Levi Dobrinski to be Honored as State’s Outstanding Young Music Educator

11.08.2017 1:21 PM

Levi Dobrinski, the orchestra director for Putnam City West High School and The Silver Strings of Putnam City, will receive the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Outstanding Young Music Educator award on Thursday, Jan. 18, in a ceremony that is part of the OkMEA Winter Conference in Tulsa.

Outstanding Young Music Educators have completed no more than five years of teaching, are members of OkMEA, and demonstrate excellence in the teaching of music as evidenced by competition, awards, and peer or administrator statements. Recipients have also grown, both personally and academically, as a music educator. Outstanding Young Music Educators are nominated by their peers, recommended by the OkMEA awards committee, and confirmed by the OkMEA executive board.

Dobrinski, a graduate of Putnam City North High School, taught for a year in Edmond Public Schools before beginning his Putnam City teaching career in 2015. Dobrinski taught orchestra at Mayfield Middle School, Western Oaks Middle School and Hilldale Elementary School. During his tenure at Mayfield, the orchestra more than doubled in size to include more than 120 students. The Mayfield orchestra received a superior rating that year at OSSAA state contest for the first time in many years. During his time at Hilldale Elementary the program grew from seven students to more than 70. He was honored by Putnam City as a Superstar young teacher in 2016, and then in 2017 accepted the position of orchestra director for Putnam City West and The Silver Strings.

Dobrinski credits his success to his family and friends for their support, the orchestra directors in Oklahoma for their willingness to grow young educators, and Anne Guevara, the former orchestra director for Putnam City West and The Silver Strings, who mentored him for many years.

Those influences on his life are a prime reason Dobrinski feels he’s in the right place.

“It is amazing to get to work with the exceptional orchestra educators in Putnam City and across Oklahoma. We get the opportunity each day to help our students grow in more than just musical knowledge; we get to show them a community of support where creating music together is a powerful force for good,” he says.