In 1994-95 MSVMA began an emeritus membership program to honor retired men and women whose lives have been devoted to the improvement of choral music programs in the secondary schools of their communities and who have been active members of MSVMA.
Candidates are recommended by their respective district to the state executive board of MSVMA. A candidate must have taught vocal music or have been actively involved with the choral music program for twenty-five or more years prior to retirement. In addition to teaching music, a candidate may have spent part of his/her twenty-five years as a supervisor, coordinator, chairman or director of a school music program of which choral music is a part. A candidate must have demonstrated significant service to MSVMA during his/her career. Exceptions to the undefinedyears of experience‖ requirement will be considered by the executive board on an individual basis.
Candidates who have spent only part of their careers in the state of Michigan must meet all requirements with credit given for choral teaching or supervising in other states, as well as credit given for being active members of vocal music organizations in other states.
Lifetime membership in MSVMA, with dues paid by MSVMA, will be granted to all candidates receiving the award of "Member Emeritus." Members Emeritus are not entitled to hold office.
A one time emeritus nomination fee of $100 per candidate is paid by the district. This fee covers the cost of an award and dinner or luncheon during the Michigan Music Conference.