NSO proudly announces inaugural winner of the Paul van Dongen Award

Feb 08, 2018

NSO proudly announces inaugural winner of the Paul van Dongen Award for Excellence Teaching Music:
Mr. Isaac Hannigan

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Paul van Dongen Award for Excellence Teaching Music, part of the Champions of the Arts initiative.  The inaugural recipient of the award, established in March 2017, is Mr. Isaac Hannigan, an elementary music teacher at the DSBN Academy in St. Catharines.  Congratulations Mr. Hannigan, and thank you for all the fine work you do to inspire your students through music! 

In the words of his nominators, Mr. Hannigan "instills a passion for music in our students, he stays current and makes the arts meaningful, and encourages the incorporation of music in other subject areas".   The Paul van Dongen Award celebrates Isaac Hannigan for his commitment to integrating music across the curriculum, to engaging students in the making and appreciation of music, and for his robust contribution to arts education in Niagara.

Mr. Hannigan and a class from the DSBN Academy will  meet artists of the symphony and tour the concert hall when they attend PLAYTIME, the NSO's Classical Family school matinee performance on Monday May 7, part of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre's imPACt series.  May 7 is Music Monday across Canada, a fitting day to celebrate an exemplary music educator!

Paul van Dongen was a long-time member of the NSO, a conductor, and gifted music educator who founded both the Summer Music Camp and the Niagara Youth Orchestra.  The NSO is honoured to celebrate his memory by recognizing Isaac Hannigan, who continues Paul's legacy of outstanding music education.

The Paul van Dongen Award is part of the Champions of the Arts Awards initiative.  Launched in March of 2017 by Carousel Players, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and Rodman Hall Art Centre, the awards celebrate outstanding elementary school teachers who inspire their students through the integration of the arts in the classroom, and across the curriculum.  These awards, which build on the success of the Norah Morgan award established by Carousel Players in 2006, are given for excellence in teaching Theatre Arts, Music and the Visual Arts.  Nomination forms for the 2018 Champions of the Arts Awards are available soon on our websites.  A flourishing culture of arts education benefits everyone; celebrate these remarkable educators with us!

For 2018 Champions of the Arts information and nomination forms, contact Carousel Players (Theatre Arts) Rodman Hall Art Centre (Visual Arts) or theNSO (Music)