Since 1988, Samuel Tsugawa has served as Director of Orchestras at Springville Senior and Junior High Schools, Nebo School District. He holds bachelor and master of music education degrees from Brigham Young University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Arizona State University. Ensembles under Dr. Tsugawa’s baton have a reputation as outstanding performance groups consistently earning superior ratings at local, state, regional, and national music festivals and competitions. Recognized by his colleagues as an accomplished classroom teacher, Dr. Tsugawa has received state teacher of the year by the honors twice from the Utah American String Teachers Association (1996 & 2011), the Utah Music Educators Association’s Superior Accomplishment Award (2006) and Outstanding High Music Educator Award (2011), Phi Delta Kappa’s 2006 Utah WalMart Teacher of the Year, and the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education (2013). Also recognized as an able researcher, Dr. Tsugawa has a growing number of publications, and has presented papers at national and international research conferences. Dr. Tsugawa currently serves as President of the Utah Music Educators’ Association.