Andy Johnston 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 Andy Johnston, of Springfield, Missouri, as the 2016-2017 Missouri state award recipient.

Andy earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Oklahoma State University in 1991 and Master of Music in Viola Performance at Missouri State University in 2001. He began his teaching career in 1992 with the Enid Public Schools in Enid, Oklahoma and in 1997, Johnston became the high school orchestra director at Glendale High School, in Springfield, Missouri. Johnston has also served as Assistant Conductor, to the Springfield Youth Symphony (1998-2001), Conductor, of the Springfield Junior Symphony (2001-2006) and Instructor of Applied Viola, Missouri State University (2007 and 2014). In 2011, he became the Music Director of the Springfield Youth Symphony; a position he still holds and in 2016 he became the Orchestra Director at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Johnston has contributed in many ways to the betterment of high school music programs.  He has served on local and state committees and boards, and he continues to work towards the advancement of string education in general.  His high school orchestras are noted for their excellence in performance, and his students are noted for their individual accomplishments as musicians.  Andy has worked to make elementary orchestra a priority in the Springfield Public Schools.  He implemented and hosted the All-City Fifth Grade Orchestra Concert, showcasing hundreds of elementary school students to parents, administrators, and the community each year.  Andy’s high school performing groups, Springfield Junior Youth Symphony 2005 and Glendale High School Orchestras in 2016 were chosen as performing groups for the MMEA Annual In-service Workshop/Conference.  Additionally, he has conducted the Springfield Junior Youth Symphony in ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival in 2006; and he was Assistant Conductor of the Springfield Youth Symphony on their performance at the 2000 Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Andy is actively involved and maintains membership in several professional music education organizations such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), and  the Missouri American String Teachers Association (MoASTA). He also serves on the MSHSAA String Sight Reading Sub-Committee.