Harris Named Grammy Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist

Harris Named Grammy Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist

High School music teacher Dr. Rich Harris Jr., who serves as the school’s choral, theater and music theory director, was recently selected as a quarterfinalist for the prestigious Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

The annual Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators, from kindergarten through college, 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.

After intensive review of more than 2,300 nationwide initial applications, Dr. Harris was notified that he was selected as one of the remaining 197 music teachers named as quarterfinalists, hailing from 187 cities across 45 states plus Washington, DC. Harris was also named as a 2019 Legacy Applicant, giving him the right to bypass the 2019 online application, proceeding directly to the video submission phase of the process. He will be then be adjudicated alongside traditional quarterfinalists, and again be eligible to win the Grammy Educator Award.

“I’m honored, humbled and thankful for the journey on which music continues to take me,” said Harris.