AMEF Recognition Award

The AMEF Recognition Award is presented yearly at Music Conference Alberta. This prestigious award was established to recognize music educators (kindergarten through college, in private and public schools and studio teachers) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education in Alberta.

Colleagues, students, friends or other community members are encouraged to make a submission to recognize a deserving individual that has pursued excellence in music education in any genre.

The nomination deadline was August 31, 2020



2019 Recipient

John Kadz | Calgary

John Kadz

John Kadz is considered to be one of the most outstanding cello teachers of his generation in the world, and students have come from around the world to study with him. His students occupy positions in top universities and orchestras in North America. In 1970, John became principal cellist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and there he was active as a chamber musician and teacher. He began his first teaching experience at the University of Calgary, where he continues to teach. At Mount Royal College, John gave private cello lessons and master classes and coached chamber music.

In 1980, John and Norman Burgess, the Director of the Mount Royal Conservatory, established The Academy for Gifted Youth within the Conservatory to provide intensive, high performance instrumental training to young people of conspicuous talent and motivation. John remained there for the next 36 years, first as Manager of the Academy and then as Artistic Director while maintaining a full teaching load.

Past Recipients

David Tutt | Linda Burwell | William van der Sloot | Lary Benson | Roberta Stephen | Mark Friesen | Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff | Nathene Arthur | Kim Mattice-Wanat | Alexandra Munn | Pat Frehlich | Monica Baczuk | Dale S. Jackson