2018 Teacher of the Year
MSVMA is pleased to congratulate Monty Bishop as its Teacher of the Year. His accomplishments were recognized at its Annual Meeting held at the Michigan Music Conference. Requirements for this recognition include MSVMA membership, teaching a minimum of 15 years – 10 of which must be on the secondary level in Michigan, demonstrating consistent excellence in performance and being influential in creating a love and understanding of music for the masses.
Under Mr. Bishop’s direction, the Holt vocal music program has grown from one high school and two junior high choirs to four high school and three junior high choirs. Holt choirs have toured Europe, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Florida, Washington D.C., New York and Chicago. Holt ensembles consistently have received the highest evaluations at District and State solo and ensemble and choral festivals. Holt students participate in MSVMA Regional, State and All-State Honors Choirs and have participated at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in the MSVMA Vocal and Ensemble Recital. Holt Choirs have performed at MSVMA Choral Hour at the Michigan Music Conference.
Monty has served as the Region B Honors Choir Supervisor and the State SATB Honors Choir Supervisor. For the past decade, he has been the host and supervisor for the State Choral Festival South. Mr. Bishop has hosted numerous Adjudication Clinics and adjudicates for district and state solo and ensemble festivals and district choral festivals. He has hosted the District 8 High School and JH/MS Choral Festivals for the past 14 years. Monty shares his knowledge of and passion for music serving as a clinician.
Monty enjoys touring with the Southern gospel group, The Thurstons, and will be recording his thirteenth album this year. He tutors twenty students in his private voice studio. Monty creates and facilitates online coursework including a humanities course which is part of Holt High School’s curriculum. He has directed twenty plays and musicals and received Riverwalk Theater’s Barnie Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his role in Songs for a New World.
Mr. Bishop’s pride and joy are his children. His son, Justin, is an attorney in Detroit and his daughter and son-in-law, Morgan and Anthony, perform opera in Chicago and are parents to his granddaughter, Josephine Elizabeth.
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Monty Bishop 2018 Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year
The MSVMA membership annually honors one of its own with recognition as Teacher of the Year. Nominations are made at spring District meetings, forwarded to the past president for placement on a preliminary ballot for consideration. Following preliminary voting, a final ballot is sent to the membership for voting.
Teacher of the Year nominees must:
MSVMA Emeritus Status
The Emeritus Membership Program honors retired MSVMA members whose lives have been devoted to the enhancement of choral music in secondary schools. Nominations are made at spring District meetings and submitted to the MSVMA past president by June 1 for Executive Board review. A one-time nomination fee of $100 per candidate is paid by the District.
Lifetime membership in MSVMA is granted to recipients of Member Emeritus status. Members Emeritus may not serve as officers.
Candidates for emeritus status have:
Exceptions regarding teaching and/or length of tenure may be considered by the Executive Board.
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