominators are asked to submit a brief application and statement of no more than 250 words, answering the question: "How Has Your Music Teacher Changed Your Life?"

Selection Process

Top Ten Finalists and one Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting of representatives from regional universities, colleges, conservatories, and institutions.

Prizes & Awards

The Top Ten Finalists will be invited, with their nominators, to attend the virtual award ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021 during PYO Music Institute's 2021 Virtual Gala: More Than Music.

The Ovation Award Recipient will be announced and presented in June with an award tribute, cash prize, and other recognition from our sponsors. All finalists will each receive a recognition award from our sponsors. Additionally, the Winning Nominator will be recognized.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Finalist Notification: Friday, May 7, 2021
PYO Ovation Award Ceremony: June 10, 2021


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Rules & Regulations

Charles Salinger - Ambler, PA


Brian Brown - Philadelphia, PA
Maria Ceferatti - Drexel Hill, PA
Kenny Joseph - Philadelphia, PA
Rachel Ku - Philadelphia, PA
Kerri Ryan - Philadelphia, PA
Charles Salinger - Ambler, PA
Christopher Simon - Holland, PA
Lawrence Stomberg - Wilmington, PA
Andrew Thierauf - Philadelphia, PA
Kim Trolier - Wayne, PA


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