FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2019
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Peru, Nebraska – Dr. Matt Hill was named Peru State College’s 2019 Teaching Excellence Award winner. Hill was honored during the College’s commencement on May 4.
Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, presented the award to Hill stating, “He has a passion for students and music. Hill holds students to a higher standard of excellence and assists them in reaching the goals he sets for the class.”
Hanson quoted a current student who wrote, “There are very few people who have a comparable passion for music and humans. When the two come together – like they do in his classes – it creates magic that I will never forget.”
Hill told the graduates, “I am sure the alumni office would love to hear from you as often as you want to reach out. More importantly, we expect to hear about you. We expect to hear from a mutual acquaintance that you held the door for them at the grocery store. We expect to hear from a nonprofit that a Peru State alum volunteered their time for a cause that is meaningful.”
“You never know never which held door or volunteered hour might change your life’s trajectory for the better. Be mindful that every word said or left unsaid and every action taken or left undone leaves an impression.”
Hill concluded, “It is time for you to share your knowledge, experience and love with the world.”
Hill is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Peru State. He has been at the College since September 2014. In addition to directing the Women’s Choir and Concert Chorale, Hill teaches Music Theory, Choral Methods and Music History.
Hill is the founder and current Artistic and Executive Director of Sing Omaha, Inc. This organization offers ten choirs and two studio locations for private voice, piano and guitar lessons. Hill conducts the organization’s two adult choirs, and maintains an active roster of voice students at the studios.
He has also been honored as both the Choral Director of the Year in 2018 and the Young Choral Director of the Year by the Nebraska chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Hill is published annually in the Nebraska Choral Directors journal, and in 2018 he was elected as Treasurer to a three-year term for the organization.
Other on-campus duties include serving on the Teacher Education Committee, Chairman of the Assessment Committee, and Faculty Senate.
Dr. Hill earned his Master’s of Choral Conducting degree at Oklahoma State University in 2012 and recently completed his Doctorate of Choral Conducting at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in May 2019.
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Thomas Veleba contributed to this release.