Chris Maunu named GRAMMY Music Educator Award Semi-Finalist
It was an incredible honor to be once again named among the best music educators in the United States by the GRAMMYs. In late October I was honored to be named 1 of 25 Semi-Finalists out of 3,300 nominees for the 2020 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. The award is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. The winner will attend the GRAMMY Awards and receive a $10,000 prize and a $10,000 grant for their music program. Finalists will be names in December and the winner in January. Click on the image below to read the press release.
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Chris Maunu wins CMA National Music Teacher of Excellence Award

I was so humbled to travel to a special red carpet event in Nashville, TN to receive the CMA National Music Teacher of Excellence Award. I was honored to be 1 of 10 recipients at the national level. This prestigious award recognizes music teachers of all levels K-12 who make a significant impact on students. The event was hosted by country superstar Dierks Bentley, with over 30 other country stars in attendance including Kelsey Ballerini and Kix Brooks.

Chris Maunu Finalist for GRAMMY Music Educator Award

It was an incredible honor to be named among the best music educators in the United States. I was 1 of 10 Finalists (and 1 of 2 choral directors) out of 2,300 nominees to be named a Finalist for the 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator Award at the 60th Grammy Awards in New York City. The award is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

Arvada West High School premieres choral piece on School Shootings

In the days following the devastation of the Parkland, Florida shooting there was a threat written on one of the walls of our own school bathrooms. Although the threat was eventually dismissed, the fear and sadness was deeply felt. The AWHS choir room quickly became a place to share all of those incredibly difficult feelings for the students. One of our own Arvada West Choir students (Taylor Huntley) wrote a poem that addressed the trauma felt through all of this bloodshed and shared with the choir. We were all moved to tears. I asked my friend and composer Andrea Ramsey to set this beautiful poem to music and it was completed approximately 1 year after the Parkland shooting. We were set to perform this new composition May 9, 2019. Just two days before the premiere, there was another fatal school shooting just 20 miles away at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. No matter how often this happens, we can't allow ourselves to view this as normal. We can change.

Arvada West High School Vocal Showcase performs at National ACDA
It was an incredible honor to conduct my high school mixed choir (Vocal Showcase) at National ACDA! The choir was selected as 1 of 2 high school mixed concert choirs in the United States to perform at the nation's most prestigious choral event, held once every two years.
Chris Maunu Receives Distinguished Alumni Award for Northern State University
and Delivers Commencement Address
Speaking at a university commencement was something I never expected, but it was one of the most special moments of my life. I graduated from NSU 15 years ago. It was the place I truly found my love for music and decided that I would make a career out of it. I am so grateful for my time at NSU and glad that I was able to give back in a small way!
Arvada West Vocal Showcase wins the American Prize in Choral Performance
It was incredibly humbling to hear that Arvada West High School's Vocal Showcase choir was named WINNER of the American Prize! This prestigious national contest featured many incredible ensembles from around the United States.