California Music Educators Association presents awards to two from IUSD

Two exemplary educators who have made a big impact on IUSD’s music program have been recognized by the California Music Educators Association.

CMEA Annual Awards GalaBob Avzaradel, who chairs the Performing Arts Department at Irvine High School — and is pictured on the right — was presented with the CMEA Jazz Educator Award at the association’s Annual Awards Gala on Feb. 21. Brad Van Patten, who oversees IUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, was one of three administrators to take home the CMEA Outstanding Administrator Award.

The gala to honor California’s top music educators took place during the 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference, which was held Feb. 20-23 in Fresno. 

“Jazz is a cornerstone of American culture,” Avzaradel said this week, after returning from the conference. “I am honored to have been recognized at the state level for what we do at Irvine High School.”

As part of the National Association for Music Education, CMEA focuses on the importance of music education and promotes quality music programs throughout the state.