Funds for the John P. Varineau Outstanding Music Educator Award have been provided by The Wege Foundation

The John P. Varineau Outstanding Music Educator Award was established to support music teachers in West Michigan who work tirelessly to ensure that music and music-making is an active part of every student’s education.

The award recipient receives a $1,000 cash award for his/her school program, specialized opportunities for his/her students to interact with the Grand Rapids Symphony musicians and education programs, and two season tickets to the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series for the year of his/her award.


Nominations are open to all music educators (instrumental, vocal, general music), for all levels (elementary, middle school, high school and collegiate) in West Michigan who have demonstrated outstanding merit.

Nomination Process

Nominators must complete the nomination form and submit all the requested support materials by April 30 (postmarked). For more information, contact the education Department at 616.454.9451 x 128, or download the JPV Award Info and Application here.

2014-2015 Recipient: Scott Vanden Berg, Holland Christian High School

2013-2014 Recipient: Dr. James Borst, East Grand Rapids High School

2012-2013 Recipient: Karen Nofsinger, Wayland Union Schools

2011-2012 Recipient: Jennifer Arnold, Tri-County Area Schools

2010-2011 Recipient: Pete DeLille, Caledonia High School