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2018 Award Recipients Announced

The Midwest Clinic is pleased to announce the 2018 Award Winners. To view our complete history of award recipients, please click here.

Medal of Honor Award 
The Medal of Honor was introduced in 1962 as a way to honor conductors, educators, composers, and others whose unique service to music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras deserve special recognition.

Mary Jo Papich
Jazz Education Network

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
Ballroom W196

Known for her avid support and leadership in arts education, Mary Jo Papich is co-founder and first president of the Jazz Education Network (June 1, 2008) which has membership in all U.S. states and 22 countries. Through her efforts in JEN Outreach over 50,000 people have experienced America’s art form. She is the founder/artistic director for Jazz Festivals for students in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Having served public school education for 35+ years, MJ retired in 2009 as Fine & Applied Arts Chair at Highland Park High School (IL) and was coordinator of the unique FOCUS ON THE ARTS festival featuring many pros and alumni in the arts with hundreds of student and parent volunteers.  She was asked to serve as Fine Director for Niles D219 ((2009-2012) recognized as one of the finest HS Fine Arts program in the nation.

While the district Fine Arts Coordinator of 35 schools in the Peoria Public School System #150  (’92-’01), Papich founded and directed the Peoria Jazz All Stars whose performances included Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals, IMEA Conference, American School Board Association Conference and many other state and local events.  In her retirement Papich is once again directing the AllStars in Peoria Public Schools, having been in existence 25 years spawning the careers of many young musicians. Many of her students are professional performers and educators today with several earning Grammy nominations and an Academy Award. Prior to her administrative positions, Mary Jo was an award winning band director at Peoria’s Woodruff High School (‘82-’92) with competitive marching and jazz programs, participating in many nationally televised events including Chicago’s annual Thanksgiving Parade, Citrus Bowl, Peach Bowl and as the featured HS band in Macy’s Summer July 4th Extravaganza in NYC.  Before leaving Peoria in 2001, she envisioned and founded a district Preparatory School for the Arts at Peoria High School. Her early years of teaching were in rural Iowa at K-12 Moulton-Udell and Ottumwa public schools.

Mary Jo’s leadership/honor positions in addition to JEN include: chairman of the Peoria Municipal Band Commission, founder of the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival via HP Sister Cities Foundation, serving on the Artistic Access to Excellence Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a member of the Quincy Jones Consortium, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Advisory Board, International Association of Jazz Education Board of Directors/President Elect, past Illinois Music Educators Association Vice-President/Board of Directors, Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission and Sister Cities, Highland Park Public Art Committee, and many other arts organizations. She currently serves on the ArtsPartners board of Central Illinois, assists in producing the Riverfront Jazz Festival for Central Illinois Jazz Society and the Peoria Players Theatre 100th Anniversary Committee. MJ has served since inception on the selection committee for the NARAS Foundation Grammy Music Educator of the Year award.

Recent honors for Papich include receiving the prestigious Medal of Honor from the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Lifetime Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat magazine, the Outstanding Jazz Educator of the Year award from the Chicago Jazz Institute 2018, the Arts Inspiration Award from The Art Center, Superintendent’s Recognition Award, Character Counts Award, Huespid Distinguido from the Mayor in Puerto Vallarta and the Woman in Jazz Award from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.  Prior awards include: Peoria Public School Superintendent's Award, and YWCA Leader in the Arts Award. HPHS Patrons of the Arts annually award a Highland Park High School student the MJ Papich Leadership Scholarship. JEN has honored her with giving the Mary Jo Papich Women In Jazz Scholarship to deserving female students at their annual conference. In 2015, Tau Beta Sigma music sorority presented her with the Outstanding Service to Music Education award and gave her an honorary induction.

Her many presentations include: countless school institutes, National Association for Music Education National Conference, many State MEA conferences, Midwest Clinic, IAJE Conferences, Siena Jazz Foundation (Italy), South African Jazz Conference (2008/2010) at the University of Cape Town and Brubeck Institute (2011). 2018 events included speaking at the Ella Fitzgerald Medallion dedication for the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and Women In Jazz presentation at Annecy Jazz Festival in France.

Papich is the editor of The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook-Creative Recipes for Players and Teachers, a collection of performance tips from outstanding educators put in recipe format for quick reading.  The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook (2013) is published by Meredith Music and distributed by Hal Leonard Music, proceeds  to Jazz Education Network.  She is currently working on Rehearsing the Jazz Band to be released by Meredith in 2019 to assist novice through advanced directors in rehearsal techniques.

Mary Jo was youngest of seven children, whose father died when she was one year old. Her hardworking mother and loving brothers and sisters raised her. She was greatly influenced by her brother, Leonard, who was a jazz trumpet player and her sisters who sang. She was raised in south central Iowa; graduated from Albia (IA) High School where she was a student of Leonard Bonker and was inducted into the AHS Wall of Fame in 2011 for her many accomplishments. MJ has many adoring nieces and nephews and stays in close touch with many former students.  Having been the first person in the family to graduate from college, she received a BME from Truman (NE Missouri) State University and a Masters in Counseling and Administration from Bradley University (IL). Papich’s professional affiliations include IMEA, NAfME/MENC, ASCD, Arts Alliance Illinois, International Women in Jazz, National Association of Professional Women and International Society for Music Education. MJ has supported women in jazz through starting a JEN scholarship initiative in 2010 and chairing many efforts to encourage young women instrumentalists through mentoring and activities such as Sisters in Jazz.  As a former student stated, “Mary Jo Papich continues to inspire those around her to pursue the arts and arts education with passion, making a positive difference today and in the generations beyond.”

Craig Kirchhoff
Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands
University of Minnesota

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 8:00 pm
Skyline Ballroom W375AB

Craig Kirchhoff is Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducted in the University Opera Program.  Professor Kirchhoff coordinated the graduate program in Wind Ensemble/Band Conducting and guided all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program since 1993. He has won critical acclaim from composers Dominick Argento, Warren Benson, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, Susan Botti. Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Carter Pann, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, James Stephenson, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Frank Ticheli, Dana Wilson, Chen Yi, and others.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Professor Kirchhoff served in a similar capacity as Director of Bands at The Ohio State University for fourteen years, as Director of Bands at Washington State University for two years, and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one year.  Mr. Kirchhoff was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and The Ohio State University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.  Professor Kirchhoff serves as an advisor to the BandQuest Series published by the American Composers Forum, he joined James Galway, Eddie Daniels, Donald Hunsberger, Wynton Marsalis, and Dawn Upshaw on the Advisory Board for SmartMusic produced by the MakeMusic Corporation, and he serves as the Artistic Advisor for the Windependence Wind Band Series published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Professor Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Music Educators National Conference, and served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.

Professor Kirchhoff has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia.  He enjoyed a long association with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra during Frederick Fennell’s tenure as Music Director and he has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label.  Professor Kirchhoff serves as a Yamaha Master Educator.

Robert Floyd
Executive Director
Texas Music Educators Association

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:00 pm
Skyline Ballroom W375AB

Robert Floyd began his 25-year career in music education in Richardson, Texas after completing his music education degree at Southern Methodist University in 1967.  He also holds a B.S. in mathematics from SMU and a MA from West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M University.

After five years of junior high teaching Floyd was named the Director of Bands at L.V. Berkner High School, also in the Richardson ISD. He took over a band of 60 young musicians and won Honor Band that first year in what was then Class AAA. The Berkner Band performed its Honor Band concert at TMEA in Houston in 1973. It was the first of three honor band titles for the Berkner program, the others being in Class AAAAA in 1986 and again in 1990.
Floyd received the Ross Perot Award for Teaching Excellence in the Richardson ISD. He also served as the high school representative on the National Band Association Board on two different occasions and in 1986 was one of eight band directors in the United States elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association.  In 1992 Floyd was one of ten band directors in the United States named to the Bandworld Legion of Honor by the Sousa Foundation. His band performed for the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 1990. In addition, in 2004 he was named the Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association, inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 2011, and received the National Federation of High Schools Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015.

Throughout his career Floyd served TMEA in many capacities at both region and state levels, culminating in his state-wide election as Vice-President and Band Chairman in 1977-78 and as President in 1981-82. During his tenure as President the TMEA Executive Board (with the blessing of the State Board and Presidents Council) took on the formidable task of hosting the Music Educators National Conference biennial national meeting in San Antonio during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. The convention was a huge success and did much to heal the ill feelings between MENC leadership and TMEA.

During the late eighties and early nineties Floyd served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Winds and during the years immediately following the passing of founder Howard Dunn, he served as resident conductor and was influential in keeping that organization going during those unstable times. In 2016 he was named a Texas Legendary Band Director and presented the award at a Dallas Winds concert by Jerry Junkin, Dallas Winds conductor.

In September of 1992 Floyd was selected by the Executive Board to succeed the retiring Bill Cormack as the Executive Director of the Texas Music Educators Association. That following summer he left Richardson for Austin to assume that position, one he has held for the past twenty-four years.

In Floyd's current position as Executive Director of TMEA he is responsible for management of the association, production of the annual clinic/convention which has over 29,000 people in attendance, editing the monthly journal, "The Southwestern Musician", and lobbying the Legislature and State Board of Education to promote and preserve fine arts in the public schools of Texas. Through the years, beginning in 1981, Floyd has presented much of the testimony and lobbying efforts with the State Board and Legislature on such issues as fine arts requirements throughout K-12, fine arts instructional materials, extracurricular activity rules, inclusion of fine arts in the Required Curriculum, protection of instructional time for fine arts classes during the school day, and allowance of a physical education credit for marching band participation.

During his twenty-five years at TMEA the association has grown by almost 8,000 members, the staff has expanded from four to nine, member and student services have been greatly increased, and TMEA has built and paid for three headquarters buildings.

Floyd currently resides in Austin with his wife, Melinda, and two children Michael and Lauren.


Stanley F. Nosal
Director of Orchestral Activities & Music Department Chairperson
Tremper High School - retired 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 5:45 pm
Ballroom W190

Stanley F. Nosal is retired chairperson of the music department and director of orchestral activities at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is internationally known for his work as a string teacher, conductor, music educator and clinician.

During his 32 years at Tremper High School, Mr. Nosal built a comprehensive music program, encompassing band, orchestra and choir, all of which gained national recognition for excellence. A true visionary in the world of string education, he brought the strolling strings concept to life. His strolling groups have performed for MENC, NATO, the Midwest Clinic, the American Embassy in Rome, at the White House, in Hong Kong, and numerous other conferences and conventions in the US and abroad. He was instrumental in developing the very first Wisconsin State Honors Project. Under his leadership, many of the programs of the Wisconsin School Music Association were established and prospered. The Wisconsin state string solo & ensemble format and repertoire lists he developed are still in use today.

Stan is a former member of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and past Associate Conductor and Concertmaster of the Kenosha Symphony. He has many conducting credits both here and abroad. He served as Chairman of Orchestral Activities for the Wisconsin School Music Association, Editor of the Orchestra Division of the Wisconsin School Musician, President of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra Association, Advisor to the Wisconsin State Music Selection Committee and the University of Illinois String and Contemporary Music Research Project. Stan was the Wisconsin representative at “Project Super” with Shinichi Suzuki at the Eastman School of Music, and participated in the Talent Education Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. This led to a “Suzuki Inspired” concept for full orchestra, which he developed and demonstrated nationally.

Stan’s orchestras have performed at a significant number of state, regional and national meetings in the United States and Canada, receiving many honors. His Tremper orchestra program was a model for many, acclaimed as “exemplary” in research publications. Stan’s guest conducting, workshops and clinics featured innovative and progressive practices in the disciplines of string teaching, orchestral development, and methodology. His influence, revitalized procedures and thinking is evident in recent developments in the field of string-orchestra pedagogy. His outstanding talent, dedication, service to students, and vision of excellence is truly noteworthy. Developing a lifelong appreciation, understanding and love for all types of music, his students created a sense of “family.” They made music, made audiences feel the heart of the music, and worked together in friendship with a degree of understanding rarely achieved. His love of kids and music continue to keep Stan Nosal active as a teacher, clinician, and mentor.


International Award
Introduced in 1992, the International Award honors individuals who contribute to instrumental music education from around the globe, reflecting the growth of The Midwest Clinic from an event of national stature to one of international notoriety.

Philip Sparke
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:30 pm
Skyline Ballroom W375AB

Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM.
It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles.
At that time, his first published works appeared - Concert Prelude (brass band) and Gaudium (wind band). A growing interest in his music led to several commissions, his first major one being for the Centennial Brass Band Championships in New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud.
Further commissions followed from individual bands, various band associations and the BBC, for whom he three times won the EBU New Music for Band Competition (with Slipstream, Skyrider and Orient Express). He has written for brass band championships in New Zealand, Switzerland, Holland, Australia and the UK, including three times for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.
A close association with banding in Japan led to a commission (Celebration) from and eventual recording of his music with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. This opened the door worldwide to his wind band music and led to several commissions, particularly from the United States. In 1996 the US Air Force Band commissioned and recorded Dance Movements, which won the prestigious Sudler Prize in 1997. In September 2000 he was awarded the Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass bands. In 2005 Music of the Spheres won the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. He won the same contest again in 2016 with A Colour Symphony. In 2011 he received the BUMA International Brass Award and the Special Award for his contribution to brass music.
His conducting and adjudicating activities have taken him to most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. In May 2000, he took the major step of becoming a full-time composer by founding his own publishing company, Anglo Music Press. The company is devoted to publishing his brass band, concert band, fanfare band and instrumental publications as well as recordings dedicated to his latest works.

Music Industry Award 
The Music Industry Award was introduced in 1991 to honor individuals for their support of music education through their work in the music industry. 

Steve West
West Music Company, Inc.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 8:15 am
Skyline Ballroom W375AB

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a degree in Marketing, Steve joined his father, Pearl West at West Music Company which Pearl founded in 1941. Steve became Sales Manager in 1971 and President in 1983. Under Steve’s leadership West Music has grown from one to seven retail music stores and education centers in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In addition, West Music has expanded their support of elementary and junior high general music via a resource guide that is distributed to schools throughout the U.S. West Music has several e-commerce and information product websites specializing in elementary music, music therapy, professional flutes and professional percussion that have responded to an increasing national and international business model. In 2008, Steve stepped down as President of West Music and now serves as Chairman. He currently spends his time at the office focusing on the company’s international and distribution business.

Steve is Past Chairman of NAMM, the International Music Products Association from 2001 to 2003. He served on the NAMM Board for 19 years and served as President of the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) from 1983 to 1984. Steve was Co-Founder and Chairman of the International Foundation of Music Research, was Co-Founder, President and Treasurer of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, and was Co-Founder and member of the Music Achievement Council from 1984 to 2015. Currently Steve serves as President of the Iowa City Community band, has been a member of the Orchestra Iowa Board of Directors since 2009 and is a longtime member of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) and Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA).

Steve is also active in his local community, currently serving as commissioner of the Eastern Iowa Airport Commission (CID) in which he was elected to serve in 2017. He is an active member of the Iowa City Rotary Club and Sunrise Optimist Club. Steve’s prior involvement includes the fundraising chairman for Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, the board of the MidWestOne Financial Group from 2008 to 2018, and past Chairman of the Iowa City Area Development Group. He also was Co-Chair of the Arts & Mind Campaign for the University of Iowa Foundation that helped fund the new School of Music and Hancher Auditorium.

Steve was presented the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award for Iowa in 1998. Steve received the Presidential Award from the American Music Therapy Association in 2003 for his support of the organization. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Award from Kappa Kappa Psi. Steve received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association, which honors graduates who have provided commendable service to their nation, their communities and their University of Iowa family in 2008. In 2009, Steve was presented with the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in 2010 he received the Old Capital Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award. In 2016 Steve was honored with the Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award presented by Musical Merchandise Review Magazine.

Steve has been happily married to his wife Victoria for 50 years. They have three grown children: son Andy, and wife Megan, in Boston; daughter Megan in New York; and son Ryan and wife Amanda in Iowa City. He also has four fantastic grandchildren.