2020 Music Educator of the Year: Brice Henry

Brice Henry is in his fifth year of teaching music at West Liberty-Salem Local Schools in West Liberty, Ohio. In addition to his teaching at school, he also directs his church choir, accompanies a local Show Choir, and offers private lessons in saxophone, piano, and voice.

Growing up in Bellefontaine, Brice was thrilled to return back to his hometown after receiving his Bachelors of Music Education from Otterbein University. While in undergrad, Brice was a member of the touring Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble, was the president of their Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association Chapter, and spent his extra time as a Resident Assistant. For a brief period, Brice also played saxophone with the Westerville Community Band and performed with the Westerville Symphony on their performance of Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije.

Residing in Bellefontaine, he and his wife Bethany have started a family with their two daughters, Harper and Cece, and two dogs, Phoebe and Midnight.

The WL-S Choir program is growing steadily each year, and Brice has hopes to start an auditioned choir that will travel, compete, and perform in many locations.

Brice’s teaching day includes a class in Music Theory, Music Theatre, 1st and 3rd Grade General Music, and Grades 7-12 Choir. In addition to his teaching day, Brice also is the assistant Marching Band director, director of the newly-formed show choir, and co-director of the Musical Productions each spring. Brice is dedicated to being a lifelong learner of music and all it has to offer and is so thankful to teach in an area where local music educators collaborate to create authentic and genuine music experiences for the students.

The Music Educator of the Year Award is open for nominations from the general public. Nominees must be a music educator in a public, parochial, or private school, or private lesson studio, in grades K-12, in Clark, Champaign, Greene, Miami, Montgomery or Madison counties. Educators from the following fields are eligible: General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition, Music Technology, and Private Instruction Studio.

The award will be presented by Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson from the stage of the Kuss Auditorium during a subscription concert of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Past Winners of the SSO Music Educator of the Year Award:

» 2019 Valerie (Detray) Buckley

» 2018 Sean Hurley

» 2017 Michael Weller

» 2016 Lydia Smith-Lockwood

» 2015 Karen Gorretta

» 2014 Amy Whitehall

» 2013 Jim Templeton

» 2012 Sharon Safely

» 2011 Evalind Pickering

Valerie (Detray) Buckley received the 2019 Music Educator of the Year Award

Sean-Hurley-right Sean Hurley received the 2018 Music Educator of the Year Award

Michael-Weller-right Michael Weller received the 2017 Music Educator of the Year Award

Smith-Lockwood-right Lydia Smith-Lockwood received the 2016 Music Educator of the Year Award

Goretta-right Karen Goretta received the 2015 Music Educator of the Year Award
MEOY-Whitehill-Award Amy Whitehill receives the 2014 Music Educator of the Year Award from Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson

MOEY-Jim-Templeton Jim Templeton receives the 2013 Music Educator of the Year Award from Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson

MEOY-Safely Sharon Safley acknowledges her 2012 Music Educator of the Year Award

MEOY-Pickering Evalind Pickering receives the 2011 Music Educator of the Year Award from Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson


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