Texas college faculty can recognize their elite music education graduates through this TMEA program. Award recipients should represent the finest and most dedicated future music educators across the state. Designation as a Collegiate Music Educator Award recipient should be an indication of potential quality for those looking to hire outstanding new teachers. Applications will be reviewed for completeness by the TMEA staff.


Award recipients must meet all of the required criteria to receive recognition:

  • Current TMEA member.
  • Graduating in the semester nominated (summer graduates are nominated the spring before their graduation).
  • Undergraduate music education major/concentration (pursuing certification in EC–12 music).
  • 3.5 or better overall grade point average (GPA) at the close of the previous semester.
  • Student has provided non-mandatory music instruction or has been significantly involved in the local music education community.

One active TMEA member who is a member of the institution’s music education faculty may nominate that institution’s students online. By nominating a student, the faculty member confirms the student meets the above qualifications. A student may be nominated only once, during their graduation semester.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall graduation: November 1 (Opens in September)
  • Spring/Summer graduation: March 15 (Opens in January)


Award recipients receive the following. All recognition materials will be sent in a single mailing to the designated TMEA member at the institution who will distribute them to each student.

  • a congratulatory letter
  • printed certificate (the student's name on their TMEA member record will be printed)
  • regalia cords, and
  • inclusion in a listing on the TMEA website.


If you have any questions about this new program, email the TMEA College Vice-President, at collegevp@tmea.org.

Award Recipients

Spring 2018

Christina, Arellano, Texas State Univ
Cindy Benbow, UT/Permian Basin
Arali Berumen, Texas State Univ
Parker Bowen, Baylor Univ
Amanda Curry, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Samantha Foster, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Hannah Hasty, Dallas Baptist Univ
Erasmo Herrera, Stephen F. Austin State Univ
Rodney Howell, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Taylor Johnston, Stephen F. Austin State Univ
Ellen Kidwell, UT/San Antonio
Madison King, Baylor Univ
Natalie Kronser, Baylor Univ
Michael Lehmann, Texas State Univ
Mark Mallow, Texas State Univ
Jorge Martinez, Texas Tech Univ
Alexandra Martinez, Texas Woman's Univ
Emmalyn McQueen, Texas Tech Univ
Christopher Monasmith, Baylor Univ
Evan Moynihan, Baylor Univ
Catherine  Patterson, Dallas Baptist Univ
Mikaela Pyle, Baylor Univ
Ross Reinhart, Texas Tech Univ
Gabriel Sanchez, UT/Permian Basin
Connor Towns, Texas State Univ
Joseph Vasinda, Texas Tech Univ
Hilary Webking, Texas Tech Univ
Faith Westerman, Dallas Baptist Univ
Natalie Windle, Texas Woman's Univ
Charlie Winkley, Baylor Univ
Matthew Wood, Texas State Univ

Fall 2017

Jessica Barton, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Tyler Brown, Texas Tech Univ
Katherine Copeland, Texas Tech Univ
Kayla Crowley, Texas Tech Univ
Carrie Cunningham, Texas Tech Univ
Mallory Dodson, Houston Baptist Univ
Breanna Engelhardt, Texas Tech Univ
Carolyn Garcia, Texas Tech Univ
Emily Gazeley, Texas State Univ
Holly Hogan, Texas Tech Univ
Kelsey Hohnstein, Texas Tech Univ
Thomas Kang, Baylor Univ
Clayton Koch, Texas Tech Univ
Lauren Lafferty, Baylor Univ
Mykel Martin, Angelo State University
Nathan McCarty, Texas Tech Univ
Mollie McInnis, Baylor Univ
Greggory Miller, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Ryan Moos, Texas Tech Univ
Ethan Munger, Texas Tech Univ
Monica Pasillas, Texas Tech Univ
Erik Sandstrom, Houston Baptist Univ
Jessamine Sikes, Houston Baptist Univ
Maria Slaughter, UT/San Antonio
Dennis Sorto, Texas Woman's Univ
Rebecca Tann, Texas Tech Univ
Ashley Tillerson, Texas Tech Univ
Arabella Villanueva, Stephen F. Austin State Univ
Ashley Wallace, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Christina Weston, Texas Tech Univ

Spring 2017

Grace Anderson, Texas Christian Univ
Adriana Arango, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music
John Barry, Texas Woman's Univ
Maria Belknap, Tarleton State Univ
Ashley Bogisch, Baylor Univ
Brittany Bonner, Baylor Univ
Stephen Braack, Tarleton State Univ
Enrique Bracamontes, Baylor Univ
Taylor Davis, Baylor Univ
Katherine Fehr, Texas Tech Univ
Taylor Fischer, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Anthea Garcia, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music
Alexandria Goldberg, Texas Woman's Univ
Jeb Harris, UT/Permian Basin
Jenna Hernandez, Baylor Univ
Whitney Hogue, Midwestern State Univ
Texas King, UT/Permian Basin
Ceinna Knoth, Dallas Baptist Univ
Kylie Krauss, Dallas Baptist Univ
Feliziti Landin, Texas State Univ
Susan Lo, Trinity Univ
Mariana Lopez Levi, Trinity Univ
Sawyer Lowe, Texas Christian Univ
Christian Lyon, Tarleton State Univ
Matthew McMahon, Tarleton State Univ
Sarah Michaelis, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music
Elizabeth Mora, Texas State Univ
Katie Morris, Texas Tech Univ
Sarah Posz, Texas Christian Univ
Joshua Ready, Tarleton State Univ
Alberto Robledo-Madera, Texas Tech Univ
Heather Seward, Wayland Baptist Univ
Allison Speziale, Texas Tech Univ
Daniel Stephens, Trinity Univ
Meghan Thomasson, Houston Baptist Univ
Zachary Thompson, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emily Todd, Dallas Baptist Univ
Avery Turner, Texas Tech Univ
Elisa Wiseman, Texas Tech Univ
Angela Yip, Baylor Univ

Fall 2016

Ashley Allen, Texas Tech Univ
Jacob Angel, Baylor Univ
Michael Brenek, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Julia Brown, Univ of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Brianna Busby, Baylor Univ
Benjamin Cordell, Texas Tech Univ
Cheri Crutcher, Texas Woman's Univ
Jorge Flores, Texas State Univ
Michaela Hardin, Texas Tech Univ
Barbara Hughston, Baylor Univ
Rebecca Kozinski, Texas Tech Univ
Victoria Lien, Texas Tech Univ
Austin Montgomery, Baylor Univ
Megan Montgomery, Baylor Univ
Jon Ortiz, Texas Tech Univ
Alejandro Padro-Fuentes, UT/San Antonio