Nanaimo Music Teacher Receives National “Outstanding Jazz Director” Award – Nanaimo News Bulletin
The music students from Wellington High School in Nanaimo performed well at MusicFest Canada and this year the school’s conductor was recognized for her role in their success.
An online edition of the annual festival took place May 24-27, with music students from across Canada submitting video performances for evaluation. Of Wellington’s 11 groups, eight won gold and three won silver. Ten students also received individual awards for their efforts
A virtual awards ceremony was held on May 27 and Wellington Group Director Carmella Luvisotto was named the recipient of the 2021 Tommy Banks / National Arts Center Orchestra Award for Best Jazz Director. She will receive a plaque and a prize of $ 500.
In her video remarks, Luvisotto said she was “truly honored” to receive the award, which is named after jazz pianist, artist and senator from Alberta Tommy Banks, who died in 2018. Luvisotto said Banks had used to judging bands at MusicFest and playing with them often.
“I have always admired Tommy Banks as both a musician and an educator,” she said in her video. “I appreciated all he did for music education and young student musicians.”
In her speech, Luvisotto also thanked the jazz conductors she had during her high school and college years and she thanked her father for instilling a love of jazz in her from the age of five.
“Music is such an important part of everyone’s daily life, especially in today’s world…” she said. “After 24 years of teaching, I am so grateful to be able to share my love of jazz with my own students and guide them through their music education in high school. “
Since winning the award, Luvisotto told the News Bulletin that she has been inundated with congratulations.
“The congratulations from so many have been overwhelming, but truly appreciated,” she said. “It’s great to know that I am appreciated in the Nanaimo community and across Canada.