Raymond C. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award

The Raymond G. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award is named for the long-time music consultant to the Arizona Department of Education. The award is presented to someone outside of the music education profession for extraordinary efforts made in the area of advocacy.

Nominations by: AMEA general membership

Selection by: AMEA Hall of Fame Committee

Criteria for the Raymond G. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award:

Please upload a recommendation letter and/or support material that addresses the following characteristic traits of your nominee for the Raymond G. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award:

  • This award is presented to someone outside of the music education profession for the extraordinary efforts made in the area of advocacy for music and the arts in Arizona.

Raymond G. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award Nomination Form

Past Winners

  • Sam Kathryn Campana, 1990
  • Helen Donaldson, 1990
  • Dr. Bob Hall, 1990
  • Eddie Basha, 1991
  • Robert Caccamo, 1991
  • Paul Elsner, 1991
  • Esta Mandel, 1991
  • Pamela Krewson, 1992
  • Otto Stein, 1992
  • Karen Chapman, 1993
  • Lester Felten, Sr., 1993
  • Lillian Behr-Hoff, 1994
  • William R. Dabb, 1994
  • Paul Walsh, 1994
  • Robert Bernhart, 1995
  • Jo Ann Johnson, 1995
  • Dr. Ronald Keith, 1995
  • Phoenix Symphony Guild, 1995
  • Shelley Cohn, 1997
  • Tucson Philarmonia Youth Orchestra, 1997
  • Basha’s Grocers, 1998
  • Jeanne Warner Gilbert, 1999
  • Dr. Harvey K. Smith, 1999
  • Dr. Harold Fuller, 2000
  • Howard Beaver, 2001
  • Dr. David Finley, 2001
  • Joyce Dillon, 2002
  • Eugene Jones, 2002
  • Jane Klipp, 2002
  • Jim Threadgill, 2002
  • Jan Truitt, 2002
  • Jane Veseley, 2002
  • Larry Whitesell, 2002
  • Gary Waller, 2003
  • Jane D’Amore, 2004
  • Dr. John Pedicone, 2004
  • Robbie Roberson, 2004
  • Tom Horne, 2005
  • Jim Maynard, 2005
  • Carolina Rendon, 2005
  • Mike Tinghetella, 2005
  • Jill Kennedy, 2006
  • Monica Nelson, 2006
  • Clorinda Graziano, 2007
  • Carol Vogt, 2007
  • Garry York, 2007
  • Debra Green, 2008
  • Jim Winslow, 2008
  • Lynn Tuttle, 2009
  • Dr. Kayla Carter, 2010
  • Dr. Nicholas Clement, 2010
  • Mike Dellisanti, 2010
  • Brenda Hacker, 2010
  • Dr. Michael Cowan, 2011
  • Larry Schilling, 2011
  • Jason Barney, 2012
  • Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, 2012
  • Jackie Thrasher, 2013
  • Ethan Orr, 2014
  • Steve Pierce, 2014
  • Doug Coleman, 2014
  • Scott Shuler, 2015
  • Paul Bower, 2016
  • Chris Gilmore, 2016
  • Brenda Mayberry, 2016
  • Dawn Dee Hodge, 2017
  • Theresa Hulihan, 2017
  • Rusty Foley, 2018
  • Frank Milano, 2019
  • Lendon Whetten, 2019