Ediger Named Peru State’s 2012 Teacher Excellence Award Winner
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Thomas Ediger has been named the institution’s 2012 Teacher Excellence Award Winner, marking the third time he has been granted the distinction.
Ediger will be honored during PSC’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.
PSC President Dan Hanson said, “It is rare that one individual has so much impact on a campus culture. Long a master of student engagement, Dr. Ediger’s tireless efforts were immediately recognized by everyone involved in the decision-making process for this award. Tom, his students and their performances give the campus a sense of heart and soul that is deeply appreciated. He is well-deserving of this honor and I congratulate him on this achievement.”
Ediger said, “Peru State College is fortunate to have many first-rate teachers, so it is an honor to be recognized in this way. The balance of faculty responsibilities among teaching, professional development and service works well for me. I am very grateful to be part of the Peru State faculty.”
The Teacher Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding full-time faculty member at each of the three state colleges, Peru, Wayne and Chadron. To be considered, a faculty member must have a minimum of four years consecutive employment at the college, have taught a minimum of 15 credit hours during the previous academic year, and have an active and positive record of service to students as an academic, professional or personal advisor. Candidates must also have demonstrated involvement in faculty development programs, a superior level of teaching effectiveness and a record of public service.
Recipients of the campus award from each of the colleges are finalists for the Nebraska State College System’s George Rebensdorf Teaching Excellence Award.
Ediger joined the Peru State faculty in 1979 where he directs the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers and teaches courses in music theory, music history, music education and piano. He is an active performer, composer and a popular piano and vocal clinician/adjudicator in the region. His most recent compositions are The Land of Oops, a chamber opera for the Madrigal Singers, and Psalm 121 for choir published by Concordia Press. His piano and composition students have often won state and regional competitions.
Ediger founded Peru State’s Piano Extravaganza in 1990, an annual event that brings more than 200 pianists to campus for day-long rehearsals and a final performance where, under his direction, 30 pianists simultaneously play 15 pianos. He coordinates the college’s Annual High School Show Choir Festival and annual Choral Festival Honor Choir. Ediger is also director and producer of PSC’s annual “Holiday Madrigal Dinner,” which features the Peru State Madrigal Singers in a fully costumed Renaissance dinner with traditional madrigals, originally composed music, and a variety of musical and theatrical entertainment.
Ediger is currently treasurer of Nebraska Music Teachers Association, having previously served the organization as president. He was honored by the association in 2008 as their Distinguished Teacher of the Year and Service Award Winner.
In March 2009, Dr. Ediger was awarded the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Foundation Fellow Award in recognition of his service and leadership. He has served as director of the MTNA West Central Division and as a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently on the MTNA Foundation Fund’s national development committee.
Ediger earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska. He holds a Master's degree in piano performance and a doctorate in theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Ediger has also completed postgraduate work at Portland State University, Yale University and in Graz, Austria. He holds the permanent national teacher certification in piano and theory through the MTNA.