Scholarships & Awards

Awards & Recognition Forms

PMEA-SMTE Awards for Excellence Order Form

2020 PMEA Awards/Scholarships Nominations

*Information can be found below. 

Awards & Recognition Offerings

  • Honorary Membership  and Honorary Life Membership
    • Members of 25 years or more are recommended by individual districts and then sent to the state executive board for approval. The state board may approve one application per year
  • Irene R. Christman Scholarship 
    • The scholarship is presented to an outstanding All State student who will be attending college to major in music education.  Established in 1997.  The deadline for applications is March 30, 2020.  The recipient will be honored at the All-State concert in which they participate
  • James R. Stewart Distinguished Service Award
    • Award given to a PMEA member who has served the association at the State Level. Other criteria may include length of service, multiple PMEA state level offices, NAfME Eastern Division, and/or National Offices. Named for James R. Stewart, past PMEA State President. The recipient will be recognized during the PMEA Awards Breakfast on Saturday, April 25, during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2020.
  • Margaret S. Bauer Grant Program
    • To provide grants to qualifying PMEA members who require funding for professional development, resources, equipment, or creative projects which will enhance music instruction, student learning and forward the mission of PMEA (Rolling application deadline) 
  • PMEA Hall of Fame
    • Established July 2008 to honor music educators who, by virtue of their contributions, are recognized as being the most highly regarded professional leaders in music edcuation in the state of Pennsylvania. Recipients will be recognized during the PMEA Awards Breakfast on Saturday, April 25, during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.
  • PMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator
    • Award created to honor an outstanding young PMEA member music educator within their first 3-5 years of teaching for their contributions to music education and PMEA.  The recipient will be recognized during the PMEA Awards Breakfast on Saturday, April 25, during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.
  • PMEA Outstanding Superintendent Award
    • To honor a superintendent in Pennsylvania that has supported music education in his/her school district. The recipient will be recognized during the General Session on Friday, April 24, during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos. Nominations must be submitted by a PMEA member. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.
  • PMEA Citation of Excellence 
    • On a two year rotation between elementary or middle/junior high and high school or college/university. The Citation of Excellence is awarded to PMEA members who have made lasting contributions in their area of teaching. The 2020 Award will be given to educators at the Elementary or Middle School Level.  Awardees (one from each district of PMEA) will be recognized during the PMEA Awards Breakfast during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference on Saturday April 25. Nominations must be submitted by a PMEA member. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.
  • PMEA 25 Years of Teaching Recognition
    • Were you a first year teacher in the fall of 1993 or prior to that time? PMEA recognizes members, elementary through college/university music educators, who have taught 25 years (or more) with at least 15 years of teaching in Pennsylvania. (Person must currently be a PMEA member, however does not need to have been a PMEA member for 25 years.) Recipients will be recognized at the Thursday night feature concert during the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in the Poconos. *Recipients must be present in order to accept the award, or have a colleague present to accept on their behalf. The deadline for applications is January 6, 2020.

Honorary Membership

  • Sammy Nestico – composer 
  • Vaclav Nelhybel – composer*

Honorary Life Membership

  • A.D. Davenport*
  • Russell E. Shuttlesworth*
  • Ronald C. Teare*
  • W. Fred Orth*
  • Maurice Taylor
  • Irene R. Christman*
  • Frederick DelMonte*
  • Carmen Culp*
  • Marie Weber

Irene R. Christman Scholarship Recipients

James R. Stewart Distinguished Service Award Recipients

William L. Nash Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients

PMEA Hall of Fame Recipients

Outstanding Young Music Educator Award Recipients

PMEA Outstanding Superintendent Award Recipients

PMEA Citation of Excellence Recipients