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FSU’s Dr. Ronald Horner a Quarterfinalist for GRAMMY’s Music Education Award

FSU’s Dr. Ronald Horner a Quarterfinalist for GRAMMY’s Music Education Award

Dr. Ronald G. Horner, who teaches percussion in the Department of Music at Frostburg State University, has been named a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists. More than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Horner, of Somerset, Pa., is director of Percussion Studies at FSU. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, he is an active participant in the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Percussive Arts Society. His performing experience includes former membership in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and regular performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

He serves as principal timpanist of the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras in Pennsylvania and is timpanist for the acclaimed Keystone Wind Ensemble. He has recorded on the Deutsche Grammofon, London/Decca, CBS Masterworks and Citadel labels. Horner is a clinician for the Ludwig/Musser division of Selmer Industries and the author of the timpani method book “The Tuneful Timpanist.”

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators – from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools – who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium.

Semifinalists will be announced in September and finalists will be notified in December. The second annual award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception during GRAMMY Week 2015, a weeklong series of cultural events culminating with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund and Journeys.

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