Outstanding Awards at the 2019 OMEA PDC

At the December 13th Tuscarawas Valley High School band concert OMEA Immediate Past President Michael Crist announced that Superintendent of Schools, Mark Murphy, would be awarded the 2019 OMEA Outstanding Administrator Award. Mark was nominated by Merri Genslely, Director of Bands, also pictured.

Mark was surprised and very appreciative of the nomination. The band concert was very good and also feature their jazz ensemble and percussion ensemble. The Tuscarawas Valley High School Concert Band will perform at the 2019 OMEA Professional Development Conference. The Zoarville, Ohio, community is very excited about the upcoming OMEA PDC!


OMEA President-Elect Ann Usher awarded Omar Lozano the Outstanding Music Educator Award at Miami East High School and Brett Benzin the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award at Keystone High School.



On January 8th, OMEA President-Elect Ann Usher presented the Spencerville Band Boosters  with the OMEA Outstanding Music Support Group Award. Here they are with their director/nominator Josh Van Gorder.


The complete list of Outstanding Awards to be presented at the 2019 OMEA PDC in Cleveland, Ohio, are as follows:

Distinguished Service Award – Lalene Dyshere Kay

Outstanding Music Educator Award – Omar Lozano

Outstanding Administrator Award – Mark Murphy

Outstanding Young Educator Award – Brett Benzin

Outstanding Music Support Group Award – Spencerville Band Boosters





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