Joseph Pappas Receives the State NFHS Outstanding Music Educator of Year Award


Each year, the NFHS Music Association gives its Outstanding Music Educator of the Year award to one recipient in each state.  This year, MSHSAA is please to recognize Joseph Pappas, of Festus, Missouri, as the 2015-2016 Missouri state award recipient.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education at Southeast Missouri State University in 1972 and 1979.  He began his teaching career in 1972 at Bell City School District. Over his forty-four year career in music education, Joe has also served as the music director at Scott City, Mexico and the Rockwood School Districts.  He is also the Supervisor of Instrumental Music Student Teaching at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and an adjunct music instructor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro.

Pappas has contributed in numerous ways to the promotion and development of musicians and music education programs at all levels.  Many of the ensembles under his direction have performed at the Missouri Bandmasters Association convention and have earned highest honors in many state and regional festivals.  He has received many honors and awards throughout his career including the St. Louis Suburban MMEA Merit Award (2015), Alumni Merit Award (2012), the MSHSAA Distinguished Service Award (1995) as well as serving as guest conductor/lecturer in Costa Rica and Austria.

Joe is actively involved and maintains membership in several professional music and education organizations such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), Missouri Bandmasters Association (MBA), the National Education Association (NEA), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Association of Music Publishers.  He also serves as the midwest coordinator for the Music in the Parks, Festivals of Music and Six Flags Music Festivals and is owner/publisher of JPM Music Publications.  Joe has served since 1979 as a MSHSAA District Music Festival Manager and is an active composer and publisher.  He has written instrumental sight reading selections for use at the MSHSAA Large Group Music Festival and many of his solo and small ensemble works appear on the prescribed graded music list for Missouri and other states.