Bruce Moss conducting
BRUCE MOSS NAMED MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Ask any BGSU music student, past or present, who Dr. Bruce Moss is and chances are you will hear nothing but praise and admiration.
Moss, director of band activities for 23 years in the College of Musical Arts, was named Ohio Music Education Association's (OMEA) 2017 Most Outstanding Educator of the Year. The award recognizes and honors an OMEA member each year for his or her outstanding service, dedication and overall contribution to music education. The finalists need at least six nomination letters to be considered for the honor, and Moss had 65.
"I was surprised and humbled beyond words when seeing the long list of names of former students and peers from all over the country who wrote letters on my behalf," Moss said.
The list of people who nominated Moss is impressive. Some are former colleagues, but many are students who have gone on to pursue successful music careers. One of them is U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant director of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band. Nowlin studied with Moss for his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Nowlin said In his letter, "Dr. Moss's selfless commitment to students, stalwart advocacy for music education, personal and professional integrity, genuine care and concern for student growth, development and success, and his high level of musicianship make him a role model, mentor and tireless devotee to all fortunate enough to study under his baton."