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Madison Choir Director Rivera named Outstanding Young Music Educator

posted Nov 5, 2017, 10:54 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 5, 2017, 10:54 AM ]
Alex Rivera, the Choral DIrector of Madison Middle School, will receive the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Outstanding Young Music Educator award in January 2018.

The ceremony is a part of the OkMEA Winter Conference and will be held at the DoubleTree in downtown Tulsa in the Manchester Room beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Outstanding Young Music Educators have completed no more than five years of teaching, are members of NAfME/OkMEA, and demonstrate
excellence in the teaching of music as evidenced by competition, awards, and peer or administrator statements. Recipients have also grown, both personally and academically, as a music educator. Outstanding Young Music Educators are nominated by their peers, recommended by the OkMEA Awards committee, and confirmed by the OkMEA Executive
Board.

Alex Rivera is in his fifth year as the Choral Director at Madison Middle School in Bartlesville. He has served as a building coordinator and performing arts liaison and has mentored student teachers and beginning teachers. In 2017, he received the Masonic Teacher of Today Award. 

Rivera has been a clinician for middle school and junior high choirs in Muskogee, Poteau, and Durant. He is also the Artistic Director for Bartlesville Youth Chorus, the organist and choral accompanist at Bartlesville First Church, and teaches private voice. Rivera has also taught at the summer Oklahoma Wesleyan University Choir Camp for several years.

Rivera will serve as the chair for the 2019 Oklahoma Choral Directors Association (OCDA) All-State Treble Chorus and the 2020 OCDA All-State Mixed Chorus. He has served on the OCDA All-State committee for three years. Rivera recently presented a reading session at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Fall conference. He is an active member of
the National Association for Music Education, OkMEA, OCDA, Northeast Choral Directors Association, and Oklahoma Education Association. Rivera earned his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Rivera has sponsored the Harry Potter Club at Madison for five years. He and his wife, Callie, founded “Sing Out,” a vocal workshop for young women, which is in its fourth year. Rivera loves to spend time with his wife, kids, and cats.
Alex Rivera