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Master Teacher - Orchestra Award Recipients

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Congratulations to our past award recipients for their work in enhancing the string community within the state! MNASTA awards began in 1986 when Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Community Service awards were first presented. The following year, the Meritorious Orchestra Award was added to recognize on-going excellence in a school or youth orchestra program. In 1990, Outstanding String Educator was added to recognize significant achievements in school teaching. This award was renamed Master String Educator in 1997. In 1990 and 1991, two awards for individual accomplishments were presented, one named Teacher of the Year and one name Master Teacher. Since 1992, this award has been known as Master Teacher. MNSOA awarded Teacher of the Year from 1996-1997.


Beginning in 1998, MNSOTA has presented four annual awards: Master Teacher - Studio, Master Teacher - School Orchestra, Meritorious Orchestra Program, and Community Service Award.

2022

Jim Bartsch - Mounds View Schools, Minnesota Youth Symphonies

2021

Jean (Rudy) Perrault - University of Minnesota-Duluth

2020

Kevin Martin - Robbinsdale Armstrong High School

2019

Lucas Shogren - Mounds View High School

2018

Ruth Lin - Gustavus Adolphus College

2017

Kent Musser - Stillwater Public Schools

2016

Michael Halstenson - Anoka High School

2015

Sandy Collins - Mounds View District Elementary Schools

2014

Dianne Brady - St. Cloud Area School District

2013

Matthew Oyen - St. Paul Central High School

2012

Val Buchmeier - Crookston and Woodbury Public Schools

2011

Julie Vanderstappen - Stillwater Public Schools

2010

Connie Aiken - Chippewa Middle School, Mounds View

2009

John Madura - Mounds View High School

2008

Ed Schaefle - Blaine High School

2007

Jennifer Arco - Owatonna Junior High School

2006

Linda Bell - Robbinsdale School District

2005

Deborah Sittko - Mounds View Schools

2004

Mark Gitch - Owatonna High School

2003

Lorie Hippen - Ramsey International Fine Arts School

2002

Brian Cole - Robert Asp School, Moorhead

2001

Gwen Armwood - Wayzata High School

2000

Elizabeth Deger - Stillwater Junior High School

1999

Steve Borgstrom - Osseo Area Schools, Park Center High School

1998

Diane Wright - Marshall Public Schools

1998

Pat Kelly - Ramsey International Fine Arts School

1997

Karen Olson - Robbinsdale School District

1997

Sandra Haines - Wayzata Public Schools

1996

Gerard Jones - Duluth East High School

1996

James Hainlen - Stillwater Public Schools

1995

Cheryl Paschke - Minneapolis Public Schools

1994

Barbara Lamb - Wayzata Public Schools

1993

Helen K. Loing - Wayzata Public Schools

1992

Kenneth Davenport - Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools

1991

Howard Evenson - Minneapolis School District, Student Symphonies of Greater Minneapolis Founder

1990

Arnold Krueger - Owatonna Public Schools


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