Palm Beach Symphony announces an open call for nominations for the 2018 Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year Award for Palm Beach County.

Do you know a marvelous music teacher in Palm Beach County that deserves some extra recognition? Students, parents, colleagues and members of the community are invited to nominate local instrumental music teachers for the title of Palm Beach Symphony’s Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year. Teachers can be nominated for their outstanding teaching techniques, ability to nurture musical talents, and their capacity for connecting with and inspiring their students.

ELIGIBILITY – Teacher nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current band or orchestra K-12 music teacher at a public, private, or charter school in Palm Beach County
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience working directly with students, teaching music within a classroom/school setting
  • Meet standards of professional and ethical conduct and demonstrate respect and integrity in dealing with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Demonstrate an ability to successfully transfer their knowledge, passion, and love of music to students and to teach and inspire students to build musical knowledge and experiences
  • Have an exemplary history of work in music education and play an active role in the community, as well as within the school


  • Nominators must complete a nomination form and submit it by November 2, 2018
  • Submissions that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes esteemed musicians, industry professionals, and educators in Palm Beach County
  • Winner will be honored at awards ceremony held during Palm Beach Symphony’s Annual Holiday Luncheon – Holly Jolly Symphony Fête – at The Sailfish Club of Florida on Monday, December 17, 2018


  • Official 2018 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR framed certificate
  • Monetary Award to be used for classroom resources ($1,000 open credit at Chafin Musicenter)
  • Orchestra/Band Coaching Sessions by PB Symphony musicians during 2018-2019 school year ($2,000 value)
  • Invitation for a student ensemble of winning teacher’s choice to perform at Palm Beach Symphony’s Annual Gala (February 18, 2019 at The Breakers Palm Beach)
  • Basket of Indulgences – Winning teacher will enjoy dining, entertainment, and pampering gift items!


AUG 15, 2018

Nomination Forms available online

NOV 2, 2018

Nomination Forms due by 5:00 pm

NOV 5-9, 2018

Panel review and selection

DEC 17, 2018

Winning teacher is honored at Holly Jolly Symphony Fête

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Music Teacher of Year Nomination Form

Please complete this form to nominate a teacher for the Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year Award in Palm Beach County.