The NSO continues its partnership with Carousel Players and Rodman Hall Art Centre in the “Champions of the Arts” initiative.  Building on the success of the Carousel Players Norah Morgan Award, in March 2017 we proudly introduced the Paul van Dongen Memorial Award, and the Rodman Hall Art Centre Award, celebrating dedicated educators who champion the arts - drama, visual art, music - in Niagara schools.


The NSO congratulates the inaugural winner of the Paul van Dongen Award:  Mr. Isaac Hannigan, of the DSBN Academy.

Commented Mr. Hannigan: “What greater job is there than cultivating the most beautiful, universal language of music”

Read the Full Press Release HERE

Mr. Isaac Hannigan, with DSBN Academy students



The Niagara Symphony Orchestra honours the memory of renowned music educator Paul van Dongen by celebrating a Niagara-area elementary teacher who:

  •          Inspires their students through the integration of music into regular classroom experiences and across the curriculum
  •          Challenges their students to experience and explore all types of music
  •          Makes a robust contribution to arts education in Niagara

About the Award
Download the 2018 Nomination Forms HERE

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2018 Formulaire de Nomination ICI

Paul van Dongen (1927-2015) was a long-time member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, a conductor, and a gifted music educator with the Lincoln County Board of Education. A true champion of the arts, he founded both the Summer Music Camp (1962) and the Niagara Youth Orchestra (1965), inspiring and nurturing a love of music in young people for decades. Paul’s enduring legacy continues today; the NSO is honoured to celebrate his memory by recognizing a teacher who continues his work by integrating music in the classroom.

The NSO’s award recognizes exceptional teachers of music.  To nominate teachers in the disciplines of Theatre and Visual Art, please contact Carousel Players and Rodman Hall Art Centre.