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04-Oct-2019

Amy Jo Sawyer Named: 2019 ISMTA Teacher of the Year - USA

Amy Jo SawyerThe ATG association is proud to announce that ATG Vice President, Amy Jo Sawyer was named the Illinois State Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2019. This organization includes all variety of music teachers and is not an “accordion” organization.

Below is a copy of the letter that was sent from the ISMTA to all of their members:

“Please join me in congratulating Amy Jo Sawyer, our 2019 Teacher of the Year. Amy Jo will be honored at the ISMTA Conference on November 2nd at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and will be nominated as a candidate for the 2020 MTNA Teacher of the Year".

Amy Jo has received an MA in Jazz Performance and BA in Piano Performance and Composition, is past President, Certification Chair, AIM Chair for the ISMTA Gateway Arch East chapter, for which she currently serves as Vice President/Program Coordinator. She was Chapter "Member of the Year" 2000, 2014 and 2019, received the ISMTA Composer Commissioning Award in 2014, and is currently the ISMTA Composer Commissioning Program Chair.

Along with being the 2nd Vice President for the ATG International, she is an accordionist with the St. Louis Symphony and performed "Italian Love Songs" when Luciano Pavarotti sang.

Her Accordion Orchestra, solos and duets have been performed internationally. Her Tango, "Recuerdos" (Memories) was performed by the "World Accordion Orchestra X" at the 2018 Coupe Mondiale in Lithuania.
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