Tammy Yi, assistant professor at Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, was named a 2023 Grammy Music Educator Award quarterfinalist. The award recognizes educators who have made significant contributions and demonstrated commitment to music education.
A Grammy Music Educator Award finalist last year, Yi says she’s honored to be in the running again.
“Being recognized is a huge honor, and I feel proud that this recognition brings awareness to the incredible work our music faculty does together,” said Yi. “We have an award-winning faculty, talented students and a community that really believes in actionable social change.”
Yi’s achievements include the launch of Mariachi Panteras, Orange County’s first collegiate mariachi ensemble. She also founded an award-winning children’s string orchestra, which has performed at Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts, Walt Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
The 2023 Grammy Music Educator award-winner will receive a $10,000 honorarium, and will be invited to attend the 65th GRAMMY Awards and other GRAMMY Week events. Ten finalists will receive $1,000 and matching grants for their schools’ music education programs. Fifteen semifinalists will receive $500 with matching school grants.
“It’s my ongoing desire to create the first music scholarship program for future music educators,” said Yi. “Teachers are confronted with financial costs, and the rewards for teaching are never about money. By removing the financial barrier, we lessen the burden for teachers who do incredible work serving future generations of diverse artists.”