Andy Collinsworth, Professor of Music, has received the 2011 Byron Hoyt/Don Schmeer Band Educator Award honoring excellence in instrumental instruction and performance. California Association for Music Education (CMEA) President Norm Dea says that Collinsworth was nominated by his peers in music education and selected by the CMEA state board. "It's clear he is a musician and teacher of the highest caliber," Dea said.
Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and head of music education at SSU since 2008, Collinsworth is active as a guest conductor, clinician and festival adjudicator throughout California and the Western states. Next year, he will guest conduct the high school honor bands from Contra Costa and Solano counties and the California All-State Junior High Concert Band in Fresno.
Collinsworth says his goal is to make SSU a leading center for music education in Northern California.