FVA Awards

Nomination forms for teacher awards must be submitted by the deadline. 2023 deadline TBA

Service Award

The FVA Service Award’s goal is to recognize its recipient’s contribution of time, energy, expertise, finances and/or other resources that support choral music organizations and their students and teachers in Florida’s secondary schools. Recipients are those whose service aligns with the general intent of Florida Vocal Association’s mission and purpose: 

  1. To promote and develop interest in vocal and general music in Florida’s secondary schools; 
  2. To encourage improvement and advancement in school choral groups;
  3. To advance music education in the State of Florida; and,
  4. To encourage and assist the professional growth of the membership.

Eligibility

Any person who advocates for or serves Florida secondary school choral music is eligible for the Service Award.  It is not necessary for the recipient to be a member of the Florida Vocal Association nor is it necessary that they be a music educator. 

Nomination

A complete nomination includes:

  1. Nomination by any of the following
    • an active FVA member
    • the Awards Committee
  2. Completing nominations via the FVA Service Award Nomination Form
    • Submitting 3 letters of recommendation detailing how the nominee’s service aligns with the description of the award:
      • One letter must be from the nominator
      • Two other letters must be submitted by any individuals who can speak to the nominee’s exemplary service or actions that support choral music education
      • Other letters, though not required, are welcomed, and encouraged to enhance the nomination
    • The nomination form must be completed by May 20, 2022
John Rose Mentorship Award

The FVA John Rose Mentorship Award recognizes teachers who have continuously served as mentors, in an effort to ensure that the profession continues to thrive with qualified and passionate teachers.

Eligibility

  1. Mentor to a range of individuals currently in the field. 
    • At least 3 to 5 individuals
  2. Have a continued relationship with their mentees beyond e.g. the internship
  3. A current or retired FVA member
  4. Teaching a minimum of 10 years
  5. Rated as effective or highly effective for 4/5 ratio of teaching career, and/or received superior MPA ratings 3 of the last, most current, 5 years

Nomination

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, a complete nomination includes:

  1. Being nominated by the nominee’s mentees
  2. Completing nominations via the John Rose Mentorship Award Nomination Form
    • Submitting 2 letters of recommendation detailing how the nominee’s service fits the description of the award
      • One letter is from a mentee 
      • The second letter is from a colleague or an administrator
    • The nomination form must be completed by May 20, 2022.
Lindsay Keller Rising Star Award

The Lindsay Keller Rising Star Award recognizes fourth- or fifth-year teachers who have maintained, grown, and/or established a choral program that is currently thriving under their leadership, within their first four to five years of their teaching. The recipient will be recognized with a plaque at the FVA Summer Conference and will also have their registration fee waived for that conference.  

Eligibility

  1. Participation in MPA at least 3 or 4 years 
    • The number of years teaching, minus 1 
  2. Showing maintenance, growth, or establishment of the program as evidenced in the letter of recommendation
  3. Participation in the All-State process
  4. Participated in their FVA District Choral MPA for the past three (3) consecutive years.

Nomination

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, a complete nomination includes:

  1. Each FVA district nominating one individual
  2. Completing nominations via the Lindsay Keller Rising Star Award Nomination Form
    • Submitting a letter of recommendation from an FVA member in the nominee’s district on behalf of the district as a whole describing the nominee’s work and accomplishments
    • The nomination form must be completed by May 20, 2022.
FVA Hall of Fame

The FVA Hall of Fame recognizes current and former classroom teachers who have exemplified the following:

  1. Excellence in the teaching of music and renown in the area of vocal and choral music education
  2. Noteworthy contributions through dedication and service to vocal music education, with special emphasis on outstanding service to FVA

Eligibility

  1. Must be a current member of FMEA and FVA 
    • Retired or Active — unless nomination is posthumous
  2. Served as a choral director in Florida
  3. Active with FVA for a minimum of 20 years
  4. May be an active or retired classroom teacher

Nomination

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, a complete nomination includes:

  1. Being nominated by any of the following:
    • Any FVA member
    • Self nomination
    • The Awards Committee
  2. Completing nominations via the Hall of Fame Nomination Form.
    • This includes a description of the noteworthy contributions of the nominee.
    • The nomination form must be completed by May 20, 2022.
Roll of Distinction

The FVA Roll of Distinction recognizes teachers no longer active in the classroom who have:

  1. Demonstrated excellence in the teaching of music and are renowned in the area of vocal and choral music education
  2. Demonstrated noteworthy contributions through dedication and service to Florida’s vocal music education, students and their community

Eligibility

  1. Served as a choral director in Florida
  2. No longer an active classroom teacher

Nomination

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, a complete nomination includes:

  1. Being nominated by any of the following:
    • Any FVA member
    • Self nomination
    • The Awards Committee
  2. Completing nominations via the Roll of Distinction Nomination Form.
    • This includes a description of the noteworthy contributions of the nominee.
    • The nomination form must be completed by May 20, 2022.

Past FVA Honorees

FVA Hall of Fame

  • 2010: Harold Bradley, Elaine McNamara, Phyllis Merritt, J. Richard Warren
  • 2011: Peggy Barber, Jim Forssell, Raymond Kickliter, Andrew Wright
  • 2012: Earl F. Little, A. Byron Smith
  • 2013: Beth Meadows, Ree Nathan, John Yost
  • 2014: James W. Hughes, Woodrow W. Nail Jr.
  • 2015: Jackie Hails, Barbara Kingman, E. Tyrrell “Terry” Owen
  • 2016: Judy Arthur, Karen Bradley, Michael DeShong, J. Mark Scott
  • 2017: Keitha Bledsoe, Dale Choate, Danny Compher, Beth Cummings, Deborah Mar
  • 2018: Jamie Bryan, Connie Drosakis, Michael Dye
  • 2019: Julia House, Mary Catherine Salo
  • 2021: James Urbanski
  • 2022: William Renfroe

Roll of Distinction

  • 2010: Anne Folsom, Gretchen Marz, Sandra White
  • 2011: Edna Hargrett-Thrower
  • 2012: R. Wayne Bailey, Jim Copeland, Barbara J. Smith
  • 2013: Betty Mullett, John Rose
  • 2014: Ronald C. Corbin
  • 2019: Greg Carswell
  • 2021: June Capezza, Charles Cheeseman
  • 2022: Dr. Larry Reed

John Rose Mentorship Award

  • 2021: John Weatherspoon
  • 2022: Tommy Jomisko

Lindsay Keller Rising Star Award

  • 2021: Karista Lee MacRostie, Alexis Pletincks
  • 2022: Cindy Ellis, Cara-lyn Mullholand

Service Award

  • 2021: Wesley “Wes” Rainer
  • 2022: Dr. Peter Steenblik