Representatives from the GRAMMY Foundation will officially present Wilton High School music director Frank “Chip” Gawle with his Grammy Educator Finalist Award at the annual WHS Jazz Scholarship Concert, along with a $1,000 honorarium from the GRAMMY Foundation. Wilton High School will also receive a $1,000 matching grant, which will be presented to WHS principal, Dr. Robert O’Donnell.

The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the WHS Little Theater.

Gawle, a North Stamford, CT resident, was one of 10 music teachers selected as a finalist for the third annual Music Educator Award. In total, more than 4,500 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

A joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining quality music education in schools.

“With the creation of this award, the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation are shining a spotlight on the positive and lifelong impact that music educators have on their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and the Recording Academy. “So many GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists share with me how a music teacher encouraged them early on, nurtured their talents and helped them realize that a professional career in music was an attainable goal.”

Wilton residents are invited to join the WHS Warrior Band community for this celebration of the remarkable impact Gawle has on music education in Wilton, and the lasting contributions he has made to the field of music education. The presentation will take place prior to the Jazz I performance, at approximately 8 p.m.. Voluntary donations to the WHS Music Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the door.