For every performer who makes it to the Grammy stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. Dr. Joseph Perniciaro, assistant professor of music and theatre at Fort Hays State University, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Music Educator Award.
Current educators in the U.S., who teach music in public or private schools -- kindergarten through college -- are eligible to be nominated for the award.
Ten finalists will be selected in May including one winner to be recognized for the impact they have had on students. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles, Calif., to accept the award and attend the Grammys. The winner also wins $10,000. All finalists will receive $1,000.
The Grammy Music Educator Award is supported by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation and the National Association for Music Education.
Perniciaro will also present a recital this summer at the International Conference of the College Music Society, June 18 through June 24, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The conference will include scholarly discourse and the presentation of new music by CMS members.
The Program Committee invites the broadest representation from the music profession and its interests, and welcomes proposals from students, faculty, retirees and independent musicians from all educational and professional settings. Perniciaro submitted a proposal and was selected out of hundreds of applicants.
"I will present works from an American composer," said Perniciaro. Dr. Irena Ravitskaya, assistant professor of music and theatre at FHSU, will accompany him on the piano.