Music Educator Awards

For more than 75 years, the North Carolina Symphony has worked hand-in-hand with statewide music educators. Working together, each year we reach more than 100,000 students across North Carolina and beyond with music programming.

The North Carolina Symphony’s annual Music Educator Awards recognize outstanding teachers who make meaningful connections between students’ personal and musical lives; inspire students of all abilities and backgrounds to reach for appropriately high musical expectations and growth; serve the school community and larger community in an exemplary manner; and serve as a role model for music education. Honorees receive monetary awards that are generously funded by the Jennie H. Wallace Educator Award Fund.

The following awards are presented each year:

  • Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator ($1,000 Award)
  • Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement ($500 Award)
  • North Carolina Symphony Musicians Award (for teachers<10 Years’ Experience ($500 Award)

In addition to a monetary award, honorees also receive public recognition at a future NC Symphony concert, tickets to a 2023/24 Classical series concert of their choosing, a school visit from a NC Symphony musician and/or small ensemble; and complimentary registration to the 2023 NC Music Educators Association Conference.

For more information, contact Jason Spencer at or 919.789.5461.

Previous Honorees: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017