Retired Putnam City Teacher to be Inducted into Music Educators Hall of Fame

11.08.2017 1:25 PM

Retired Putnam City music educator Anne Guevara will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Hall of Fame on Thursday, Jan. 18. The ceremony is a part of the OkMEA Winter Conference in Tulsa.

Hall of Fame inductees must have completed at least 25 years of active service as a music teacher and/or music administrator and been a member of OkMEA for a minimum of 15 years. Inductees have made a significant contribution to music education in Oklahoma, served OkMEA in a significant region or state capacity, and demonstrated excellence in the teaching of music. Recipients are nominated by their peers, recommended by the OkMEA Awards committee, and confirmed by the OkMEA Executive Board.

Guevara is an adjunct string instructor at Southern Nazarene University and the retired orchestra director for Putnam City West High School, The Silver Strings of Putnam City, Windsor Hills Elementary and Western Oaks Elementary. She also served as the department chair for the Putnam City Schools orchestra program.

Guevara is the past chair of the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), past president of the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), served on the executive committee for Local 375-703 of the American Federation of Musicians for 15 years, and was the OkMEA orchestra chair in 1990 and 2004. Guevara has been a member of the string faculty for the University of Arkansas Summer String Camp since 2000. She is a member of the Enid Symphony Orchestra, Norman Philharmonic Orchestra and Oklahoma Strings Quartet, and is an active freelance violinist, violist and adjudicator.

She has been the guest conductor for the Enid All-City Orchestra, Northern Oklahoma All-District Orchestra and the Northwest Arkansas Honor Orchestra. Guevara presented the "Music Box" workshops in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for OAAE, a member of the Kennedy Center.

In 2006, Guevara was named the ASTA "Teacher of the Year" for the Oklahoma chapter. She was awarded a Golden Apple award from the Putnam City Schools Foundation for excellence in service in May 2010. She was also named 2011 Exemplary Teacher by OkMEA, awarded the 2011 Governor's Arts in Education award, and received the Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award from ASTA in 2012.

Guevara holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Education from Oklahoma City University. She also conducted post-graduate studies in viola at the University of Oklahoma.