Robyn Starks Holcomb

The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, will host its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards on April 30, 2019, and Robyn Starks Holcomb, a music teacher at Roosevelt High School, is among the honorees.

The invite-only event will honor 30 music educators from across the country for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classroom and throughout their school community.

The CMA Foundation created the Music Teachers of Excellence program in 2016 in an effort to recognize the best and brightest music teachers from Nashville and beyond. Award recipients are selected because of their dedication to bringing a quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music.

In addition to a night of celebration, Robyn will receive $2,500 to invest in her music classroom to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 as a personal stipend.

This is the 2nd honor in just a couple of weeks for the Roosevelt High School choir program. The Roosevelt show choir Executive Suite (one of three show choirs the high school has due to the incredible popularity of the music program there) recently traveled to Kansas City for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. This group meets regionally more regularly, but the national convention is only held every two years.

Roosevelt was invited to perform three years ago at the regional convention. Since that time, RHS's Executive Suite, under the direction of Starks Holcomb, has been in a 3-year audition process to be able to perform at the national convention held on Thursday, February 28. They have submitted recordings each year for the past three years which are vetted at the regional level and then again at the national level by judges.

There were about 300 choirs that applied to perform at the national convention last week, and there were only 27 choirs that actually did, including two from outside the United States.

But there was only ONE show choir that was invited to perform at this event, and that was Roosevelt High School’s Executive Suite under the direction of Robyn Starks Holcomb.

Congratulations to Starks Holcomb and the entire Roosevelt music program for these incredible honors!

Check out the photos from the recent trip to Kansas City here.

To learn more about Robyn's influence at Roosevelt High School, specifically the explosion in popularity of the vocal music programs there, check out this episode of Staff Stars from last school year.