NAfME member and 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award winner Jeffery Redding is the choral director at West Orange High School in Winter Park, Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Florida A&M University, and his masters degree and doctorate in music at Florida State University. He recently shared who inspired him to become a music educator and encouragement to those considering becoming music educators.
The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have honored NAfME member Lori Lyford of Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, with the 2019 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, performance, and lifelong impact on young singers. The award was presented to Ms. Lyford in January during the Next Generation Junior Barbershop Chorus Festival, held at the Midwinter Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.