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. Voting is open until January 4, 2021. Please read about each candidate below, and then cast your vote by following this link:
2021 Teacher of the Year Candidates
Jonathan Glawe is currently the Director of Orchestras at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Currently in his thirteenth year at Pioneer High School, Glawe has spent a great amount of time working to encourage a high level of musical excellence, while also aiming to push the program to new goals, both in the classroom and in the community. The Pioneer Orchestra motto, developed under Glawe’s tenure is “Musicianship, Citizenship and Friendship”, which drives the Pioneer Orchestra program in everything they do. In his time at Pioneer, he has successfully taken his ensembles to perform in New York City in 2009, Austria and Germany in 2011, San Francisco in 2013, Italy in 2015, New Orleans, LA 2017, and London, UK in 2019. In addition, Glawe has worked to bring the Pioneer orchestras into the community, having held side by side events with orchestras across the country, performing at MMC, Midwest Clinic, and the National Orchestra Festival. Glawe is the director and founder of the yearly Pioneer orchestra camp that takes place each August on the campus of the beautiful Interlochen Center for the Arts. Recently, Glawe’s work in the virtual teaching setting, and his willingness to dedicate his time to others with creating virtual ensemble opportunities has been invaluable to many teachers across the United States and abroad.
Nominator’s Statement of Support:
Jonathan Glawe is one of the most dedicated string educators we have in Michigan. His incredible optimism, dedication to his students and colleagues provides so much comfort and support, especially this past year with the difficulties we are all facing in the educational community. Of particular importance is his work in advocating for the UpBeat music app which with his help has become a way for our students who are learning virtually to connect to one another as musicians.
Mr. Glawe spends incredible amounts of time preparing meaningful programming for his students, listening to them perform, preparing opportunities for them to perform in public, researching the past and protecting the legacy of the Ann Arbor Pioneer Orchestras, and ensuring that his students have access to all festival opportunities available to them through MASTA and other organizations. He is a champion of String Education!
Amy Marr has directed the Tecumseh Schools Orchestra Program in Tecumseh, Michigan, since 2004, where she has taught 5th – 9th Grade Orchestra and Beginning Guitar. She has led students in performances at the National ASTA Conference, Michigan Music Conference, and Saline Celtic Festival, as well as in performances with over 20 nationally-recognized and internationally-renowned artists, such as Barrage, Natalie MacMaster, Kiana June Weber, Jeremy Kittel, Christian Howes, and Mark Wood. In addition to her teaching duties, Amy currently serves Tecumseh Public Schools as the Middle School Electives Department Chair and as a Mentor Teacher.
An active clinician at both the state and national levels, Amy has worked with orchestras throughout Michigan and presented sessions on starting new string programs, recruiting, motivation, music selection, and alternative-styles music at the 2006-2016 and 2020 ASTA National Conferences, as well as the 2009-2015 Michigan Music Conferences and the 2014 MSBOA Director Development Days. In 2021, Amy is scheduled to give virtual presentations at the Michigan Music Conference, National ASTA Conference, and in a National ASTA webinar.
Amy served as the ASTA National Conference Chair from 2017-2019; other past ASTA leadership roles include Vice-Chair of the Conference Committee, Chair of the Eclectic Strings Committee and Eclectic Strings Festival, member of the Editorial Committee of American String Teacher, and member of the K-12 Committee. In 2010, Amy founded the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) Alternative Styles Day and ran this event through 2013. Additionally, Amy taught at the Michigan ASTA String Camps from 2001-2010 and in 2013, as well as served as Assistant Director of Sessions I and II from 2006-2010.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, she plays viola in the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and performs all styles of music on the violin. In 2013, MSBOA named Amy the Michigan Orchestra Teacher of the Year. Amy inspires her students to learn to be better people through their love of making music. She currently resides in Britton, MI, with her husband, Bryan; children, Aiden and Allison; and two cats.
Nominator’s Statement of Support:
I’ve known Amy her whole life, even before! Her mother was Nancy Haynes when she came to Saline to do her student teaching in 1973 — what a great team we were. She met Ken Feldkamp that semester and they were married — played at their wedding :-). Fast forward. Their first child was a girl. Nancy wanted me to be 3-yr.-old Amy’s first violin teacher. Of course, I said “yes”. Amy was amazing and progressed rapidly, was a star in Bob Phillips’ Saline program (I was now teaching in the A2 Schools), did her music degrees at EMU, also became a very good trumpet player! She eventually ended up in Tecumseh and has blossomed into a multi-facited music educator, as her bio indicates. I have heard her students and actually participated in a concert some years ago.
Wendy Stuart has been a dedicated orchestra teacher in the Clarkston School District for 21 years. She was the only orchestra/strings teacher in the district until she developed the program, that it grew and the district had to hire another teacher. Her ensembles consistently earn superior ratings at the MSBOA orchestra festival at the district and State levels. She also taught String Method Classes, for several years, at the Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Wendy has been an adjudicator for MSBOA Solo and Ensemble festivals, where she impart her string pedagogy knowledge to many students. She has worked as a string clinician for many of the schools. Wendy also presented a session at the MMC and was on the panel for a couple of the MMC Make and Take sessions. As a member of MASTA, Wendy Stuart served as the secretary for 6 years. She also ran the session 3 of the MASTA Strings Camp for 6 years and was a cello coach for 3 years. Wendy graduated from Eastern Michigan University as a cello performance major. She earned her Master’s in Music Education form the University of Michigan. She was also the recipient of the MSBOA District IV “Teacher of the Year” on two occasions. Outside of teaching, Wendy is the Conductor of the Oakland Youth Symphony’s Philharmonia Orchestra, where she has held this position for 10 years. She also performs, as a cellist, in several orchestras: Oakland Symphony (assistant principal), Saginaw Bay Symphony and the Flint Symphony and is a substitute cellist in many of the metropolitan Detroit orchestras.
Nominator’s Statement of Support:
Wendy Stuart has made a profound impact on string education in the state of Michigan. Her dedication and inspiration has encouraged her students and other students while working with them as a teacher, mentor, adjudicator and musical to excel, appreciate, share and enjoy music. In addition to her teaching and coaching, Wendy has given her time generously to MASTA in order that more students and educators would continue to have a strong voice in String/Orchestral education. These attributes are what give me great pleasure to nominate Wendy Stuart for the 2021 MASTA Teacher of the Year.