The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has named University of the Cumberlands collegiate chapter as the recipient of the 2022 National Chapter of the Year Recognition Program Service Award. This award recognizes a program that exemplifies outstanding service and dedication, demonstrating exceptional service to NAfME through community outreach, improved educational experiences in music, and creating and maintaining affiliations with other organizations.

The Chapter of the Year recognition was developed to encourage chapters to plan and execute successful chapter music programs, professional development projects, recruitment techniques, and service projects. A committee made up of sitting NAfME Collegiate National and Division chairs select the Chapter of Excellence. Recognition of excellent programs is conferred annually and based on activities completed by the chapter.

University of the Cumberlands Music Department has a long history of excellence in Music Education, and the Cumberlands collegiate NAfME chapter is well known for its commitment and service to music on our campus and to music students, teachers, and programs throughout the region. This year’s chapter was led by student officers Drew Shannon, Annie Stigall, Caleb Packman and Garrett Woosley and the group of 34 members carried out more than 30 service projects and events as part of their yearly music advocacy calendar. The chapter will be recognized in national NAfME publications and at the annual National Conference in November.