The NSO is collaborating 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, we proudly introduce 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 Niagara Symphony Orchestra will honour 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

Download further details and nomination form:
About the Award
Nomination Form

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Formulaire de Nomination

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.