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Wilton Music Teacher Makes The Cut For Finalist In Grammy Award Program

Frank Gawle
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WILTON, Conn. — Frank "Chip" Gawle, a music educator at Wilton High School and a Stamford resident, has been selected as one of just 10 finalists across the country for the 2016 Music Educator Award presented by the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy. 

He was selected out of 4,500 initial nominations. 

The annual Music Educator Award was established to recognize educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field, and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.

Gawle, who has been teaching at Wilton High School since 1981, was nominated for the award by a parent. When he received a packet of information from the Grammy Foundation in May with the steps needed to move forward, Gawle wondered whether he should go through with the application.

He told his AP Music Theory students that he was too busy preparing for end-of-year school concerts and musicals.

But his students encouraged him to enter, and with help from them and a dedicated parent, Gawle produce the two videos needed for the application.

If Gawle is selected for the award, he will be flown to the Grammy Awards in February to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium.

Nominations for the 2017 Music Educator Award are now open. To nominate a music teacher, visit:

Read more about Frank Gawle here on the Daily Voice.

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