MSVMA would like to thank our 2019-2020 Donors. Gifts to MSVMA support music teachers and students all over the state.

2019-2020 Donors

Nancy Bray

Eric Cadena

Lyn Ciechanski

Kathleen Cunningham

Jennifer Dickie

Eric Floetke

Carol Gess

Angel Gippert

Rick Gossett

Julia Holt

Connie Hyatt

Debra Jacks

Erik Jacobson

Juanita Joiner

Mark Krempski

Paul Lewandowski

Mark Lundgren

Robert & Johanna Oster

James Parker

Theodore Pasma

Ellen Pool

Mary Rashid

Dennis Ryans

Ronald Rogers

Deborah Root

Brandon Ulrich

Gloria Wheeler

Gail Worden

2020 Teacher of the Year - 




MSVMA Emeritus Status

The Emeritus Membership Program honors retired MSVMA members, whose lives have been devoted to the enhancement of choral music in secondary schools. Nominations are made at spring District meetings and submitted to the MSVMA past president by June 1 for Board of Directors review. A one-time selection fee of $100 per candidate is paid by their District.

  • Taught vocal music or been actively involved with a choral music program for twenty-five or more years.
  • May have spent part of his/her career as a supervisor, coordinator, chairman or director of a school music program which includes choral music.
  • Demonstrated significant service to MSVMA.
  • Spent part of their careers in Michigan and with credit given for choral teaching or supervising and active vocal music organization membership in other states.

Lifetime membership in MSVMA is granted to recipients of Member Emeritus status. Members Emeritus may not serve as officers.

Candidates for emeritus status have:

Exceptions regarding teaching and/or length of tenure may be considered by the Executive Board.

Teachers of the Year


2019 James Cumings

2018 Monty Bishop

2017 Kelli Falls
2016 Rebecca Scofield
2015 Pamela Pierson 
2014 Steve Hinz and Russ Larimer
2013 Todd Schreiber
2012 Rodney Bushey
2011 James Borst
2010 Robert Cindric
2009 Norma Freeman
2008 Bruce Snyder
2007 Richard Ingram
2006 Cheryl Gapinski
2005 Catherine Brodie and Wendee Wolf-Schlarf
2004 Robert Oster
2003 Mark Webb
2002 Gregory Cleveland
2001 Nina Scott
2000 Leslie Rowsey
1999 Robert A. Martin
1998 Virginia Anderson-Kerwin
1997 Susan Catanese
1996 Frank DeWald and Robert Sabourin
1995 Shirley Lemon
1994 Thomas Stokes
1993 Wendy Lake and Nancy Lange
1992 Nancy Bray
1991 Larry Wolf
1990 Brazeal Dennard
1989 John Tyner
1988 David Jorlett
1987 Howard Rizner
1986 Marvin Ritsema
1985 Donald Scott
1984 Helmut "Fritz" Petrich
1983 Roger Dehn
1982 John Bright
1981 Lowell Everson and James Mahoney
1980 Dorotha Schuler
1979 Jerry Smith
1978 Guy "Skip" Frizzell
1977 James Leonard
1976 Andy Zerban
1975 John Tousley
1974 Robert Ballard
1973 Eugene Dyer
1972 Eleanor Balaam
1971 John Elwell
1970 Gerald Gilbert
1969 Alfred "Giff" Richards
1968 Kenneth Jewell

Reaching for the Stars Award


Margaret Payne

Wendy L Treacher

Paul Heidemann

Robert Cindric

2020 Emeritus 


John Beck

Monty Bishop

Janet Brodersen

Sharon Garner

MSVMA Emeriti

William Abbott
Karlene Bach
Marti Beilfuss

Tracee Behnke-Lentz

Jerry Blackstone

Lavonne Bomeli
Carol Brand-Twa
Nancy Bray
Catherine Brodie
Tony Bumbaca
Vallory Bunday
Harry Burgess
Dr. Judith Burns
Rick Bushey
Rod Bushey
Virginia Caro
Bette Jane Dunlap Carrothers
Susan Catanese

Robert Cindric

Ellen Clement-Bureau

Gregory Cleveland

Phillip Clissold
Fred Colgren
Kevin Cushman
Roger Dehn
Sarah Dergazarian
Dr John Dovaras
Barbara Edwards
David Erfourth
Lowell Everson
Patricia Flesher
Norma Freeman
Guy Frizzell

Cheryl Gallas

Carole Galli

Cheryl Gapinski
Edward German
Carol Gess
Catherine Gilson
Charles & Dottie Gleason
Rick Gossett
Linda Grahek
Larry Gray
Sharon Green
Helen Hansens
Robert Hay
Bill Henson
Richard Hintz
Susan Hiser
Verna Holley
Connie Hyatt
Bernard Hyland

Richard Ingram

Dr Gilbert Jackson

Darla Jewell

Juanita Joiner
David Jorlett
Paula Joyner-Clinard
Thomas Kasdorf
Leo Klein
Patricia LaJoye
Nancy Lange
Russell Larimer
Shirley Lemon
Tim Lentz

Harvey Lucas

Mark Lundgren
Betsy Marsh
Linda Martino
Anne Maters
Patricia McKinney
Denise Minter
Geneene Morrisson
Nancy Moyes
Merle Mustert
Dean Nederveld
Karen Nevins
Lynn Nichols-Garland
Thomas Norager

Andrew Nowak
Robert Oster
James Parker
Theodore Pasma
Margaret Payne

Judith Pellerito

Pamela Pierson

Linda Pratt
Judith Premin

Marcia Pustelnik
Mary Rashid
Jeanne Rasmussen

Carol Rau

Douglas Robinson

Jeff Robinson

Ronald Rogers
Ruth Rollefson
Les Rowsey
Robert Sabourin

Fred Sang

Denise Sauter

Karen Schadel
Evelyn Schuette
Rebecca Scofield
Donald Scott
Nina Scott
Wilbur (Webb) Scrivnor
Judie Sharpe
Ron Sine
Dr Jerry Smith
Bruce Snyder
Christopher Sprink
Thomas Stokes
Mary Alice Stollak
Wendy Treacher
Mary Trolla
John Tyner

Joel Van Houten

Alice Van Wambeke
Catherine A. Walker
Candice Wallace
Melvin Wasserman
Alan Watterworth
Mark Webb
Colin Weber
Cherry Westerman
Kenneth Westerman
Arvin Wierda
David Wikman
Larry Wolf

Faith Yassick

Alexander Zerban


                                                                                                  

Michigan School Vocal Music Association

P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

(231) 592 - 9344


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