About the award
Pictured above: Mary V. Dodge teaching her first orchestra, the Harney County Sagebrush Symphony Orchestra
from 1912-1917. Later she moved to Portland to conduct the Irvington School Orchestra.
PYP invites students to nominate their school music teachers and their outstanding programs for the public recognition they deserve.
Does your school music teacher inspire students? Do they build community? Do they encourage and instill excellence and dedication? Then nominate your school music teacher for the Mary V. Dodge Award for Outstanding School Music Program.
This award is named after PYP’s founder, a music teacher from Portland’s Irvington School, who created the forerunner of today’s PYP with the most advanced students in her orchestra class. Just as it did then, it all starts in the schools.
Announcing the 2012 Selection for the Mary V. Dodge Award
for Outstanding School Music Program: Cynthia Plank
Cynthia Plank, PYP's Selection for the Mary V. Dodge 2012 Outstanding School Music Teacher, and Michail Thompson,the student who nominated her.
Nominated by: Michail Thompson
School: Beaumont Middle School
Music Teacher: Cynthia Plank
"When I was just in the third grade, my band teacher took me under her wing and let me play with the big kids. This was the beginning of the path that led me to PYP as only a 5th grader. She has given me the confidence, encouragement, and guidance to pursue my dreams." - Michail Thompson
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