Kim Murphy named co-recipient of 2019 Maine Music Educator of the Year award

May 17, 2019
Courtesy of: Marti Stone Photography Kimberly Murphy, Camden Hills Regional High School Chorus Director was awarded co-recipient of the 2019 “Maine Music Educator of the Year” May 16.

ORONO — Camden Hills Regional High School Chorus Director Kimberly Murphy was awarded co-recipient of the 2019 “Maine Music Educator of the Year” May 16 by the Maine Music Educator’s Association.

She was also awarded the 2019 “Cox-Russell Maine Distinguished Choir Director” by the American Choral Directors Association.

Murphy is completing her 31st year of teaching, 22 of which have been in the Camden school system. Her choral ensembles have consistently received Superior and Gold ratings at both the state and national level. Other awards include the District III Music Educator of the year in 2007 as well as a nomination for the 2006 Maine Teacher of the Year (now called Knox County Teacher of the Year).

She has served as the Choral Vice-President for the Maine Music Educators Association, past president of the Maine Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a variety of positions within the District III Music Educators Association. She holds degrees from Duquesne University and received her National Board certification in 2009.

Recipients of the “Maine Music Educator of the Year” must demonstrate effectiveness in teaching young people through music, and the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, school and community. They must develop and maintain an effective and balanced program in music education and demonstrate interest in, and application of educational innovation. In addition, the educator must recognize the necessity for continued professional growth and demonstrate a concern for music education by active involvement in MMEA-NafME. The “Cox-Russell” award is given to a choral educator who exhibits outstanding participation, exemplary performance, continued promotion and dedicated support of choral music in Maine.

Letters written in support of her nomination included statements of her “willingness to go above and beyond and give of herself for the betterment of the profession, her innate ability to find the inner talent in her students; her commitment to her craft and her students as well as her ability to bring out the best in her students regardless of their abilities through positive energy, encouragement, enthusiasm and passion for music education”.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Lynne McAvoy | May 19, 2019 06:33

Congratulations Kim!  This is very well deserved, and I thank you for your many years of bringing music into the lives of our children.

Posted by: Marti Stone | May 17, 2019 15:05

Oh I guess they did give out 2 awards this year.  Anyway, congratulations Kim!

Posted by: Marti Stone | May 17, 2019 15:02

I believe that the title is a bit misleading.  Kim Murphy won 2 different awards; she's not a co-recipient.


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