OkMEA Hall of Fame Award

This honor is for experienced music educators who have distinguished themselves as teachers, officers in OkMEA and/or NAfME, researchers in music education, and those members who have shown active political support of music education in the state and nation through membership and action in OkMEA. Nominees may be living or deceased, active or retired.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. Must have completed twenty-five (25) years of active service (a minimum of 15 years in Oklahoma) as a music teacher and/or music administrator.
  2. Must have made a significant contribution to music education in Oklahoma.
  3. Must have been a member of OMEA/NAfME for a minimum of 15 years.
  4. Must have served OkMEA in a significant region or state capacity.
  5. Must have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of music.

1987
George Oscan Bowen
Louis M. Calavan
Colbert F. Hackler
Leonard H. Haug
Gustaf Fredrik Holmberg
Bohumil Makovsky
James Neilson
Oakley Pittman

1988
Milburn Carey
Chester L. Francis
Hiram H. Henry
Max A. Mitchell
Leonard “Cy” Perkins
Ruby Woolf

1989
E. Paul Enix
A.H. “Pete” Long
Margaret Nichols
Charles Oscar Stover
James D. “Doc” Walker

1990
Zella Page Breaux
George C. Brite
Francis Smith Catron
Hoover Page Fisher
Arthur C. Johnson

1991
Paul L. Boone
Everett Eugene Wilcox

1992
Albert Fitzgerrel
Billy F. Heilman
Milbern Nixon
Esther Evins
Mary Elizabeth Griffin

1993
Marilyn King
Clarence Lawless
Theo M. Nix
Coleman Smith

1994
Frank Hladky
Ruth Nichols
Robert Moore
Ralph Whitworth
Kathlyn Reynolds

1995
Charles Chapman
Paul Fry
Floyd Moyer

1996
Betty Woods

1997
Janis Dawson
Barbara Jackson
James Jurrens
Donna K. Talley
Ben Wojciechowsky

1998
Glen Epperley
Charles “Skip” Klingman
Marjorie Malone
Judith Roberts

1999
Paula Cordell Isch
Robert Lee Kidd III
Kenneth Vernon Peters
Terry D. Segress
Jack Sisson

2000
Jonna Johnson
Pauline Vernon

2001
Albert Buswell
Deal Coale

2002
Charles E. Regier
C.W. Simmons, Jr.
Carolyn Wilkins
Edmund Williams

2003
John Phillip Gerber
Betty Shaw Woodward

2004
John Parnell

2005
Jerry Huffer
James Middleton
Randy Hurst
Jimmy Zinn

2006
John E. Clinton

2007
Kenneth Cox
Mary Snider
Alan Spurgeon

2008
Susan Mueller

2009
TIm Brandt
Dan Larson

2010
Dorothy Hays
Janet Smith
Steve Workman

2011
Julia Haley
James McPherson
Eddie Lou Strimple

2012
Mark Cain
Ralph Duncan
James South

2013
Charla Dedmon
Euell Hanna
Sandra Knudson

2014
Jackie Gilley
Cristi Miller
Tom Stout

2015
Peggy Meyers
Wesley Singleton
Steven Walker

2016
Ernest J. Schultz

2017
Jim Hansford
Joe Wilhelm
Ve Don Law

Honors Nomination Information

To submit a nominee, please complete the form by September 30The Awards and Recognition committee will meet to choose the recipients from the qualifying nominations. The committee will recommend their choices to the OkMEA executive board at their October meeting for final approval. After selection, the laureate must provide, before November 1, a picture and short professional biography to the Editor of Oklahoma Music.

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