Murray State music director named teacher of the year

An educator at Murray State University has been named 2016 College and University Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Murray State announced Wednesday.

Murray State says Dr. Todd Edwin Hill, director of jazz studies and associate professor of music, has been nominated for the award by the KMEA First District music educators four of the past nine years. Hill will be presented with the award at a conference in Louisville this month. 

MSU says this is Hill’s 10th year at the university, and he directs the MSU Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, the Blue, Gold, and White Jazz Combos. He has taught a variety of courses in arranging, musicianship, music education, and jazz history.

Under his leadership, MSU says, the MSU Jazz Orchestra has played at multiple state conferences, toured regionally, won Outstanding Big Band Performance at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, and performed at the prestigious Mid-West International Band Clinic.

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