2015 UTASTA Annual Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 UTASTA Annual Award Winners

Presented at the Utah ASTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

St. George, Utah – 7 February 2015

Congratulations to this year’s Utah ASTA Annual Award Winners! We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and keynote address by Jerry Jaccard at our awards banquet. If we missed you, we hope you’ll look over the award recipients and read the keynote address here.

Elementary Teacher of the Year – Lauri Driggs

I feel like the luckiest violin teacher alive because of the wonderful families and young students I get to teach. I am a Suzuki teacher and mother and a lifelong student of music. The daughter of two music educators, I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA.  I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Music Education. I came to Utah Valley in 2007 from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have now come full circle from the time I left Provo, in 1984. After leaving the Y I taught violin in Mesa, Arizona and played with the Mesa Symphony Orchestra for 8 seasons.  We then moved our growing family to Rancho Cucamonga, California where I taught lessons and was on the faculty of the Claremont Community Music School. A move to Las Vegas brought new opportunities in the thriving music community there.  Again I taught privately and took on a school program through the Nevada School of the Arts and served on the board of the Las Vegas Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus. Now that we’re back in Utah, I am teaching 30 private students and heading up the ever growing string program at Provost Elementary school in the Provo School District.  My principal, Dr Steven Oliverson, and I will be presenting a class at the National Title One Conference in Salt Lake City in February 2015.  The presentation is entitled “How Music Can Turn Your School Around.” I am also co-chairing the Utah Valley String Teachers Festival in March 2015. I feel truly blessed to be part of the music and teaching communities everywhere I have lived. There are no better people on earth!

Secondary Teacher of the Year – Amanda Riley

Amanda Riley, currently teaches orchestra and choir at Beaver High School and general music at Belknap Elementary School in Beaver. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University, in Family Home and Social Sciences.  She followed her love for music as she started each of her young children playing the violin at age 3.  She studied beside each one of them and began teaching privately out of her home.  Her school teaching career began as she directed a 5-6th grade choir at Belknap Elementary.  When the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program granted funds, she began to teach full time and worked to begin an after school elementary orchestra program, with just a few students.  The community appreciated the addition of music to their young children’s lives, and she was asked to extend the orchestra program to the high school. Today the orchestra program in the little community of Beaver has grown to include elementary, junior high and high school orchestras where she reaches hundreds of students.  Amanda’s love for music, her family and the youth of the community has driven her to have a successful program where student feel safe, encouraged and allowed to follow their dreams.  She has a passion for touching student’s lives, inspiring them to achieve excellence.

Outstanding Contribution to Music Education – Jerry Jaccard

Professor Emeritus Jerry L. Jaccard directs the BYU InterMuse Academy for Pedagogy and Musicianship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He was recently inducted as an Honorary Member of the International Kodály Society in which he currently serves as the Lead Editor of the IKS Bulletin—Scholarly Journal of the International Kodály Society (IKS); is the Founding Chair of the IKS László Vikár International Folk Music Research Forum, and former vice-president of the IKS. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Outstanding Educator, the 2007 Senator Reed Smoot Utah Education Service, the 2013 BYU Continuing Education Faculty Excellence, and the 2014 Provo City Schools Outstanding Service awards. His book, A Tear in the Curtain: The Musical Diplomacy of Erzsébet Szőnyi: Musician, Composer, and Teacher of Teachers, published by Peter Lang Publishing, is now in its second printing, as is also his English translation of Edgar Willems’s Psychological Foundations of Musical Education published by BYU Creative Works. Jerry and his wife Alta have six children and fifteen grandchildren. (BMusEd University of Arizona, MME Holy Names University, EdD University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

Special Accomplishment and Recognition – Kayson Brown

Kayson Brown is a passionate music educator and performer whose primary goal is to inspire audiences and the musicians under his direction. Kayson completed a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Brigham Young University where he served as both cello and conducting faculty. He is the founder of the Lyceum Music Festival and director of the American Heritage Lyceum Orchestras Program where he oversees five youth orchestras and a nationally significant summer music festival. In 2013, Kayson was recognized as the “best music educator” in Utah by Best of State Utah. The Philharmonic which he directs has won for “best orchestra” six years consecutively. Kayson conducted, produced, and arranged music selections for two albums featuring the award-winning Philharmonic. Kayson has performed as a concerto soloist with more than a dozen orchestras and conducted more than 25 symphony orchestras including professional, university, and youth orchestras across the country and abroad. He was featured conducting in The Piano Guys PBS Great Performances Special, “Live at Red Butte.” Kayson co-wrote the Beethoven’s 5 Secrets single that ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Classical Charts and currently has a combined over 30 million views on YouTube. He has conducted many of the music industry’s top professionals including The 5 Browns, The Piano Guys, Jackie Evancho, Jenny Oaks Baker, Igor & Vesna Gruppman, Trans-Siberia Orchestra’s Mark Wood, and many more. Kayson earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance at the University of Utah where he studied with John Eckstein of the Utah Symphony. Kayson has also worked with some of the world’s premier cellists, including international soloist Natalie Clein, Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet, and principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, Carter Brey. Kayson has maintained a studio of fine young cellists for many years and is currently sharing his cello expertise online through www.Learn2playcello.com

Recognition for Lifetime Achievement – JoAnne Craine Hinkle

JoAnne Hinkle was the director of orchestras at Tooele High School and Tooele Jr. High School, from 1998, until June 2014, when she retired.  She also taught the elementary orchestra program that fed into Tooele High School from six nearby elementary schools.  The period from 1998, until 2001, she also directed the orchestras at Grantsville High School and Grantsville Middle School. JoAnne graduated magna cum laud from the University of Utah with a BMus, and affiliated there with Mu Phi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi.  She did not work on a teaching credential until about 15 years later, after volunteering with her daughter’s school orchestra with Porter Dutson.  Before that she taught private violin lessons and did some fiddling and performing. She completed a MM, with an emphasis in instrumental music education, from Boston University’s online program while continuing to work full time. Since retirement she has started playing with the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, and is serving on that board as secretary. She is proud of the progress the Tooele orchestras made in her 16 years there, and especially proud of winning the fight to establish the Chamber Strings group as a class for more advanced players.  She also established the Tooele District Orchestra Festival for the three district High school orchestras to have the opportunity to perform for each other and combine into a full orchestra with some outstanding guests.

Higher Education Teacher of the Year – Lawrence Green

Lawrence Green is fluent in many guitar styles including classical, rock, jazz and country.  Born in Washington, D.C. in 1954, Mr. Green grew up in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. suburbs playing in rock and blues bands and also studying classical guitar.  As a student, he studied with Loren Pomeroy at Brigham Young University and Frank Koonce at Arizona State University.  Mr. Green manages to keep all the guitar styles going: his band, Jerseystreet plays at local and regional venues in the Western United States. Lawrence Green is guitar faculty in the School of Music at Brigham Young University and teaches over 600-700 students a year in classes and private lessons.  He is the author of several publications including Lawrence Green’s Great Big Guitar Method.  He performs as classical guitar soloist throughout the Utah/Intermountain area at such venues as the Temple Square Concert Series. Mr. Green has also performed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley and American Fork Symphonies, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Utah Baroque Ensemble and is in demand as a chamber player.   Mr. Green has performed in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and has been invited along with baritone Arden Hopkin to perform at the University of Haifa in Israel this coming November. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYROuT5Mxg