Inspiring students one note at a time

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Outstanding Music Educator Award

Walking into Ms. Chessa Fernandez-Crum’s classroom isn’t your typical experience. Upon entering, you’re greeted with a grand piano and eager students who are ready to sing!

This Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS) choir director has created a creative space that allows students to not only embrace their passion for music, but to have fun as they collaborate, harmonize and bring music to life. Inspiring her students one note at a time, it’s no surprise that this dynamic instructor is slated to receive the 2024 Butler County Symphony Association’s Outstanding Music Educator Award.

The Butler County Symphony Association’s Outstanding Music Educator Award brings attention to the excellent and impactful work of a music teacher in Butler County. Ms. Fernandez-Crum will be recognized by the symphony at an upcoming concert, The Music of John Williams, on April 13, at the Butler Intermediate High School auditorium.

“This award is an honor,” said Ms. Fernandez-Crum. “I get to come to work to make music with my students and watch them do what they love; I have the best job in the world! I get to witness the growth of our talented singers, not only as musicians but as individuals who have found their voice through the power of song. I am inspired to continue fostering a love for music, nurturing the talents of our students, and creating a space where the magic of music can thrive.”

A proud Seneca Valley alum, Ms. Fernandez-Crum has been teaching music for a total of 12 years, including five years at Seneca. In addition to being the RGMS Choir Director, she is also the vocal director for both the RGMS Musical and the junior cast of the SV All-School Musical. Her goal is to not only teach students to love music but also be good human beings and make the world a better place.

Ms. Fernandez-Crum is also a vocalist, flautist and pianist and has worked with local groups such as the Pittsburgh Creator’s Project and Circle of Friends Chorus where she was an assistant director for five years.

The Butler County Symphony Association recognizes an Outstanding Music Educator each year as part of their Symphony Honorees event. The award is open to current and former educators in Butler County who teach/taught in public, private or parochial schools, kindergarten through college. Music teachers are nominated by community members and the winner is selected by a committee.