2018 Teacher of the Year

Monty Bishop
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. 

follow commitment to God, family, youth, and music.

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:

  • Be an MSVMA member

  • Have taught a minimum of 15 years, at least 10 of which are on the secondary level in Michigan

  • Have demonstrated consistent excellence in performance

  • Have been influential in creating a love and understanding of music for the masses

  • The Teacher of the Year is announced at the Michigan Music Conference and finalists are asked to attend

2018 Emeritus

Cheryl Gallas
Bernard Hyland 
Richard Ingram 
Pam Pierson 
Carol Rau
Rose Scheller 

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. 

  • Taught vocal music or been actively involved with a choral music program for twenty-five or more years.
  • May have spent part of his/her career as a supervisor, coordinator, chairman or director of a school music program which includes choral music.
  • Demonstrated significant service to MSVMA.
  • Spent part of their careers in Michigan and with credit given for choral teaching or supervising and active vocal music organization membership in other states.

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.

Reaching for the Stars Award

Wendy L. Treacher

Paul Heidemann

Robert Cindric

Teachers of the Year
2018 Monty Bishop

2017 Kelli Falls
2016 Rebecca Scofield
2015 Pamela Pierson 
2014 Steve Hinz and Russ Larimer
2013 Todd Schreiber
2012 Rodney Bushey
2011 James Borst
2010 Robert Cindric
2009 Norma Freeman
2008 Bruce Snyder
2007 Richard Ingram
2006 Cheryl Gapinski
2005 Catherine Brodie and Wendee Wolf-Schlarf
2004 Robert Oster
2003 Mark Webb
2002 Gregory Cleveland
2001 Nina Scott
2000 Leslie Rowsey
1999 Robert A. Martin
1998 Virginia Anderson-Kerwin
1997 Susan Catanese
1996 Frank DeWald and Robert Sabourin
1995 Shirley Lemon
1994 Thomas Stokes
1993 Wendy Lake and Nancy Lange
1992 Nancy Bray
1991 Larry Wolf
1990 Brazeal Dennard
1989 John Tyner
1988 David Jorlett
1987 Howard Rizner
1986 Marvin Ritsema
1985 Donald Scott
1984 Helmut "Fritz" Petrich
1983 Roger Dehn
1982 John Bright
1981 Lowell Everson and James Mahoney
1980 Dorotha Schuler
1979 Jerry Smith
1978 Guy "Skip" Frizzell
1977 James Leonard
1976 Andy Zerban
1975 John Tousley
1974 Robert Ballard
1973 Eugene Dyer
1972 Eleanor Balaam
1971 John Elwell
1970 Gerald Gilbert
1969 Alfred "Giff" Richards
1968 Kenneth Jewell


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Karlene Bach
Marti Beilfuss
Lavonne Bomeli
Carol Brand-Twa
Nancy Bray
Catherine Brodie
Tony Bumbaca
Vallory Bunday
Harry Burgess
Dr. Judith Burns
Rick Bushey
Rod Bushey
Virginia Caro
Bette Jane Dunlap Carrothers
Susan Catanese
Ellen Clement-Bureau
Phillip Clissold
Fred Colgren
Kevin Cushman
Roger Dehn
Sarah Dergazarian
Dr John Dovaras
Barbara Edwards
David Erfourth
Lowell Everson
Patricia Flesher
Norma Freeman
Guy Frizzell
Carole Galli
Cheryl Gapinski
Edward German
Carol Gess
Catherine Gilson
Charles & Dottie Gleason
Rick Gossett
Linda Grahek
Larry Gray
Sharon Green
Helen Hansens
Robert Hay
Bill Henson
Richard Hintz
Susan Hiser
Verna Holley
Connie Hyatt
Bernard Hyland
Dr Gilbert Jackson
Juanita Joiner
David Jorlett
Paula Joyner-Clinard
Thomas Kasdorf
Leo Klein
Patricia LaJoye
Nancy Lange
Russell Larimer
Shirley Lemon
Tim Lentz
Harvey Lucas
Mark Lundgren
Betsy Marsh
Linda Martino
Anne Maters
Patricia McKinney
Denise Minter
Geneene Morrisson
Nancy Moyes
Merle Mustert
Dean Nederveld
Karen Nevins
Lynn Nichols-Garland
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Andrew Nowak
Robert Oster
James Parker
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Margaret Payne
Linda Pratt
Judith Premin
Marcia Pustelnik
Mary Rashid
Jeanne Rasmussen
Douglas Robinson
Ronald Rogers
Ruth Rollefson
Les Rowsey
Robert Sabourin
Fred Sang
Denise Sauter
Karen Schadel
Rose Scheller
Evelyn Schuette
Rebecca Scofield
Donald Scott
Nina Scott
Wilbur (Webb) Scrivnor
Judie Sharpe
Ron Sine
Dr Jerry Smith
Bruce Snyder
Christopher Sprink
Thomas Stokes
Mary Alice Stollak
Wendy Treacher
Mary Trolla
John Tyner
Alice Van Wambeke
Catherine A. Walker
Candice Wallace
Melvin Wasserman
Alan Watterworth
Mark Webb
Colin Weber
Cherry Westerman
Kenneth Westerman
Arvin Wierda
David Wikman
Larry Wolf
Alexander Zerban

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