Each year, PADESTA awards members and businesses that are outstanding in our profession for their exceptional work. Award winners are honored at our annual PADESTA Membership Luncheon, hosted at the PMEA In-Service Conference each spring.
PLEASE NOTE! NOMINEE MUST BE A MEMBER OF ASTA (except candidates for the Distinguished Service Awards)
Please submit nominations using the form below. Nominations for 2023 are due March 10, 2023.
Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners
Outstanding String Teacher
Distinguished Service (Individual)
Robert Kain (Country String Shop)
Distinguished Service (Business)
Brighton Music Center (Richard Scheimer and Bradley Wittmer)
2014—Dr. Johannes Dietrich
2013—Michael E. Martin
2021—Paul and Donna Fox
2020—Virginia Herrmann and Brenda Johnson
2013—Dr. Jeffrey Jacobsen
2022—Robert Kain (Country String Shop) & Mark Garber
2017—Mary Lynne Peters
2016—David Leithmann/ Dalinda Bohr
2022—Brighton Music Center (Richard Scheimer and Bradley Wittmer)
2021—The Philadelphia Orchestra
2020—Gerry Branca and Johnstonbaugh’s Music
2018—Sandra Neill & Menchey Music
2015—The School of Delaware
2014—J.R. Judd Violin Shop
2013—Elizabethtown College Music Camp
2012—Country String Shop
2010—Harrisburg Symphony Education Committee
2009—Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
2007—Jane Lenel (Philadelphia Music Makers Magazine)
2006—Tom Kelly (Zeswitz Music)
2004—Shank’s Stringed Instruments
2002—J. R. Judd Violin Shop
2001—Country String Shop
Outstanding Public School Teacher
Outstanding Private Teacher
1997—Duane Botterbusch 1996—Irene Palaslewsky 1995—N/A
Special Service Award (added in 1995)
1997—William Moenig and Son
Outstanding Collegiate Teacher (added in 1997)
This award is designed to recognize string teachers with six or more years of teaching experience who have advanced the cause and level of string playing and teaching in the state of Pennsylvania and/or Delaware. Public and private school, as well as studio and college teachers are eligible for this award. Candidates are expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in at least some of the following areas: Teaching, performance, program building, clinics, workshops, master classes, coaching, etc. Nominees for this award must be members of PADESTA.
This award is designed to recognize string/orchestra teachers with one to five years of full-time teaching experience who have exhibited the highest levels of leadership, dedication, and achievement in public or private schools in the state of Pennsylvania and/or Delaware. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated excellence in at least one of the following areas: Teaching, program building, coaching, advocacy, etc. Nominees for this award must be members of PADESTA.
Nominees must be currently teaching in a public or private school, or be directing a youth orchestra. The candidate must have demonstrated outstanding achievement as an orchestra teacher and conductor, resulting in major advancement of that candidate’s program with documentation of unusual success. Nominees for this award must be members of PADESTA.
Nominations will be considered for individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of string and/or orchestra education and performance in Pennsylvania and/or Delaware. Past recipients have included school administrators or supervisors who have supported string and/or orchestra programs to an extraordinary degree, as well as instrument repair persons, composers, conductors and others who have made a significant difference to string and/or orchestra programs.
This award is designed to recognize businesses and organizations that have provided extraordinary support and services to and for string and/or orchestra programs in Pennsylvania and/or Delaware.