Parker’s Kelli Falls named state vocal teacher of the year

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Kelli Falls, Parker Middle School vocal music director has been selected as the 2017 Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) Teacher of the Year. She was presented with this prestigious honor Friday, Jan. 20 at the Michigan Music Conference.

To be considered for the MSVMA Teacher of the Year award, an individual must be an MSVMA member, have taught for a minimum of 15 years, demonstrate excellence in performance and be influential in creating a love and understanding of music for the masses. Nominations for the award are accepted each spring during the association’s district meeting and placed on a preliminary ballot for consideration by MSVMA members. Following the preliminary voting, the top four nominees are placed on a final ballot, which is sent to all MSVMA members for voting.

“I am very humbled to be selected for this honor. There are many amazing choral educators across this great state of Michigan. I am honored that my colleagues think that highly of me,” said Falls. “I am so surprised to have won; I just have so much respect for my colleagues across the state. I have learned so much from so many. My mentor teachers, Nancy Bray and Les Rowsey, and my ultimate mentor Rod Bushey. My colleagues have become my trusted friends. I am just so honored. I am very thankful to be a member of the Howell Public Schools music staff. We have a strong team beginning with our elementary music specialists. We are so lucky to be able to work with outstanding students every day.”

“Kelli is an extraordinary educator who is very deserving of this honor. She constantly goes above and beyond to provide unique opportunities for her students to experience all aspects of vocal music,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “Whether it is a choir concert, a full-scale musical or a Madrigal Dinner, Kelli’s students always put on an amazing show that rivals the quality of most high school performances.”

In addition to being the vocal music director at Parker, Falls also teaches the school’s teen leadership class. During her career, she has directed 18 full-scale musicals at the middle school level. Outside of Howell Public Schools Falls has directed the Livingston County Chorale Children’s Choir and is currently the director of the Livingston County Chorale. She is the new director of the annual Hartland, Handel’s Messiah Sing with the Hartland Community Choir. Additionally, she has directed several MSVMA State Honors Choirs and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp choirs. Falls has performed with several musical groups and is currently a member of a professional quartet.

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