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FHU Music Professor Quarterfinalist for National Award

Henderson, Tenn. - Jun 01, 2016

A Freed-Hardeman University music professor is a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award. Dr. Richard England is one of 290 music educators named by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The list has been narrowed from more than 3,300 initial nominations submitted from all 50 states. Semifinalists will be announced in September. The eventual winner will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators, 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,” according to a news release.

England teaches courses in music appreciation, music education, music history and piano at FHU. He has performed in a variety of venues both nationally and internationally as a solo pianist, and has worked with musical theater productions including “Little Shop of Horrors,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and “The Secret Garden.” In addition, he has performed as the keyboardist with the Makin’ Music Showband at FHU and served as an accompanist for student recitals.  He has composed original music for FHU productions of “A Winter’s Tale” and “The Miracle Worker” as well as music for independent films.