Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:30

2015 MMF Music Educator of the Year Announced

Heather Massey with some of her recent students. Heather Massey with some of her recent students.

Heather Massey, music and drama teacher and musical director at Somerset High School, has been selected the 2015 Master Musicians Festival Music Educator of the Year.

Before joining Somerset High School, Massey taught general music at Southern Middle School in Somerset and was a private vocal instructor. She also serves as the middle school choral director at Foster Music Camp at Eastern Kentucky University, serves in music ministry with her sisters in the gospel trio The Massey Sisters, and is a member of the worship team at First Baptist Church of Somerset.

Massey earned her bachelor’s of music education at Campbellsville University in 2009 and is pursuing her bachelor’s equivalency in music therapy and a master’s in music education at the University of Kentucky. She was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Undergraduate Music Student Award from her graduating class at Campbellsville University and was selected to participate in the 2008 and 2009 Kentucky Music Educators Association All Collegiate Choir. During her time at CU, Massey participated in six ensembles and a musical theater performance, and was inducted into several honor societies, including the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa (academics) and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership).

During the 2012-2013 school year, Somerset High School selected Massey to be the musical theater teacher to achieve a school mission of reviving the musical theater program. Under her direction, the music and theater program has produced six choral performances, a student-written play and three musical theater performances, for which she directed and designed each set. Her first musical theater endeavor, “Grease” in 2013, inspired a much-needed renovation to the renowned W. B. Jones Auditorium at Somerset High School, and paved the way for following performances of “Singin’ in the Rain” in 2014, and the most recent performance of “Beauty and the Beast” in 2015, which brought in record-breaking attendance and community enthusiasm. Through these productions, and the efforts of Massey and others who have committed to building the arts in the Somerset area, the music and theater programs at Somerset High School continue to grow.


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