JMU Alumni Awards

College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 Recipient was Mr. Brian Balmages (class of 1998)

Outstanding Early Career Music Educator Alumni Award
JMU undergraduate or graduate music education alumni who are in years three, four, or five of their
teaching careers and who exemplify JMU’s commitment to musicianship and pedagogy are eligible for
this individual award. The recipient will demonstrate effective, comprehensive, innovative teaching,
service to and emerging leadership in the profession of music education and continuing relationship with
and support of the music education program at JMU

2013 Recipient was Ms. Laura Lazarevich
2014 Recipient was Mr. John MIlls
2015 Recipient was Anna Matijasic Hennessy
2016 Recipient was Ehtan Murphy

Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award
JMU undergraduate or graduate music education alumni who have taught for at least ten years and who
exemplify JMU’s commitment to musicianship and pedagogy are eligible for this individual award. The
recipient will demonstrate excellence in music teaching, including the development of comprehensive,
innovative programs and curricula, service to and sustained leadership in the profession of music
education and continuing relationship with and support of the music education program at JMU

2012 Recipients were Mrs. Joy Anderson and Mr. Keith Taylor
2013 Recipient was Ms. Laura Mulligan Thomas
2014 Recipient was Ms. Wendy Whitford
2015 Recipient was Thomas Tutwiler
2016 Recipient was Dr. Polly Sibert

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