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LIU Post Faculty, Alumna Nominated For New Music Educator Grammy Award

Among 217 quarterfinalists selected from more than 30,000 nominees nationwide; first winner in new category will honored at 2014 ceremony


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – Two LIU Post adjunct music professors and an alumna have been nominated for the inaugural Grammy Music Educator Awards, a new category announced this year to honor music teachers.

Among the quarterfinalists announced by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation were Elaine Gates, a music education faculty member who has been teaching for 63 years; Danielle McRoy, a professor who also teaches at Half Hollow Hills East High School; and 2009 LIU Post alumna Audrey Rome, band director at Roosevelt Middle School.

“This is a wonderful testament to the work these individuals do daily,” said Noel Zahler, dean of LIU Post’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. “They have distinguished themselves, our School and our University.”

A total of 217 music teachers from 45 states were announced as quarterfinalists for the award, from more than 30,000 initial nominations.

Elaine GatesGates, a resident of Centerport, N.Y., has been an adjunct at LIU Post for the past 12 years and teaches the Introduction to Music Education and the graduate Elementary Music Education classes. She oversees music education student teachers and conducts children's choruses at LIU Post’s Performing Arts Academy Summer Camp, and was a founding educator at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Danielle McRoyMcRoy, of Huntington, N.Y., is the choral director at Half Hollow Hills High School East, where she directs the Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Since 1999, she has served as an adjunct professor of voice and music education at LIU Post. She has also served as Music Department chairperson and director of choral activities at The Mary Louis Academy, and as a teaching assistant at Teachers College, Columbia University.

While at LIU Post, Williston Park resident Rome was winner of the 2009 Caitlin Hurrey Collegiate Professional Achievement Scholarship. As president of the college chapter of MENC – the National Association for Music Education, she initiated new outreach programs, including a music education program for home-schooled students, and a PreK-16 partnership program in which student teachers teach music to children with special needs in local school districts.

According to Grammy officials, the new category was created because “for every performer who makes it to the Grammy stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. Eligible nominees include current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who demonstrate that they have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Ten finalists will be selected, including one winner, who will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award and attend the Grammys, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. All other finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Semifinalists will be announced in August. For more information, visit

Posted 06/04/2013

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