Stephen Luchs Wins State Music Award

Posted: Friday, March 6th 2020

Stephen Luchs, a SDUSD elementary instrumental music educator, is the recipient of a state-level award from the California Music Educators Association. On February 21, Mr. Luchs received CMEA's “Hall of Fame” award which honors lifetime achievement in music education. The award was presented during the gala awards banquet at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in Fresno, California on February 21.

Mr. Luchs is an educator with the VAPA Department, teaching instrumental music (specializing in Suzuki strings) at Crown Point Junior Music Academy and Sequoia Elementary School. Mr. Luchs moved to San Diego in 1978 after receiving a Master’s Degre in Violin Performance, and soon after became a violinist with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and many other ensembles. He has also worked as a freelance musician performing with many artists including Tony Bennett, Moody Blues, Burt Bacharach, Smokey Robinson, and the Bolshoi Ballet. Mr. Luchs has served on the Board of Directors of The Suzuki Music Association of California and was President of the San Diego Branch of the Suzuki Association. He has received the coveted Paul Schuchman award for outstanding instrumental music education as selected by his peers in SDUSD.

CMEA presents annual awards that honor outstanding music educators, classroom teachers, administrators and other state leaders. Their website says, “Each of these individuals exemplifies what we identify as excellence and dedication in providing young people an education in music.” Mr. Luchs was nominated for this award at the state level through the Southern Border Section of CMEA, from whom he won this award at the regional level in January.

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