Vote for the 2019 MASTA Teacher of the Year

It’s time to vote for the MASTA Teacher of the Year.  In 2014, our organization began alternating this award between studio teachers and classroom teachers each year, and this is the year to award a classroom teacher.  Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote by following this link:

Teacher of the Year Voting

2019 Teacher of the Year Candidates

Lynn Brosnan

Lynn Brosnan – Orchestra Teacher at Abbott Middle and Oakland Early College Schools 

Nominator Statement of Support and Bio:

“Lynn Brosnan has been a private and classroom instructor for over 35 years. She has a Master of Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Violin Performance and Music Education Bachelor Degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Studies from Wayne State University.

Lynn has taught in the West Bloomfield School District for the last fourteen years. Currently she is the Instrumental Director at Oakland Early College and Orchestra Director at Abbott Middle School. Her orchestras consistently receive First Division ratings at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festivals. She has had students qualify as Outstanding Soloists at the Michigan Youth Arts Festivals and has had many participate in the All-State Honors Bands and Orchestras.

Lynn has been a conductor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Lynn is a sought after Clinician and Adjudicator. She was an Adjunct Professor of String Methods for three years at Wayne State University. Lynn has served on the MASTA Board as Treasurer and as the MASTA Representative on the Michigan Music Conference Committee. In addition to teaching, Lynn is a violinist who performs with area ensembles throughout Michigan including the Saginaw Bay Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre and the Fox Theatre Orchestras.”  

CJohnson HeadShot2Carol Johnson – Orchestra Teacher, Jenison Public Schools

Nominator Statement of Support and Bio:

“Carol Johnson has been a successful string teacher for almost 20 years.  She has directed the elementary and middle school string programs for the Jenison Public Schools since 2002.  Her orchestras always perform with great sensitivity and musicianship, as reflected in her consistently high festival ratings.  Her solo and chamber musicians are well prepared and perform at a high level.  Carol has also successfully directed youth orchestras and summer camp orchestras throughout her many years of service.

Carol is a much sought after clinician and guest conductor throughout the state.  She has presented at the Michigan Music Conference many times and is repeatedly asked back to share her insights.  She has been invited to various school programs across Michigan to guest conduct, has directed various ensembles for the MSBOA string clinics, and has conducted numerous honors orchestras in Michigan.

Carol is a gifted composer and has written several popular titles published by Belwin/Alfred.  For many years, Carol has been a private lesson instructor and has helped many students become more accomplished and successful musicians. She also performs as part of the Signature String Quartet and has played events throughout Michigan. 

Carol has served MASTA and MSBOA with distinction for many years and has always brought a great sense of professionalism to her roles within these organizations.  She has worked with a host of student teachers from various colleges and universities and has played a significant part in training many teachers in our profession.

I have had the privilege to watch and observe many string teachers in my 30 years as a music educator.  Without a doubt, Carol Johnson is one of the most gifted and musical string teachers that I have have ever seen work and conduct.  She has contributed to our profession in as many ways as is I think possible, and always with a level of quality that is nothing short of outstanding. 

Adding Carol’s name to the list of MASTA Teacher of the Year recipients would honor her exemplary career as a Michigan string educator.”

Linda Trotter PictureLinda Trotter – Orchestra Director, West Bloomfield High School & Orchard Lake Middle School

Nominator Statement of Support and Bio:

“Linda Trotter has had a profound impact on string education in the state of Michigan, inspiring and leading countless students to enjoy, appreciate and excel as string players. Linda Trotter is finishing her 36th year of public school teaching, spending the last 21 years teaching in the West Bloomfield School District. Currently, Linda is the Orchestra Director at West Bloomfield High School and Orchard Lake Middle School where her ensembles receives top/superior ratings at instate and out-of-state festivals. Many of her students have achieved honors such as being members of the All State Orchestras, MYAF Orchestras, requested to audition as a soloist for MYAF, and as a member of the National Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Linda graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Music Education, and Marygrove College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching. She also attended Adrian College and took advanced courses at Wayne State University.

Her commitment to the profession is clear in her long-standing leadership roles in both MASTA and MSBOA. Linda has served the Michigan chapter of the American String Teachers Association for the past 10 years. Most recently as the chapters Secretary. Prior to this, she was Project Director for Membership and the MSBOA Liaison for MASTA. In addition, she is on the committee for music commission and the Director Development Days for MSBOA. She has also served her MSBOA District 4 as Vice President of Band and Orchestra Festival, Secretary and Vice President of Orchestra Activities; she also served at the state level as Vice President of Orchestral Activities which include being the Liaison to MASTA and Secretary/Treasurer. 

Linda has been active as a string adjudicator, guest conductor, Mid-Level Orchestra Clinic conductor, and guest clinician. She has been a conductor for the MASTA String Camps, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and “Day for Strings” at Walled Lake, Dearborn Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Public Schools Honors Orchestra. She has also been a sectional and chamber music coach for MASTA String Camp. Linda has also presented at the MMC, with her orchestra as a demo group, on the topic “Teaching a Multi-Level Orchestra Classes”. Linda has also served as an adjunct professor of music at Marygrove College for the String Education Department.

As a violinist, her accomplishments are vast, and include leadership positions, as well as the opportunity to perform along-side amazing musical luminaries.  Linda is a member of the Michigan Philharmonic, the Motor City Symphony, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestras, and has been a member of the Dearborn Symphony (Principal Second), Dearborn Summer Festival Orchestra (Concertmaster), Detroit Symphony Civic (Concertmaster, Principal Second and Principal Viola), and the Windsor Symphony orchestras and performed in orchestra for the Fox and Little Caesar Arena orchestras. She has been a featured soloist with several of the local Community Orchestras, including the Southfield Symphony, Dearborn Summer Festival Orchestra 
and the Grosse Pointe Symphonies. Linda has had the honor of performing with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Barry White, Harry Belafonte, Lorrie Morgan and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. Her recording credits include the works of William Banfield, Richard Smallwood, and Fred Hammond.

Additional note of support from a colleague: ‘I always greatly appreciated Linda Trotter, from the time I first met her as a candidate for the West Bloomfield High School/Middle School/Elementary School Orchestra Teacher in West Bloomfield. The orchestra program was young, having started in 1989 at all schools, and the numbers had increased the need to add a position dedicated especially to the high school.  We were very fortunate to acquire her. Linda’s background in conducting youth orchestras, performing in many orchestras in the Detroit/SE Michigan area, and her excellence as a player of all the instruments was truly impressive. I later enjoyed playing some gigs with her! As a teacher, her ability to conduct orchestra at all levels, to relate to & work with all students, her dedication to excellence and passion for music, were inspiring.  It was wonderful to have her as a colleague and, when I retired in 2005, to know that the district orchestra program was in excellent and dedicated hands. I am delighted to wholeheartedly support her nomination as Teacher of the Year for MASTA!’”