Monday, June 2, 2014

James Story Honored by GRAMMY Foundation

Congratulations to James Story, Performing and Visual Arts chair at Vol State. He's one of 222 quarterfinalists in the nation for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. Story was selected from more than 7,000 initial nominations. According to the GRAMMY Foundation, “the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators 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.”

“Just being in the quarterfinals is overwhelming. It really humbles me,” said James. “It reminds me of the awesome responsibility I have as a teacher. To be recognized on this level is great for our program.”

James has taught music at Vol State for 17 years. He began his teaching career as band and choir director at White House High School in 1977, and continued teaching at Gallatin High School from 1981 to 1997. He is also Music Director at Gallatin First United Methodist Church.

The semifinalists will be announced in September. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium.

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