FI School’s Chris Dollar Named Quarterfinalist for Music Educator Award by Grammy Foundation


Congratulations to Fishers Island School’s Music Teacher Chris Dollar

Chris was nominated for this honor and is among the total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states whose names have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

At Fishers Island School, Chris teaches Music Technology and 7th and 8th grade Music Theory. He directs the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Ensemble, 5th – 6th Grade Band, S.E.E.K. Cluster Jazz Ensemble, the Fishers Island Chorus, Fishers Island School Band, and student soloists. He organizes special performances including the Fall and Spring Concerts and Commencement Exercises for Fishers Island School, and the Music in the Parks Festival held annually at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA. Outside of the music department at the school he is a Student Council co-adviser, Golf Coach, Drama Director, and handles District Technology Support. Chris (often with a student) also performs on the Island at events that have included the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, the Fishers Island Yacht Club Commissioning and various religious and civic ceremonies.

We are delighted, yet not surprised, that Chris was nominated for this prestigious honor. He brings an extraordinary love of music and teaching to each of his vocal and instrumental students every day. Our students, from grade one to grade twelve, are passionate about music because of the high levels of energy and expertise he shares with them on a daily basis. ~ Karen Goodwin, Fishers Island School Superintendent/Principal

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award) during GRAMMY Week 2016.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to host city of the GRAMMY Awards to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys.

For a complete list of the quarterfinalists visit this link: Grammy in the Schools

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