Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence | Nina & Daniel Wallenberg

The Music Institute presents its Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence to Nina Wallenberg and Daniel Wallenberg. A member of the MIC's Suzuki cello faculty and Musikgarten® early childhood music and movement program for more than 30 years, Nina is a member of the Northbrook Symphony and was formerly principal cellist of Orquestra Sinfonica del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and the Utah Valley Symphony. She previously taught at the Rubin Academy – Community Division in Jerusalem and at Brigham Young University. Daniel, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, has been conductor of the MIC Chorale since 1987. He also conducts the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation adult and children's choirs and worked with Chicago Children’s Choir’s Neighborhood Choir programs in Rogers Park and Humboldt Park. He has extensive experience conducting collegiate, community, professional, and children’s choral groups throughout the world and has many choral arrangements to his name.

Past Recipients
2020 Arlene Stokman and Abraham Stokman, piano faculty
2019 Susan Charles, voice faculty
2018 Stanley Davis, clarinet and saxophone faculty
2017  Elaine Felder, MIC Piano Department Chair, piano and chamber music faculty
2016  Roland and Almita Vamos, violin and viola faculty
2015  Gilda Barston, Dean Emeritus, cello faculty
2014  Claire Aebersold Neiweem and Ralph Neiweem, piano and chamber music faculty

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