Coweta connections at 56th Grammys
by Celia Shortt
Two Coweta County Music educators were involved in the excitement of the 56th Grammy Awards show, which airs today.
Johnny Holloway, chorus teacher at Evans Middle School, was among the more than 30,000 initial nominees for the Grammy Music Educator inaugural award and was ultimately named a quarterfinalist. As a quarterfinalist, Holloway was one of 217 music teachers from 195 cities and across 45 states.
“It’s overwhelming,” he said. “A lot of good things have come of it. I’m honored and humbled.”
Unfortunately, Holloway was not one of the 25 semi-finalists named.
From the 25, 10 were chosen as finalists and, finally, the overall winner. Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, music instructor at the Coweta School System’s Central Educational Center, also has ties to the Grammys. Schenbeck is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the group responsible for the Grammy Awards.
The Music Educator Award is among NARAS’ programs and honors an instructor who was nominated as an integral influence or part of a Grammy performer’s path to success. NARAS programs aim to provide the opportunity for select students to work together with working professionals in the music industry. Programs include sessions such as Grammy Camp Basic Training and Grammy Camp and Grammy Camp Jazz Session.
Schenbeck is excited about the opportunities NARAS has worked to provide for students.
“This NARAS initiative is very close to my heart,” she said. “I have been waiting many years to NARAS put forth this music education endorsement.”
Schenbeck has taught all levels of education all over the country for 40 years. In Coweta, she teaches music at the Central Education Center and is head of Centre Strings, the only community/student string orchestra in the county.
Schenbeck was named the Coweta County School System’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be in the public school system at this time of my career, ” she said.
Several of her well-known students include Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Matt Still, chief engineer and producer for Elton John.
Sugarland has received multiple Grammy nominations and won two Grammy awards. Still has also been nominated for several Grammys and has won one.