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.

If you know someone in Alberta whose efforts are worthy of this recognition, please take the time to submit a nomination.

Nominations are due by September 1 each year.


2017 Recipient

Linda Burwell | Cardston

Linda Burwell

Linda Burwell, born and raised in Cardston, Alberta has taught at the Cardston Elementary School for 34 years. She holds a B.Ed degree with a major in music from the University of Lethbridge. She is passionate about teaching over 450 students to sing and make music each year. Linda also finds great joy in directing 140 Cardston School’s Junior and Senior Choir children. These choirs work very hard, which has led them both to have won the Alberta Music Association festivals, and the Senior Choir has won National Music Festivals.

Linda was honoured with an invitation to direct Alberta Choral Federation’s “Alberta Children’s Apprentice Choir” in February of 2013. Working with some of the province’s finest young musicians and sharing a stage with Catherine Glaser-Climie, Josie Burgess, Jolaine Kerley, and Meghan Rayment will forever be a career highlight. She expresses deep gratitude to the many adjudicators, colleagues and members of Alberta’s amazing music leaders who have influenced, taught, encouraged and inspired her over the years.

While Linda delights in making beautiful music with young people, her other great passion is her amazing husband Howie, their 8 wonderful children, and 17 adorable grandchildren!


Past Recipients

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