Director of Bands Jonathan Boysen was announced by the GRAMMY Museum as a quarterfinalist for the 2022 Music Educator Award. A total of 219 music teachers from 204 cities are in the running as quarterfinalists, along with an additional 189 legacy applicants from 2021. A complete list of the nominees can be found here. The semifinalists will be announced in September 2021.
“For me, this is recognition for years of hard work, not just by me, but by everyone involved in the band program,” said Boysen. “We can’t have a band program without the students, their families and all of the administrative support Eastside Catholic provides. I view this as an accomplishment for the whole program and the years of hard work that has been invested into it.”
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (teaching 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 award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher—students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
“I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition than Jonathan Boysen,” said High School Principal Ryan Aiello. “His commitment and dedication to the band program, Eastside Catholic’s Mission and Touchstones, and, most importantly, our students, is boundless. Thanks to Jonathan’s ardent support and determination, our band program not only survived the pandemic—it thrived. The creativity, compassion and care he exhibits daily is a model for all to follow, and we are so thankful for his continued service and leadership.”
Each year, one award recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The eighth annual honoree will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 64th GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. Additionally, 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.