Update, Dec. 14: Music professor Tammy Yi is among the 2022 Music Educator Award finalists announced on Dec. 14 by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. Yi plans to donate her $1,000 award to support scholarships for students of color planning music education careers. The winner will be announced in January during Grammy Week.
A Chapman University music professor has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 Grammy Music Educator Award.
Tammy Yi, Ed.D., a violinist, strings specialist and orchestra conductor who teaches music education in Chapman’s College of Performing Arts, is one of just a handful music educators selected.
“I am extremely proud of Tammy for this distinguished honor. To be one of 25 semifinalists out of more than 1,100 nominations is a testament to the quality of her work and a measure of her growing reputation among her peers. Together with the fact that the 2017 winner of the Grammy Music Educator Award was one of our alums, Keith Hancock, this shows the caliber of the Hall-Musco Conservatory and brings renown to Chapman University,” said Giulio Ongaro, dean of the College of Performing Arts.
The award recognizes educators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education. Among Yi’s recent efforts at Chapman was the launch of Mariachi Panteras, the first collegiate mariachi ensemble in Orange County.
Yi said the honor also reflects on what students do for her as a music educator.
“I feel very humbled and honored to receive this nomination,” she says. “To be recognized for the labor of love we do for our students and to the communities we love and serve, is truly an honor. I give a lot of credit to my students, who always challenge me to listen and to grow as a human being and music educator.”
The finalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum, will be announced in December, and the recipient will be recognized during Grammy Week 2022.