NAfME Member Debbie Cleveland Receives
2018 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award RESTON, VA (March 14, 2018)—The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have honored NAfME member Debbie Cleveland of Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida, with the 2018 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, performance, and lifelong impact on young singers. The award was presented to Ms. Cleveland in January during the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival, held at the Midwinter Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Costa Mesa, California. Ms. Cleveland’s Hurricane of Harmony mixed chorus was also honored with the Audience Favorite Award, and a Superior rating during the Conference. Ms. Cleveland has spent 31 years teaching as a choral director in secondary public schools, with her choirs consistently receiving Superior and Excellent ratings, as well as opportunities to perform at EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional, the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Concert Series in New York City, and the Florida Music Education Association State Convention. Her students are also selected to perform at All-County and All-State each year.
“We congratulate Ms. Cleveland on this outstanding achievement and are proud to call her a NAfME member.”
“In a school district of 15,500 teachers, Ms. Cleveland has scored in the top 6 percent of ‘Highly Effective’ teachers each year of the six-year teacher evaluation program,” said NAfME’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Blakeslee. “Ms. Cleveland mentors and trains singers around the world, from barbershop groups to gospel choirs. She is an active guest faculty member at education workshops in over half of the regions in Sweet Adelines International (SAI), and is also a clinician for youth harmony camps across the country. We congratulate Ms. Cleveland on this outstanding achievement and are proud to call her a NAfME member.”