2011 Outstanding Music Educator

Dwayne Dunn

The 2011 KMEA Teacher of the Year is Dr. Dwayne Dunn. Dr. Dunn has been a choral music educator for over 26 years in Texas, Missouri, and, for the last nine years, in Kansas. He earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University, and earned advanced degrees at Southwest Texas State University and at Louisiana State University.

Since 2001 Dr. Dunn has directed the choral music program at Olathe East High School. There he instructs 230+ students in four choirs and team-teaches the musical theater repertory class. His choirs provide stellar examples of excellence in music performance yearly, and he and his students have earned over 122 gold medals at State Music Festivals. One of the highlights of his Olathe East tenure was the 2008 performance by the Olathe East Madrigal Choir at the MENC National Convention in Milwaukee.

Dr. Dunn is a respected scholar, and has many, many publications in his name. He has been an adjudicator and clinician for a multitude of music festivals in states throughout the Midwest and the South.

KMEA has tapped into Dr. Dunn's expertise, because following the 2011 ISW he will take over the reins as the State Choral Chair.

A colleague said, "Students enter the Olathe East choral music program knowing that the standard of achievement is set very high; their daily experiences in Dr. Dunn's rehearsals empower them to reach that high standard." A student's parent said, "As a musician myself, I know that not all choirs sound like Dr. Dunn's choirs. What my kids know is that Dr. Dunn loves them and that he loves what he does."

 
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Past Recipients
Lynette Pelischek - 2013
Susan Laushman - 2012
Dwayne Dunn - 2011
Susan Gillespie - 2010
Chris Richmond - 2009
Cathy Crispino - 2008
Marion Latimer - 2007
Bud Meisel - 2006
Connie Hale - 2005
Kathy Lindberg - 2004
Kurtis Koch - 2003
Don Buhler - 2002
Ken Forsythe - 2001
Jack Ballard - 2000
 
 
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