1/11/2021

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 Brian Reeves, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, as the 2020-2021 Missouri state award recipient.

Brian is currently in his twenty-ninth year as a choir director.  Currently, he serves as Director of Choral Activities at Parkway North High School.  Prior to this position he taught choir at the Odessa Junior High and High School District in Odessa, Missouri. 

Brian received his Bachelors of Music Education degree at the Missouri State University,his Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at Lindenwood University and post graduate hours with Truman State University.    

Under his direction his choirs have been selected to perform twice at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.  During his tenure at Parkway North, his choirs have received twenty-four consecutive Exemplary ratings at the MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival.  For many years, Brian led ten regularly rehearsing year-long high school ensembles, five of which rehearsed completely outside of the school day.  

Reeves is involved in and held leadership positions in several professional music education organizations including President of the Missouri Choral Directors Association and is currently serving as Past-President of the Missouri Music Educators Association.  He has also presented twice to state leaders at the NAfME National Assembly and the NAfME Southwest Division Meetings regarding the success of the MMEA Mentoring Program.  During his tenure as MCDA President, to encourge sight reading, MCDA began the Missouri State Sight Singing Championship where the top sight reading scorers from each district compete in a final round of competition during their state conference.  The champion is then annoucned just prior to the All-State Choir performance. As MMEA President, a systemic effort was made to increase the focus on equity throughout the association and its events. 

Brian will receive his award on February 3rd at 6:45 p.m. just prior to the keynote address by Eric Whitacre at the Missouri Music Educators Association Virtual Conference.