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FHSU professor earns Grammy nom

Special to The hays Daily News

For every performer who makes it to the Grammy stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. Joseph Perniciaro, assistant professor of music and theater at Fort Hays State University, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Music Educator Award.

Educators in the United States, who teach music in public or private schools -- kindergarten through college -- are eligible to be nominated for the award. Ten finalists will be selected in May including one winner to be recognized for the impact they have had on students.

The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award and attend the Grammys. The winner also wins $10,000, and finalists will receive $1,000.

The Grammy Music Educator Award is supported by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation and the National Association for Music Education.

Perniciaro also will present a recital this summer at the International Conference of the College Music Society from June 18 to 24 in Buenos Aires. The conference will include scholarly discourse and the presentation of new music by CMS members.

"I will present works from an American composer," Perniciaro said.

Irena Ravitskaya, assistant professor of music and theater at FHSU, will accompany him on piano.